Whether you’ll find yourself in a beer garden, rooftop, at the gym, or both, gyms reopening on Monday 12th April in line with Boris Johnson’s four-step roadmap gives us all a beacon of hope for life getting back to normal. Ready to get your fitness game back? We’ve rounded up London’s best gyms to save you the prolonged research time…
11 Best London gyms
If you love puns you’re in luck, Gymbox Covent Garden is a Lumiere Cinema converted movie theater split across three floors featuring yellow neon aesthetic lighting. The entrance includes a quirky movie theater sign showing funny workout and film title-related wordplay. As a previous member, the staff openly encouraged me to give them ideas which added an extra element of fun to my workout. Personal Trainers encounter a tough selection process meaning you’ll receive the best of the best.
Other Gymbox locations include:
Bank, Cannon Street, Ealing, Elephant and Castle, Farringdon, Holborn, Old Street, Victoria, and Westfield London
Highly rated Third Space Soho boasts a very wide range of facilities split across three floors including a 75sqm climbing wall, hypoxic chamber, Natural Fitness Foods tailored with your goals in mind, a strength training area with a glass floor overlooking the 4 lanes, 20-meter pool, a 20m sprint track with a sled. Plus, there’s physiotherapy, sports massages, osteopathy, group classes featuring headsets giving you the voice of your instructor right in your ear, specialist combat area on offer. There’s also boxing ring, cycle, and (hot) yoga purpose-built studios matched with seriously luxury changing rooms referred as more “boutique hotel than gym” finished with Cowshed products, Ghd hairdryers, and straighteners, and an optional wash, dry & fold service.
Other Third Space locations include:
Islington, Tower Bridge, The City, Canary Wharf, Marylebone
If you’re heavily into weight and powerlifting (pun intended) the chances are you’ve heard of Kings Gym… an Instagram-friendly gym with its own clothing range which is not for the faint-hearted. Be ready to earnestly push your body to its limits. Those who train here often compete in physique competitions. Pre-Covid featured a range of member-only events including an exclusive trip to Greece and The Battle Of The Kings. Fairly priced at £30 for one month’s gym access or £300 for the year for Croydon use only and £499 for multi gym use.
Other Kings Gym locations include:
Best yoga and pilates gym: FLEX Chelsea
Known for their renowned yoga classes in light airy studios, FLEX Chelsea offers a unique take on post-Covid life with the continuation of online yoga classes including Power Flow, Vinyasa Flow, and Slow Flow within their studios providing you mats with iPhone/iPad holders so you can practice in the studio with their experiment saving you ££.
From popular New York gym, KARVE are the pioneers of the Transformer Pilates method. You’ll find the brand spanking new swanky London studios located on Kensington High Street. Founded and developed by Yulia Pashevkina, who spent years of research to find a class to train both the body and mind, it’s fast-flowing and fun. Be among the first to test their brand new signature spring-loaded machines in a 50 minute class designed to improve your body strength and metabolism. When the lights turn low and the music is turned up, the luxury loft-style studios will transport you straight to the Big Apple.
KX pronounced ‘kicks’ comes with a hefty price tag of £2,000 joining fees and £575 per month, it’s no wonder the club screams exclusive luxury members only. It’s said that the club hosts several royals and celebrities as members such as Pippa Middleton. Kick back at the members-only bar and restaurant or visit the spa for a treatment such as dermal fillers or treat yourself to a manicure.
Located in the heart of Soho just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus Underground station, this gym offers top-of-the-range fitness classes in its equipped spin studio and free weight areas catering to every fitness need. It is open from 6.30am, which makes it the perfect gym pre-shopping or work. You’ll receive a complimentary training session upon joining. Not enough? You’ll find innovative iPoint stations providing instructional workout videos so you can ace your form from a safe distance from others.
Other Fitness First locations include
Angel, Berkeley, Camden, Harringay, Highbury, High Holborn, The Strand, Waldorf, Bishopsgate, Broadgate, London Bridge, Devonshire Square, Fenchurch Street, Gracechurch, Ilford, Leyton, Liverpool Street, Monument, Romford, Spitalfields, Thomas More Square, Balham, Brixton, Clapham, Queen’s Park, Shepherd’s Bush, Streatham, Barker Street Fetter Lane, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road.
This gyms has strictly capped memberships and boasts the highest square foot per member in the city of London. It has state-of-the-art equipment with a focus on giving you the ability to train like a modern-day athlete alongside National, European, and World Champions. City Athletic Bank, situated in the heart of London’s financial district, offers a wide range of facilities such as a 2-lane multi-functional sprint track, Life-fitness & Hammer Strength equipment, custom-built power racks, and lifting platforms.
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Australia-founded functional community-driven gym chain F45 offers 36 different weekly cardio, resistance, hybrid, and recovery sessions combining high-intensity interval training (HIIT), functional, and circuit training. Each group class is toughly designed with the goal of burning up to 750 calories per 45-minute session improving metabolic rate, endurance, energy levels, and strength. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water because you’ll be dripping in sweat by minute 46!
Other F45 locations include:
Liverpool Street, Tower Bridge, Islington, Millwall, London Fields, Haggerston, Blackwall, Stratford
Founded in 1985, hardcore 24 hr Muscleworks Gym does what it says on the tin. Stretching over 8,000 sq ft and offering onsite personal training, as well as a nutrition store and protein bar, this is for the hardcore. A common misconception is that women should avoid lifting weights but the truth is it offers women countless health benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, body toning, and an all-around feeling of being powerful. Go get it, girl!
Other Muscleworks locations include:
No contract, budget-friendly 24hr gym chain. The gym includes free weight and functional training area areas, weight and cardio machines, showers and lockers all matched a laid-back atmosphere.
Other The Gym locations include:
Acton, Canning Town, Catford, Charing Cross, Croydon, Fulham, Holborn, Monument, Oxford Street, Stepney Green, Stockwell, Tooting, Vauxhall, Walworth Road, and more.