While the last few months of virtual at-home workouts and outdoor fitness classes have provided a vital release during lockdown, there’s nothing quite like the buzz you get from visiting your local fitness studio and catching up with your favourite instructor in person. Now London’s finest studios have finally been given the green light to reopen, albeit with the introduction of extra safety and hygiene measures including reduced class sizes, no sharing of equipment and hand sanitising stations installed throughout. Here, we’ve rounded up the best places in London to get your next endorphin high.
One of London’s most popular yoga studios, with locations in Camden, Chelsea, Soho, Shoreditch and Ealing, Triyoga offers one of the widest range of yoga classes in the city, with something to suit every need. Led by some of the capital’s best-loved and most-experienced teachers, you can book in for everything from dynamic ashtanga and vinyasa flow to acroyoga and meditative kundalini. They also run specialist pre-natal sessions, as well as yoga for those recovering from cancer or dealing with extreme stress, and alongside their regular classes host a range of popular workshops, for those looking to take their practice to the next level.
The studios are reopening from 30 July and they offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £18 per class.
With 13 fitness studios across London in some of the city’s smartest neighbourhoods, including Chelsea, Notting Hill and Mayfair, Barrecore has become one of the best-loved boutique barre brands since launching in 2011. Led by expert teachers who have undergone over 200 hours of intensive barre and anatomy training, their signature 45-minute classes promise to sculpt and tone every inch of your body by delivering a combination of isometric exercises designed to give that signature Barrecore shake – if your legs, abs and arms aren’t quivering uncontrollably by the end, you’re not doing it right.
Their studios are now open and they offer a range of membership options, from The Once-A-Week for £120 per month to the Unlimited option for £250 per month.
Boutique fitness brand Core Collective, which has fitness studios in Kensington, Knightsbridge and St John’s Wood, run efficient, results-driven classes led by some of the city’s finest trainers. They offer a diverse range of workouts, from 45-minute circuits and high-octane spin sessions guaranteed to make you sweat to a fusion of TRX and kettle bell training, designed to build lean muscle, and stretch and yoga classes to reset and restore. What’s more, they also offer outdoor sessions, including HIIT training in the park, for those who prefer to take their workout outside.
Their studios are now open and they offer monthly membership for £195 and annual membership for £1,950, as well as a range of flexible class packs starting from £18 per class.
If you’re prone to injury or suffering from a nasty niggle but still want to get a killer workout, this is the place for you. Ten Health’s physio-led studios, which you’ll find everywhere from Mayfair and Fitzrovia to Notting Hill and Liverpool Street, offer HIIT, barre and yoga sessions, but their expertise is in reformer Pilates, which is performed on their top-of-the-range machines. Through a series of carefully crafted exercises using weighted springs and small dumbbells, the workouts aim to improve posture, increase mobility and strengthen weak backs. If you’re after a more tailored approach, they also offer one-on-one PT, sports massage and physio sessions.
Their studios are now open and they offer monthly membership from £185 and annual membership for £3,300, as well as a range of flexible class packs starting from £30 per class.
This Fitzrovia-based fitness studio, founded by former professional dancer and Broadway star Ashley Verma, opened to much fanfare when it launched in 2018 and counts Jourdan Dunn and Pippa Middleton among its fans. Inspired by a fusion of dance, ballet and Pilates, their fitness classes are an intense mix of fast-paced choreography, including isometric moves and cardio sequences, thigh and glute techniques, chiselling arm and ab challenges and elongating stretches. After just a few classes you’ll notice an improvement in your strength and flexibility, while regular workouts promise to deliver the long, lean limbs of a dancer.
The studio is now open and offers a range of flexible class packs starting from £28 per class.
Famous for their gruelling workouts beloved by the Beckhams and top models, Barry’s delivers real results fast. With fitness studios all across London, including locations in Belgravia, Notting Hill, St Paul’s and Hoxton, their high-intensity interval training classes are split between sprints on the treadmill and muscle-quivering weight training on the floor, and are designed to tone muscle and maximise fat burning. If you want to see what regular sessions here can achieve, just take a look at the trainers themselves, who all sport the sort of insanely toned physiques you’d usually find in the pages of a magazine.
