If you’re serious about honing your body and improving your performance this year, then you’ll know that overcrowded gym-chains which reek of sweat and #GymSelfies are not the place to do it. Thankfully, London boasts some of the countries most exclusive gyms that offer a great deal more than just yoga or spinning classes.
So if you’re a fan of something a little better than the norm, we’ve collated a list of London’s most prestigious gyms that you need to know about.
Best For A Premium Gym Service: Equinox
Equinox is known all over the world for the premier gym. All housed in a series of beautiful buildings across London, their gym packs quite the punch, there are 102 classes per location available every week covering yoga, boxing, running, weight training, barre, TRX, cycling, cardio and dance. Depending on your location you can also take advantage of a range of extra amenities, including a members’ lounge, laundry valet, steam room and full service spa. This is one for those of you who love the typical member setup and health club layout.
Price: From £200/month
Location: Kensington | St. James’s | Bishopsgate
Best For Good Old Fashioned Hard Work:
MCP – Manor
Manor already has countless strength-building classes to its credit. But now, with the arrival of its new unconventional training area, MCP, it’s set to test your strength of character too. A rough and ready converted space based in an underground car park at Manor’s SW1 site, MCP is focused on the mental aspect of your training. Basically – getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. Needless to say, then, that’s exactly Yard Work’s agenda, a hybrid of cardio and conditioning in which team efforts dictate timings, individuals’ failings enforce group penalties and mystery endurance exercises are introduced at the ring of a bell. It kind of place where good old fashioned hard work comes before selfies and posers, its no-frills just sweat (maybe tears) and hard graft – celebrating the struggle and pushing your physical and mental limits to the edge. Manor already counts hard-nut and ex-special forces Jason Fox (SAS Who Dares Wins) as part of its members, so if its good enough for the special forces, its good enough for you.
Location: 84 Eccleston Square, London SW1 (Manor locations also at Old Street, Oxford Circus and Vauxhall)
Best All-Rounder: Thirdspace
Thirdspace health clubs are designed as an antidote to the stress of everyday life. They offer a unique luxury aesthetic complete with all the latest equipment. Each site offers around 130 free classes a week – including weight training, yoga, spinning, HIT and strength and conditioning – as well as swimming pools, climbing walls, martial arts and dance. There are also live DJS, a spa, on-site medical services, restaurants and even a gym kit laundry service, all of which help Third Space challenge the monotony of standard gyms and make working out a pleasure. This is most likely definitely one of, if not these most luxurious clubs in London right now.
Price: From £170/month
Location: Tower Bridge | Soho | Marylebone | Canary Wharf | Islington | City
Best For Boutique Fitness: Core Collective
Despite, Core Collective’s prime locations in Kensington, Knightsbridge and St John’s Wood, it’s flexible member options with no sign-up fee, no contract and no monthly charges make it an more than an appealing option for the casual gym-goer. Ideal for no-fuss class-enthusiasts, this gym focuses on interval training, cycling, yoga, spin and TRX. Depending on the location you pick, there’s also a juice bar, cafe and even an art gallery.
Price: From £18/class
Locations: Kensington | Knightsbridge | St John’s Wood
The Best For Aesthetics: BLOK
BLOK offers an aesthetic marvel for a small boutique gym. Its diverse programme of pay-per-go classes span boxing, barre (thats ballet to me and you), yoga and HIIT classes. Highlights include one of London’s only callisthenics classes; as well as high-paced and exuberant, calorie-torching BLOKFIT and BLOKPARTY, which is set to a killer soundtrack. The schedule allows you to easily segue from an intense cardio class to a relaxing dose of Yin Yoga all in one evening. Expect motivating, friendly instructors; state-of-the-art equipment and impressive results. In East London style, a low-key techno beat plays throughout the changing rooms.
Price: From £17/class
Locations: Shoreditch | Clapton | Manchester