Working out can be a serious drag, especially when you’re on a last minute work trip into the city or on a boozy mini-break with your gal pals. And, we’d be lying if we didn’t mention how easy it is to fall into the ‘I’ll work out tomorrow’ cycle. Seriously, we’ve all been there. That being said, if you fancy waking up at the crack of dawn to work up a sweat on your staycation, London’s bursting hotel scene is brimming with fully equipped gyms and personal trainers on hand to help you stay motivated on your mini trip away. Here’s our top nine picks.
Wellbeing is at the forefront of The Curtain’s values and with an outdoor swimming pool and billowing views over London’s skyline this good, we’re fully on board! After a warm-up dip in the pool, get down to work in the hotel’s gym and try out one of their new Peloton spinning bikes (psst – if you’re lucky enough to stay in one of their suites or junior suites, y’all can get one of these delivered to your room. Not bloomin’ bad).
45 Curtain Road, Hackney, EC2A 3PT
You’ll soon forget the hustle and bustle of city life when you step inside Le Méridien Piccadilly’s Health Club & Spa. Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat in the gym, make a splash in the tranquil pool, or even just relax with one of the indulgent spa treatments (we won’t tell if you don’t), the Health Club & Spa is open to all looking to unwind from city life and release some endorphins.
21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J OBH
Home to an 18 metre pool, holistic classes and high-tech gym facilities, Hotel Café Royal’s Akasha gym offers specialised support and a full team of industry professionals and personal trainers to help you achieve your fitness goal and potential. The gym also boasts a plethora of private studios offering one on one sessions or fitness classes personalised to you whether you’re a pilates kinda gal or looking to be the next Tommy Fury of boxing.
68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY
With a background as creative at Bankside Hotel it’s no surprise they mix things up a little when it comes to gymming it up. These guys have partnered up with StreetGym offering free fitness classes for their guests outside along the South Bank. Expect to be leap frogging, jumping from pillar to post, crawling down low and running along the South Bank. Classes run on Tuesdays
2 Blackfriars Road, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9JU
Spice up your fitness regime with a trip to BodySPace at ESPA Life. The brainchild of fitness gurus Stephen Price and David Higgins, the gym nuzzled inside The Corinthia Hotel champions the biggest names in the health industry, powerful technologies and holistic approaches, and there’ll be right at your fingertips when you fancy getting your heart rate up and work your glutes. ESPA Life has even designed special programmes that can be fit to your personal requirements no matter your ability or work out preference.
The Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
Nothing says a hotel experience like an indulgent dinner for two, but if you can tare yourselves away from South Place Hotel’s Michelin-starred resto, Angler, get your pulses racing in their fully equipped spa and gym. You can even complete your experience with your own personal trainer too.
3 South Place, Finsbury, EC2M 2AF
Find a gym with views this good, we’ll wait. Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is renowned for its mesmerising infinity pool, in fact you’ve probably seen a few snaps of it on your Insta discover page, but when it’s this stunning, how can you resist. Home to London’s highest gym, you’ll also find state of the art equipment as well as floor-to-ceiling windows boasting panoramic views over London’s iconic skyline. Wowee, we sure know we wanna work out here!
31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Free weights, cross trainers, rowing machines and yoga mats, what more could you possibly want? Nuzzled inside the InterContinental London – The O2, you’ll find their gym delivering all of your fitness needs whilst you’re away from home. Sweat it out on the machines before cooling off in the 17m swimming pool.
1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0TW
One membership at The Berkeley’s gym and you’ll be giving your followers serious FOMO. Recognised widely for its dreamy rooftop pool, we shouldn’t forget the rest of the hotel’s fitness facilities. Tare yourself away from the tranquility of the upstairs spa and plethora of treatments for an hour or two to pump your guns in the fully-equipped gym and really get your pulses racing. Expect to find free weights and resistance machines, electronic cardiovascular machines from Technogym and even your own personal TV or music system to really get in the flow.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL