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The 15 most exclusive gyms and health clubs in London to work out in style

From state-of-the-art high-tech to holistic wellbeing centres, these are the luxury gyms in London that offer the finest fitness experiences

London has no shortage of boutique fitness offerings, but have you ever asked yourself where to find the very best gyms? With more and more luxury gyms opening across the capital every year, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for top-of-the-range personal training, a holistic wellness experience, gruelling exercise classes or world-class medical fitness. Here’s our edit of the best gyms in London.

Lanserhof at The Arts Club

This revolutionary offering at the Arts Club on Dover Street, dubbed “the world’s first medical gym”, gives you access to some of the country’s finest medical professionals as your fitness coaches. The airy space is spread across six floors and comes with a high-tech induction process that includes a ride in an aerospace-inspired machine that assesses your body composition, posture, gait and musculoskeletal system, the results of which form the basis of your bespoke training and treatment programme.

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As for their cutting-edge Technogym, it features smart machines that recognise guests and automatically sync to their individual personal training programmes, and there are also over 250 exercise classes on offer each month, including Pilates, yoga and spin. If you’re looking to seriously overhaul your health and fitness, this is one of the best gyms in London to go for. As for their cutting-edge Technogym, it features smart machines that recognise guests and automatically sync to their individual personal training programmes, and there are also over 250 exercise classes on offer each month, including Pilates, yoga and spin.

Annual membership starts from £4,000 or £334 monthly, while pay-as-you-go personal training sessions start from £110 for 55 minutes
17-18 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4LT
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Third Space

When it comes to the best gyms in London, Third Space is always right near the top of the list. The boutique gym brand has nine outposts across the capital, including Soho, Mayfair and Canary Wharf. Their latest opening in Wimbledon is one of their most impressive yet, featuring a vast 45,000 square foot workout arena and London’s largest multi-functional training space, The Yard. As well as offering over 100 classes a week that include reformer Pilates, hot yoga and Poweride, the gym is also home to one of the finest spas in south west London, which comes with a 25m pool, a 15-person hydropool, a plunge pool, two saunas and a steam room – perfect for a spot of post-workout relaxation. 

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All Third Space gyms are truly cutting-edge when it comes to specialist training spaces and spa areas. Their Mayfair club features a sleek Eleiko strength training area, a performance watt bike zone and a Himalayan sea-salt walled sauna, while the Moorgate club features a specialised circular combat zone, an uphill, sprint self-timed track and a dedicated recovery lounge with compression sleeves and percussive therapy guns. 

Monthly membership starts from £220
Branches in Wimbledon, Moorgate, Mayfair, Marylebone, Islington, Canary Wharf, Soho, Tower Bridge and the City
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Espa Life at Corinthia

The Corinthia Hotel is known for having one of the capital’s loveliest – and largest – spas, but did you know it’s also home to one of the finest luxury gyms in London? As well as being the place to come for therapies and treatments, their recent collaboration with AMP (Athletic Medical Performance) means this is also a brilliant spot to kickstart your wellness journey and get back into shape. The gym features all the latest equipment from Technogym, Peloton, BLK BOX and Theragun, and you’ll also find specially-designed PT Pods complete with weight benches, racks, rigs, pull-up bars and high-performance turf.

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If you prefer something with a slightly gentler pace, the gym also offers a series of yoga sessions, specialising in vinyasa, yin and pregnancy yoga, which are either offered on a one-to-one basis or as part of group classes. There are also one-to-one personal training sessions available, as well as small group training sessions which take place throughout the day. Afterwards, you can take a dip in the spa’s nine-metre steel-lined pool, or go for a quick nap in one of the ‘sleep pods’ – semi-private areas decked out with cosy cushions and blankets.

Gym access is available with Espa Life spa membership, which starts from £385 per month
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD
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Blok

If you’re on the hunt for a cool east London gym, this is the place to come. With spaces that feel more like hip contemporary art galleries than gyms, Blok prides itself on offering top fitness destinations in unusual spaces – their first outpost in Clapton is housed in a converted Victorian tram depot, while their Shoreditch studio features the sort of steel beams, brushed concrete and exposed brick walls you’d find in a chic warehouse loft.  

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There are 32 different types of pay-as-you-go classes to choose from here, including yoga, Pilates, boxing and barre. But the real highlight is Blok’s own custom classes, which include the high-octane circuit class BlokFit, BlokMove, designed to develop flexibility, core strength and balance, and BlokFlex, which combines HIIT and stretching. Their Shoreditch space is also home to a popular café, where you can refuel with protein shakes and healthy plant-based bites. 