Their studios are now open and they offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £23 per class.
Founded over 12 years ago, Heartcore was one of the original luxury fitness studios in London, bringing its unique brand of dynamic reformer Pilates classes to the city’s smartest neighbourhoods. Their studios are known for being some of the most beautiful in the capital, from the Tulum-esque décor in their Chelsea spot to their airy St John’s Wood location, which is housed in a former church and features vaulted ceilings and bleached wood floors. Alongside their core-quaking Pilates classes they also run barre, strength and conditioning and yoga sessions, as well as a mindful exercise offering called Ritual, a mix of yoga, Pilates and barre held in a dimly-lit room scented with sage and palo santo.
Their four central London studios – Chelsea, Fulham, Notting Hill and St. John’s Wood – are now open, with plans to reopen the remaining six in due course, and they offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £30 per class.
What started out as a boutique spin studio has now morphed into a multi-fitness brand, offering everything from metabolism-boosting strength and barre classes to restorative yoga sessions. That being said, their dynamic sessions on the Psycle bike are still their signature workout, held in a disco-lit studio and promising to deliver long, lean thighs rather than bulky quads. Their spaces, which you’ll find in Clapham, Shoreditch, Notting Hill and Fitzrovia, are known for being some of the most elegant in London, with sleekly minimal designs and spacious changing rooms.
Their studios are now open and they offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £22 per class.
FLEX’s light-filled fitness studio, which opened its doors on the Fulham Road last year and was designed as an alternative to some of the city’s more hectic offerings, provides the perfect environment for yoga, circuits and their signature ‘Peach for the Beach’ class, designed specifically to tone your glutes and abs pre-holiday. Rest assured you can still get your heart rate pumping in their neon-lit underground spin studio, which features state-of-the-art Keiser M3i bikes. Alongside their class schedule they also offer personal training and EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulator) sessions, which use NASA-grade technology to aid weight loss and toning.
The studio is now open and offers unlimited membership for £160 per month, as well as a range of flexible class packs starting from £22 per class and PT sessions for £95.
This east London haven, situated just off buzzy Well Street in Hackney, is known for its fun, laidback approach to exercise, with their endorphin-inducing classes placing a strong emphasis on overall health and wellbeing as well as providing a seriously good workout. Their four studios and two therapy rooms host a variety of yoga, barre, Pilates, meditation and fitness classes, from HIIT and tabata to kettle bell training and full body conditioning. Alongside this they also offer a range of holistic therapies, including Ayurvedic massage, energywork, reiki and reflexology, designed to nourish your mind, body and soul.
The studio is reopening from 1 August and each class costs £14 for a drop-in, with passes starting at £60 for five classes. They also offer monthly memberships, with eight classes per month for £69 or £110 for unlimited use.
This offering from across the pond – which just so happens to be the Duchess of Sussex’s favourite workout – is like a souped-up version of reformer Pilates, carried out on the bigger, better Megaformer machine, which was designed and trademarked by Studio Lagree’s founder, Sebastien Lagree. Each machine comes with a variety of weights, levers and pulleys, and countless reps and pulses will have you lunging lower and planking longer in no time. With locations in White City, Waterloo and Clerkenwell, their signature 50-minute Fusion sessions are designed to target every muscle in your body, leaving you gloriously honed and toned.
Their studios are now open and they offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £30 per class.
After becoming a household name in its native New York, this cult spin brand revolutionised London’s indoor cycling scene when it launched here last summer. With smart fitness studios in Soho and Notting Hill, founder Melanie Whelan describes the classes as “cardio parties”, and the aim here is to have a seriously good time as well as work up a sweat. Expect pumping music, with each playlist carefully curated by the individual instructor, low lighting (many of their studios are lit only by candlelight) and 45 minutes of intense sprints and climbs that will leave you with a euphoric high like no other.
Their studios are now open and they offer a range of flexible class packs starting from £16 per class.