You’ve booked your London accommodation, and now you want to know the nitty-gritty: where can you work out on your next London stay? Whether you’re into Pilates or boxing, want some equipment, a pool or some space, we’ve got the best gyms in London for your next trip to the capital.
1. E by Equinox
Found in St James’, E by Equinox delivers everything you need from a gym in luxury style. It’s seriously swanky and you can expect everything from cooled eucalyptus towels through to a Cryotherapy chamber. If you’re serious about your workout but also serious about the pampering that your body gets, then this is the London gym that’s got your name on it.
Of course, with luxury like this, you can expect a sting in the price tag, but you’ll soon forget about that with this level of exclusivity and enjoy your workout at one of the best gyms in London.
Also high in the luxury stakes is ESPA Life at the five-star Corinthia Hotel. We know that many of our clients are keen to stay in a serviced apartment for the space, privacy and flexibility it brings. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hotel gym!
Unlike a grotty standard hotel gym, here you will find a really well-equipped and spacious gym with excellent facilities. Feeling self-conscious? Enjoy a private training pod. The gym itself is part of the hotel’s spa and health club so you can enjoy the 9 metre pool, mosaic steam room, sauna, ice fountain, experience showers and more.
3. The Fore
Convenient if you’re in North London, The Fore in King’s Cross is a fantastic all-rounder gym with fitness studio sitting alongside a co-working space; perfect for many of our business travellers. There are lots of different classes which you can enjoy from boxing and yoga to general fitness and strength. Here you’ll find fabulous equipment from rip trainers to free weights and Skillmill running machines. The changing rooms are spacious, clean and have private showers and toiletries to grab, so the whole experience is great.
Everything you need in a gym, DW Fitness First on Tottenham Court Road is definitely one of the best gyms in London. This is popular with Londoners and is very much a cross-trainer’s classic gym allowing for easy movement from cardio to weights. As well as a spin studio, there’s a swimming pool here too, but you’ll also have access to physiotherapy if you need it. This is a good affordable option for many.
Working out is made indulgent at the South Kensington Club. You’ll feel like you’re in a home away from home in this converted Georgian town house. It’s a private members club, so only really suitable if you’re going to be staying in London for a while. Expect elegance with stained-glass windows and wooden floors, and a decadent feel with an exquisite bathhouse complete with mosaic-lined Turkish hammams, plunge pools and a saltwater Watsu pool. With famous clientele you may just find yourself enjoy a boxing or Pilates session alongside a household name. Celebrity status and opulence easily make this one of the best gyms in London!
6. BXR London
If boxing is your workout of choice then you’ll want to make time to enjoy some sessions at BXR. Packing a punch with 12,000 sq ft of space, this is a world away from your dark and cramped typical boxing gym. Somewhat futuristic in feel and definitely inspiring, you’ll feel the part in the industrial surroundings. The equipment here is everything you’d expect and more and the good news is that there are plenty of pay-as-you-go options.
Open 24 hours so allowing for your jet lag or simply a sleepless night, Pure Gym in London Piccadilly is a contract-free gym with everything you’re looking for. There’s lots of equipment and a fair amount of space, but importantly, the price tag is definitely reasonable. You can even enjoy the gym as a casual visitor for just £11.99 for a day pass.
8. FLEX Chelsea
Buy a fortnight pass if you’re here for a flying visit, or sign up for even better savings, but FLEX, as its name suggests, is all about flexibility. With a focus on yoga, barre, and Pilates, you’ll find that they also offer a tonne of spin classes and HIIT options.
What we really love about FLEX is its light and airy feel – that’s not guaranteed in London gyms which are often found in basements, so it’s refreshing and welcome here.
We feel it could offer longer weekend hours, but if you’re a work-week worker-outer then Virgin Active in Kensington will be just fine. There’s lots of equipment here ensuring that you’ll never have to wait too long and it’s definitely got a club-like feel.
Found right near to High Street Kensington, this is convenient for you whether you want a swim or a HIIT session, a spot of weight training or a relaxing session in the steam room and sauna. They’ve even got Reformer Pilates equipment and trained instructors on site.
Again for our London business travellers, there’s a co-working space and café here too, making business trips in the capital that bit easier.
With two London sites, one in Holburn and one at London Bridge, UN1T are a fun and popular choice for many in London. UN1T put the science at the heart of all that they offer and you can expect to see tangible improvements in mobility and endurance as a result.
Expect state-of-the-art gym equipment paired with energised and lively trainers. If you want to use your gym experience to make some London connections, then sign up for the conditioning classes which very much focus on teamwork.
Describing itself as “the best personal training experience on the planet” you can rightly go into your time with Ultimate Performance with high expectations. Located in Mayfair, this is a celeb-hotspot, so if that’s important to you then eat your heart out.
Ultimate Performance is a place to go if you’re looking for the very best London personal trainers where you will be challenged. So, if you’re looking for a gym option in London where there’s no escaping the eagle-eye of a one-on-one PT then this is it.
Rig, Reshape, Rumble or Ride in these fast and pumping classes at 1Rebel. The idea is that you can fit in a workout in your lunchbreak or after work and combine it with some social fun too. Expect classes in a dark environment with lights flashing and music blaring – there might even be a live band!
An excellent gym and health club in North London is Third Space Islington. This is a luxury gym with a down-to-earth feel. Third Space offers quite a different take on starting out at a new gym because they will screen you for posture problems and weaknesses before you start and create a bespoke fitness plan.
If you’ve got the family with you on your London stay, Third Space even have a child-friendly rig and a family swimming pool.
14. Core Collective
With gyms in Kensington, Knightsbridge and St John’s Wood, Core Collective is all about offering workout opportunities in beautifully classy environments. With architect-designed settings and stylish interiors, you’ll be nicely distracted from your burning muscles. You can even take a look at the art in the Maddox Gallery.
Classes are broken down into sweat, strength, sculpt and recovery, so you can find exactly what you are looking for. When you’re done you can cool down at the smoothie bar and café.
Affordable and flexible, The Gym Group at Wembley Park is pretty ideal for short-term visitors to London who want the option of using equipment or attending classes. There’s something for all gym bunnies here, from the novice to the pro.
If you’re staying in London at a serviced apartment and having use of a gym is important to you, then get in touch. A number of our apartments have gyms onsite and we can offer advice about these. Alternatively, we can let you know which gyms are near where you want to stay and share information about additional extras like co-working spaces.