Membership starts from £85 for five classes
The Tram Depot, Clapton, London E5 8BQ
Principal Place, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3BL
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John Reed

The first London outpost from hip Berlin-based fitness export John Reed features a design-led aesthetic that feels more like a cool nightclub than a gym – walking into reception you’re greeted by a turntable piled high with vinyls and graffiti lines the walls. Describing itself as “an immersive international fitness club”, there’s a huge emphasis on music here, with carefully curated playlists for workout sessions and music programming with live DJs. 

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That’s not to say they don’t also take their fitness seriously. Their training spaces feature all the latest equipment, where you can work out in front of Grecian-inspired statues and lift weights against murals painted by local artists, and there’s a jam-packed schedule of classes on offer, from Pilates and hot yoga to barre and boxing, which is accessed through an LED tunnel. 

Monthly membership starts from £140

90 Liverpool Street, The City, London EC2M 2AT 
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Eight Core

Part of one of London’s premium members’ club offerings, Eight Club, Eight Core offers one of the most luxurious workout spaces in the capital. Members at their Moorgate site work with a personal trainer to create a bespoke fitness schedule, whether that’s improving your strength and conditioning through Crossfit or working on your core stability. There’s also a diverse range of classes on offer, from HIIT sessions and Pilates to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai boxing sparring. 

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Membership gives you access to their bespoke nutrition app, where you can put together weekly meal plans to maximise results, as well as a sports medicine clinic run by Dr Kal Parmar, a leading Sports and Exercise Medicine physician, who’ll assess any aches and pains and figure out the best treatment options. 

Premium membership costs £1,750 per annum 
1 Dysart Street, Moorgate, London, EC2A 2BX
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The Body Lab

This high-tech luxury gym on High Street Kensington bills itself as the place “where science meets wellness”, and the whizzy equipment on offer certainly lives up to that promise. Alongside state-of-the-art machines from the likes of Technogym and Keiser, there are several facilities that have never been seen in the UK before, like the Hyperbaric Hydroxy AirPod, which speeds up the body’s healing process, and the coldest whole body Cryotherapy Dual Chamber in Europe, set at a bone-chilling -110 degrees Celsius. 

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The focus here is on creating a holistic journey that will leave you feeling in peak condition – while the workouts are gruelling, there’s a lot of emphasis on optimising recovery to help reduce inflammation and stress, with an infrared sauna and the UK’s largest float tank on hand for post-workout relaxation. They’ve even thought about the lighting, which is cool during the day and warm in the mornings and evenings to mimic the body’s circadian rhythm.

Membership packages start from £5,000 per annum.
151-153 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 6SU
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Vita

Chelsea welcomed a new high-end fitness destination at the beginning of 2022 in the form of Vita, a six-story studio overlooking Sloane Square. The beautifully designed space, which features natural materials and warm colours inspired by the founder’s Mediterranean roots (‘vita’ means ‘life’ in Italian), the gym is home to dedicated personal training studios as well as three floors that house Reformer Pilates, yoga and barre studios.

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Rounding out their 360 approach to wellness you’ll also find treatment rooms dedicated to physiotherapy, osteopathy, sport massage and nutrition, as well as their Grab & Glow café, which serves up excellent Italian coffee, superfood-filled salads and low-sugar post-workout treats.  

Unlimited packages start from £298 per month
31 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8AQ
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BXR

Known as London’s finest boxing gym – which is no surprise, considering it’s co-owned by double heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who trains here – BXR is nothing like the spit-and-sawdust boxing rings you might have visited before. In fact, since launching it’s made a name for itself as one of the best gyms in London.

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The original site is housed in a 12,000 square foot industrial chic space in Marylebone, with impressive concrete pillars and murals of boxing legends on the walls, while downstairs you’ll find Sweat by BXR, their pay-as-you-go fitness class offering that includes strength and conditioning and yoga sessions, as well as Europe’s only Versa Climber class. Further sites have followed, including a studio in Canary Wharf and their newest space in the City, which is London’s highest gym and offers staggering views over the capital’s skyline. They’re also set to open another studio imminently in the revamped Battersea Power Station, in the heart of their Turbine Hall. 

Annual memberships start from £1,375 or £125 per month, and they also offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £30 per class
Branches in Marylebone, Canary Wharf and the City
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The Lanesborough Club & Spa 

This exclusive private members’ fitness and health club, located within Belgravia’s five-star Lanesborough Hotel, boasts one of the best luxury gyms in the capital, spread across 18,000 square feet of gleaming marble, elegant interior design and opulent gilded changing rooms.

