The Handbook
The Handbook

Now that we’ve waved goodbye to the present shopping and mince pies, it’s a good time to start trying out those New Year’s resolutions you’d promised yourself you would stick to this year. Get ahead of the curve and replace the gin with the gym, sigh. Seriously though, now that the winter weather is here it’s incredibly tempting to crawl back under the covers and not get up at the crack of dawn and head to the gym (come on, I know you snoozed your alarm this morning), but to get your blood pumping and back in the fitness groove, we’ve rounded up London’s most luxurious gyms that you’ll certainly want to snap a selfie in (and shake away the winter cobwebs of course!).

Grab your finest gym gear, slip on your trainers and let’s get sweat, sweat, sweating!

Eight Core

If you think of yourself as one of London’s bona fide gym bunnies, you’re in for a treat. The capital is getting a brand new gym for 2020 and it’s seriously luxe. Eight Core will sit inside Eight Club London’s private members’ club.

World class coaches will be at the helm of Eight Core where they’ll be making you work up a sweat with daily morning, lunchtime and evening classes. The schedule will be vast and varied offering everything from boxing to Pilates, Olympic lifting and even wrestling. If classes aren’t your thing, there’ll be top of the range equipment available including machines and weights as well as a cardio area. And to ensure you engage in a 360 health kick in 2020, you’ll be able to take advantage of Eight Core‘s medical centre and health food cafe.

But the best bit? If you sign up this side of the new year before the gym opens in January, you can save on your membership. Eight Core are currently running a pre-sale at £1,750 including VAT and joining fee. It includes membership to both clubs and access to Eight Core, including all classes. From the end of January the price will increase to £1,950+VAT plus joining fee taking it to £2,415.

What are you waiting for?

Where: Eight Club, Dysart Street, London EC2A 2BX
Website: www.eightclub.co.uk

Harbour Club Chelsea

Chelsea dwellers, we’ve found the ultimate gym for you to get your sweat on. We’re talking six stunning studios, 12 world-class tennis courts and three dreamy swimming pools and spa. Waltz over to the new look Harbour Club Chelsea and get sweat, sweat, sweating in one of their cycle classes or channel your inner yogi in a chic yoga class. If you’re looking to cool off after a pumping workout, make a splash in one of their three pools.

Where: Harbour Club Chelsea, Watermeadow Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.4 miles)
Website: www.harbourclub.com

The Clock

This one needs little introduction because it’s already been dubbed the winner of Tatler‘s Gym of the Year Awards 2019, so we expect they’ve received queues upon queues of eager fitness fanatics racing to grab themselves a membership. The Clock offers award-winning 15 minute HIT supervised training sessions, tailored nutrition and consistent monitoring, that help you achieve your goal quickly. Inside you’ll find The Clock’s ‘time piece’ that lives within each club, resembling the inner works of a clock. Using the short bursts of high intensity training, combined with personally tailored, low glycemic nutrition plans designed to balance the body’s insulin levels. This is all well and good but we all know your real motivation for grabbing yourself a membership here, and it’s to snap a selfie on the copper fitness equipment…

Where: Various across London
Website: www.theclock.com

Equinox

Adding a sparkle (or dripping sweat) to your gym game is Equinox. The luxury gym is home to elevated experiences, a luscious club space, a dream spa and unparalleled amenities, and was created and developed by the industry’s finest minds. The fitness fanatics running their energetic classes are there to fiercely inspire and ignite a new level of fitness you’ve got lurking inside of you.

Where: 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5SA
Website: www.equinox.com

KX Life

When you think of a luxury gym, your first thoughts flood to KX Life and its legendary status in the fitness world. These guys use holistic approaches to wellness that are all encompassing and individually tailored to fit your personal needs, focusing on personal training, nutrition, physical and holistic therapies. KX Life’s goal is to ensure your wellness program inspires and motivates you, helping you achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Where: 151 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3AL
Website: www.kxlife.co.uk

Core Collective

We’ll let you onto a little secret… We’ve found the hottest new gym and it’s launching this Saturday! That’s right, Core Collective is launching a new location, only this time it’s in St John’s Wood. This luxury, pay-as-you-go fitness space will push you to new limits as you jog your way through the three studios and into one of their popular classes. Stop off at the smoothie bar for a post-workout treat and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day throws at you.

