We all know that keeping fit is essential for our health (not to mention keeping that beach body, or at least being able to fit into those skinny jeans!). And for many of us, this means that the gym culture is now ingrained into our daily or weekly regime.
But there’s nothing to say that this can’t be a pleasurable experience. And working out in the 21st century is a far cry from the ‘spit and sawdust’ gyms of yesteryear.
So with that in mind, below is a list of what we consider (in our humble opinion) to be the top 9 best health clubs in London. And don’t worry, there are options for all budgets, from the realistic to the outrageous – there really is something for everyone.
Jubilee Hall Health Centre, Covent Garden
The centrally located Jubilee Hall Health Centre is a breath of fresh air when it comes to London gyms. Affordable, huge, an excellent array of gym stations, a superb fitness class program, the largest set of free weights in Central London and a great basketball court all mean that its many loyal members firmly say this is the best gym in London.
For a very reasonable £55 a month, you get unlimited use of the gym and exercise classes, and even better, you’re not tied into any contract whatsoever. The only downside is that there’s no swimming pool, but for those who’re looking for a gym that offers the latest in workout stations, then look no further.
At the other end of the scale, and strictly for women only, the luxurious Grace in Belgravia describes itself not as a gym, but as a ‘private member’s club for women’. The only such club in London, the club boasts a state of the art gym, a luxury spa with all expected facilities, a wide variety of treatments from anti-aging to life coaching, nutrition to pre-natal care, and a delightful café where you can feast on the world’s healthiest cuisines from breakfast through to dinner.
Walking into the building you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered a stately home, with its high vaulted ceilings, immaculate décor and ambient mood lighting. But don’t be under the impression that this isn’t a place to get fit, because the staff here are totally committed to making you the very best you can be, in every aspect of your life.
Naturally, all this comes at a cost, with full member prices of around £5,500 per annum plus a £2,000 joining fee. There are some less costly memberships available as well.
The Harbour Club, Chelsea
The exclusive Harbour Club in Chelsea offers everything you could wish for from an upmarket health club. A 23-metre swimming pool (plus 14 metre waterfall pool), no expenses spared gym, spa, exercise classes, personal trainers and some of the finest indoor tennis facilities in the world.
Once again, this luxury doesn’t come cheap, with even the cheapest of membership fees costing thousands of pounds. But if you’re looking for amazing facilities and a truly exclusive atmosphere, then this might be just the health club you’ve been looking for.
Barry’s Bootcamp, Euston
A great location once again, Barry’s Bootcamp is the London arm of the phenomenon that’s seen so many faithful followers across the pond in the USA.
This is a gym for those who want fast and fantastic results, and who don’t mind getting hot and sweaty to do so. Wait until you see the expanse of treadmills, free weights and other kit! There’s no doubting that this unique workout does exactly as it promises – and there’s a long line of Hollywood A list stars to prove it.
If you’re looking for a spot of luxury without the exorbitant fees, then Lomax may well hit the spot.
The club offers everything you need to cater to your fitness, nutrition and wellbeing needs, without tying you into a long contract or hefty membership costs.
You can take a free trial session to see if it’s for you, and from then on you work out on a pay as you go basis (a block of 12 sessions costs £690). This is a great place for those who want serious results, and aren’t afraid to work hard to get them.
South Kensington Club, Kensington
Members are also welcome to use the nearby tennis courts and get access to various art institutions and private members clubs. This is a place that embodies the complete body, from the physical to the mental well being. Entering this den of tranquility is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Central London – but expect to pay upwards of £4,000 per annum for the privilege.
Ageis Training Ltd, Liverpool Street
With membership prices starting from £97 per month, Ageis Training Ltd is a huge gym that offers various training options including bootcamps, flexible personal coaching, semi private training or a completely bespoke service.
They specialise in helping the time-short professional worker get the results they need. In addition to the workouts, these guys will advise you on all aspects of your life, and completely understand how the stresses of the busy professional can have an impact your health.
Thirty Seven Degrees, Tower Bridge
With its scenic location overlooking the River Thames, Thirty Seven Degrees offers everything you can think of for a complete health club experience. A superb gym, beauty spa, excellent workout class program and a 20 metre swimming pool all combine to give the ultimate gym experience.
And the great thing about it is that it won’t max out your credit card to join, with corporate membership prices starting from £88 per month.
Reebok Sports Club, Canada Square
The superbly chic Reebok Sports Club provides everything you could wish for from such a centrally located club. Complete with a 23 metre swimming pool, boxing ring and climbing wall, along with all the other facilities you’d expect from a gym, the recent multi-million pound facelift the club has recently undergone certainly shows. And with its wonderful location in Canada Square, Canary Wharf, the floor to ceiling windows give you an awesome view whilst working out.
Membership prices start from £120 a month, making it an affordable gym for most. And they offer the flexibility to freeze membership if for any reason you’re unable to attend.