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 work up a sweat in one of London’s luxury gyms.
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 luxury gyms where all the fitness influencers flock.
If you think of yourself as one of London’s bona fide gym bunnies, you’re in for a treat. The capital saw a newcomer back in 2020 and it’s seriously luxe. Eight Core sits inside Eight Club London’s private members’ club.
World-class coaches are 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 is vast and varied offering everything from boxing to Pilates, Olympic lifting and even wrestling. If classes aren’t your thing, there’s 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 2023, you’re able to take advantage of Eight Core‘s medical centre and health food cafe.
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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, three dreamy swimming pools and a 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.
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.
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, and 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.
Never sure where to train? Core Collective have got locations all across London, including its newest spot in St John’s Wood. These luxury, pay-as-you-go fitness spaces push you to new limits as you jog your way through the three studios and into one of their popular classes. Stop by the smoothie bar for a post-workout treat and you’ll be ready to take on whatever the day throws at you.
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.
High-end gyms tend to be restrictive – yes the services are great but you find yourself locked into lengthy, 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 as 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.
Bootcamps have a bit of a bad reputation but there’s no denying they’re a hit with 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…
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 is 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!
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 2023 and London is abrim with barre classes for all levels and abilities, set to pumping music to get you in the groove.
Known for being a hit with 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.
CYKL HAUS accelerates your fitness to life, ditching the boredom of exercise.
Fusing the ‘silent disco’ intimacy of having the music close to your ears and the exhilarating adrenaline buzz of indoor cycling. Our passionate instructors create a unique and fun fitness experience, ensuring you enjoy yourself so much you don’t even realise how many calories you have burned.
Whether you dissolve into the music or pound your feet away or feed off the energy of the class, you will leave with a spring in your step knowing a better you walks out, every time!
Where: 1A Devonshire Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2EU
Home of The Playground, ONE LDN is London’s favourite new functional fitness space. Located in the heart of Fulham, this 20,000-square-foot gym boasts small group personal training, yoga and pilates, classes, a luxury sauna, a cafe, and personal training. At ONE LDN, not only are you joining and gym, but you receive a community in return.
Where: Imperial Wharf Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, 13 The Blvd, London SW6 2UB
Vita is your guide into the perfect mix of core-strengthening, muscle-lengthening, and body-sculpting workouts. For a balanced and empowering training session, check out one of Vita’s unique classes. From reformer pilates to yoga to barre, there are options for everyone.
Where: Lurgan Mansions, 31 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AQ
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