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The club offers a 360-degree approach to wellbeing, with tailored fitness programmes on state-of-the-art machines and a roster of challenging exercise classes balanced out with spa treatments carried out by some of London’s leading therapists, as well as dips in their relaxing hydropool. 

Joining fee range between £1,000 – £2,000; Monthly between £300 – £525; Annual between £3,500 – £6,000 
2 Lanesborough Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7TA
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KX

This ultra-smart gym (which is pronounced ‘kicks’) has been a Chelsea institution since opening in 2002 and has trained everyone from Pippa Middleton to Gwyneth Paltrow – rumour has it this is even where Prince Harry got into shape ahead of his wedding. Alongside their top-of-the-range gym there’s a swimming pool and spa, as well as specially designed fitness studios for martial arts, spinning and yoga. 

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All members also undergo a detailed health analysis upon joining, measuring everything from your body composition to your DNA make-up, and there are in-house clinics where you can book in for physiotherapy sessions and aesthetic medical treatments. Membership also includes monthly assessments to help you check and support your wellness and fitness goals.

Monthly memberships start from £615
151 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3AL
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Equinox

This brand of gyms has a long-time cult following across the pond, where it originated, and has been just as successful since launching over here with their first outpost on High Street Kensington in 2012. Since then, two more clubs have followed, in St James’s and Bishopsgate.  

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Their spaces are some of the most beautifully designed in London, with their light-filled Kensington gym housed beneath a domed skylight and their St James’s spot featuring grand marble pillars and corniced ceilings. Alongside their well-equipped gyms, which come with fridges filled with eucalyptus-scented towels, members also have access to cryotherapy chambers and a compression therapy area to speed up recovery and improve athletic performance.

Monthly memberships start from £215
Branches in Kensington, St James’s and the City
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Workshop Gymnasium

Tucked away underneath the smart Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge, Workshop is one of the city’s best-kept fitness secrets. Founded by personal trainer Lee Mullins, who’s responsible for the chiselled bodies of Adriana Lima and Amy Jackson, this is the first port of call for the fashion elite, who love it for its chicly minimal design and expert trainers – plus the fact that you’ll find them in Bulgari hotels around the world, from Dubai and Milan to Bali and Beijing. 

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Their specifically tailored, one-to-one training sessions incorporate a mix of Pilates, boxing, water barre and yoga techniques, and nutrition is also a key part of their programme, which is why they launched their own line of all-natural supplements in 2017.

Annual memberships start from £3,500 and pay-as-you-train sessions are available from £150
171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW
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Bodyism

Founded by celebrity trainer James Duigan, whose clients have included Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Elle Macpherson and Emilia Clarke, Bodyism is known as one of the world’s leading holistic wellness companies. Its flagship space on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill attracts well-heeled locals and visiting elite alike – the gym also has an outpost at Heckfield Place, as well as in the UAE and the Maldives.

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They come for their expert PT sessions and exercise classes, which include boxing, barre, dance cardio and their signature sessions, a dynamic fusion of interval training, Pilates, yoga, meditation and stretching. There are several membership tiers, the most exclusive of which is the Platinum membership, which starts with a Body Oracle assessment to evaluate physical strength, injuries, sleep patterns and lifestyle, before a bespoke ‘blueprint’ is created for future training.

Annual memberships start from £1,500 or £130 per month, while their Platinum membership is £30,000 per annum
222-224 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RH
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1Rebel

This boutique gym brand, which has 11 outposts in London including in Angel, Oxford Circus and the City, is known for hosting some of the toughest exercise classes in the capital. Their gruelling sessions include Rumble, a 45-minute boxing battle filled with punching combos and bodyweight drills; Ride, their take on a high-octane spin class with revolutionary lighting and sound systems (more like a night-club session than a workout class); and Reshape, their full-body workout that mixes quick fire rounds of high-powered treadmill sessions with dynamic weight sequences.

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Their newest offerings are Reformer, which is their take on Reformer Pilates complete with darkened rooms and state-of-the-art Reformer beds, and Rig, a custom-created HIIT programme that has you moving through four zones: bike, row, bench and rig. 

Unlimited passes cost £179 per month
Branches in Mayfair, Hammersmith, Holborn, Angel, Victoria, South Bank, Bayswater, Broadgate and Liverpool Street
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Main picture: Lanserhof at The Arts Club
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