One of the things I found myself missing a surprising amount during lockdown was proper fancy gyms. Instead of my cramped living room and a lacklustre pile of weights I craved the sleek changing rooms, the shiny clean spaces and the dramatic flashing lights. I couldn’t honestly say it was a better workout there, but it was absolutely a better experience. Unsurprisingly, I am eager to go back.
Now, new gyms are built to look GOOD. Sure, they’re still there to get you fit but chances are you’re more likely to keep going back to a place that you feel good about walking into.
Nowhere is this more evident than London. And it makes sense – if your house is a dingy studio flat with no windows, why wouldn’t you want your gym to look nice? Here, we round up some of the best looking places to work out. On top of that, they all have precautions in place to keep you safe from COVID as you sweat.BLOK Shoreditch
This brand new branch of BLOK (the other one’s in Clapton) was built, like its predecessor, with design in mind and with a view to creating a space where people would want to hang out before and after class (hence the café that doubles up as a gallery and workspace).
BLOK offers 25 different classes, from barre to yoga to HIIT, which cost between £10-17.
Find out more information here.Another Space
Anyone who’s visited the Covent Garden branch of Another Space knows that it’s worth forgoing a night out in order to book yourself a class as a treat at this luxury classes-only space.
Now, Another Space has opened another location in Bank, which has an even bigger changing room (plenty of showers and yes, Cowshed products everywhere). There’s still HIIT, yoga and spin on offer and it’s £20 a class (although buying in bulk does sweeten the deal.
Find out more information here.Heartcore
Mainly based in west London, the nine studios of Heartcore grew out of their signature dynamic Pilates workout (they now also do barre and strength and conditioning training). All their studios are pretty swanky but it’s the Notting Hill one we’re partial to.
It’s not cheap (£25 for a single class) but hey, if you’re looking for a payday treat, a Heartcore session is probably going to be a lot more nourishing than a bottle of prosecco.
Find out more here.Frame Fitzrovia
The newest addition to Frame’s fast-growing collection of gyms is smack dab in the middle of Soho – very handy for plenty of people. As expected, it’s bright, colourful and welcoming, and their biggest yet. They’ve even got a reformer Pilates studio and 17 whole showers! No more queuing.
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Pretty much the fanciest of the fancy, Equinox’s two London venues are naaat cheap. To become a member at their newest gym in St. James, it’s £205 a month (and that’s not even counting the initiation fee). It does come with the sort of perks you’d jolly well expect, though. Like Kiehl’s products in the bathroom. An anti-gravity treadmill. A complimentary laundry valet. USB chargers in the locker.
And yeah, it looks really nice.
Find out more here
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