London has no shortage of boutique fitness offerings, with more and more luxury gyms opening across the capital every year. But now that the fitness sector has finally reopened after lockdown, which are the best ones to put your name down for? Whether you’re looking for top-of-the-range personal training, a holistic wellness experience, gruelling exercise classes or world-class medical fitness, there’s something for everyone – here’s our edit of the very best gyms in London.
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.
Annual membership starts from £4,000 or £334 monthly, while pay-as-you-go personal training sessions start from £110 for 55 minutes
One of the smartest boutique gym offerings in the city, Third Space has outposts across the capital, including Soho, Marylebone and Canary Wharf. Their sleekly designed spaces come with state-of-the-art equipment, ranging from infinity-level 20m swimming pools with ultra-violet filtration technology to keep the water permanently purified to custom-built sprint tracks, athletic rigs and climbing walls.LondonBest gyms in Best gyms in London
Third Space also runs a packed timetable of weekly classes, ranging from weight training, spin and cardio to barre and yoga, and their newest gym in Islington comes with a dedicated family space for kids and a purpose-built ‘Quiet Room’ for pre or post-workout focus.
Monthly membership starts from £160
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.
Housed in a 12,000 sq ft industrial chic space in Marylebone, with impressive concrete pillars and murals of boxing legends on the walls, braided leather ropes hang from the ceiling and made-to-measure Di Nardo boxing gloves are provided while you’re getting your sweat on in the ring. 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.
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
This exclusive private members’ fitness and health club, located within Belgravia’s five star Lanesborough Hotel, boasts one of the most luxurious gyms in the capital, spread across 18,000 sq ft of gleaming marble, elegant interior design and opulent gilded changing rooms,
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 and dips in their relaxing hydro-pool. Since reopening on 1 August they’re also offering a series of outdoor exercise classes in nearby Hyde Park, with new cycle and running routes planned.
Annual memberships start from £6,000 or £525 per month, while day spa passes are available for £150
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 for 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.
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.
Monthly memberships start from £595
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’ and Bishopsgate, and there are plans for a Shoreditch offering soon.
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’ 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
Tucked away underneath the smart Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge sits Workshop, 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.
Their specifically tailored, one-to-one training sessions incorporate a mix of Pilates, boxing, water barre and yoga techniques and nutrition is 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
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 outposts in the UAE and the Maldives), who 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.
Their most exclusive offering 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
This boutique gym brand, which has six outposts in London including in Angel, Holborn 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.
You can expect to work up a serious sweat in their futuristic-looking gyms, which come with spacious changing rooms and shake bars for post-workout pick-me-ups.
Monthly memberships start from £99, and they also offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £23 per class