Launching 19th October 2019

Where: 47-51 St John's High Street, NW8 7NJ
Website: www.core-collective.co.uk

BXR London

With the Anthony Joshua seal of approval, London’s finest boxing gym is housed in a 12,000 square foot space in the heart of Marylebone. Marketed as a high-end boxing gym, it offers state-of-the-art equipment, paired with changing rooms stocked with complimentary Malin & Goetz products and sauna and steam facilities. Its sleek and stylish interior is a moody nod to industrial chic, from Berman Interiors. Non-members can try out classes based on cardio, strength and conditioning and boxing training at their pay-to-train studio, Sweat by BXR.

Where: 24 Paddington Street, Marylebone, W1U 5QY
Website: www.bxrlondon.com

1Rebel

High-end gyms tend to be restrictive – yes the services are great but you find yourself locked into lengthly, expensive contracts. 1REBEL somewhat revolutionised the London exercise scene when it opened back in 2015 offering all the luxury of a boutique studio (fridges packed with cold towels, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries and GHDs) whilst referring to itself and the ‘anti-gym’ – hence the name. Forget what you know about classes and book in for one of their signature RIDE, RESHAPE or RUMBLE sessions. You’ll feel like you’ve been at a secret underground rave by the time you’re sat back at your desk with perfectly straightened hair.

Where: Broadgate and St Mary Axe
Website: www.1rebel.co.uk

Another_Space

Another_Space does luxury in an affordable way. Simply buy your credits online and drop in to one of their yoga, HIIT or cycle classes whenever you want. The studios are high tech (think electric screens covering the windows of the studios of privacy), the operation is slick (you’ll be given a numbered mat to practice at) and you can end with a juice from the upstairs juice bar packed with KIN protein.

Where: 4-10 Tower Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP
Website: www.anotherspace.london

Mindset Fit

Mindset Fit are right on the money because, after all, your mindset is the most important thing when it comes to hitting the gym. The gym has been designed to help its users rejuvenate their mental and emotional health alongside keeping fit, offering a range of five bespoke group training classes across its 3,500 sq ft. And, you haven’t got to worry about hunting for the dumbbells because the Mindset Fit set up isn’t complicated at all. There are two large studio areas where the classes will take place, which includes a nutrition bar and designer showers and changing rooms.

Where: 170 Westminister Bridge Road, SE1 7RW
Website: www.mindsetfit.co.uk

Barry's Bootcamp

Bootcamps have a bit of a bad reputation but there’s no denying they’re a hit with the celebrities. Barry’s Bootcamp London follows its hugely successful Stateside predecessor. The red-lit room features a row of high tech treadmills alongside a row of individual steps and each day focuses on a different muscle group – so there’ll be no missing out on leg day…

Where: Various Sites Across The City
Website: www.barrys.com

Psycle

Aside from looking really rather cool, Psycle is also a space that’s got it all going on. With a mission that triumphs people, connection, strength and community, there are a range of classes on offer from yoga to barre to strength and ride. But, don’t get your zen on just yet; Psycle focus on pushing boundaries and testing limits, to get you working out to the best of your ability, slacker!

Where: Mortimer Street | Shoreditch | Clapham | Westbourne
Website: www.psyclelondon.com

Barrecore

Barrecore has become a fitness haven for eager exercisers alike. When Niki Rein moved from LA to London she found that the barre classes that she loved at home hadn’t made it across the pond, so in 2011 she set up Barrecorre, the first specialist barre studio in London. Fast forward to 2020 and London is abrim with barre classes for all levels and abilities, set to pumping music to get you in the groove.

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.barrecore.com

Bodyism

Known for being a hit with the celebs and influencers, Bodyism is a holistic health club that works as much to make you feel relaxed as it does to give you a great exercise class. The light expels vitamin D and the air is pure and oxygenated, so as they say just stepping into the club will benefit you.

Where: 222 - 224 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Website: www.bodyism.com

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