London’s top health clubs offer far more than just a gym, delivering an all-encompassing luxury lifestyle experience that supports fitness, wellness and relaxation, amid lofty interiors and sleek décor. Whether your preferred form of exercise is deadlifts or downward dog, now is the time to get your membership at one of the capital’s best luxury gyms in order.
Espa Life at The Corinthia, Embankment
Following principles of restorative wellness, Espa Life is a holistic centre which offers therapies, treatments and classes that aim to help you feel your best. Nestled inside the five-star Corinthia London hotel, this spa and gym is both spacious (measuring at 3,300sqm) and stylish, featuring mosaic-tiled walls, bright hanging lights and relaxing electric fires.
Espa Life has recently collaborated with AMP (Athletic Medical Performance) and its team of experienced personal trainers to deliver a bespoke fitness service to hotel guests. The gym features the latest innovations from BLK BOX, Technogym, Peloton and Theragun, and also includes specially-designed PT Pods with weight benches, racks, rigs, pull-up bars and high-performance turf to offer fitness fanatics workout versatility. For those who prefer a more relaxing but equally powerful workout, the space also hosts an array of yoga sessions specialising in vinyasa, yin and pregnancy yoga in one-to-one and group classes.
These small-group personal training sessions run throughout the day, ranging from early morning classes through to post-work sessions so everyone can get their workout fix. One-to-one personal training is also available as well as free training.
Fancy a nap after sweating it out in the gym? Hunker down in the sleep pods — private areas with cushions and blankets for the perfect slumber.
Gym access is available with Espa Life spa membership which starts from £385 per month, visit espalifeatcorinthia.com
Lanserhof at The Arts Club, Mayfair
Lanserhof is a world leader in health resorts, with outposts across Germany and Austria in sublime surrounds. Its no-nonsense, results-driven programmes include fitness plans, full-detox diets and cutting-edge medical assessments by a team of doctors and therapists.
In 2019 Lanserhof landed in London at The Arts Club on Dover Street, located directly opposite the members’ club. Set over six floors, slick interiors are by Düsseldorf-based firm Ingenhoven Architects. It is home to possibly London’s most stylish changing rooms – an immersive, pristinely white space with a vaulted ceiling, speckled with spotlights. Open to members and non-members alike, visitors can book 3D body scans and health assessments, including cardiovascular screenings, as well as workouts with London’s top fitness trainers. The yoga studio hosts intimate classes for just four or five, including ab-defining reformer pilates.
Guests can work through an innovative and spoiling spa menu of massages and facials, as well as advanced offerings including cryotherapy and vitamin infusions. Leave feeling stronger, healthier and utterly hooked.
Membership starts from £6,500 per annum, visit lhtac.com
Equinox, across London
Equinox is America’s leading high-end health club chain, credited with reinventing the luxury workout stateside. The high-performance fitness leader first flexed its muscles in London in 2012, when it opened a UK branch on Kensington High Street. It now boasts a second site in Bishopsgate, as well as the ultra-exclusive E by Equinox in St. James’s. There is also rumoured to be a Shoreditch outpost opening soon.
The pumped-up Equinox playground offers every piece of gym equipment imaginable, alongside a suite of boxing, fitness and yoga studios. The changing rooms are laden with complimentary Kiehl’s products and there is a marble-clad lounge area for unwinding post-workout. Both clubs are even home to full-service spas and juice bars.
The boutique E by Equinox gym in St James’s is even more luxurious, with a focus on personal training. Head here for one-to-one fitness, elite equipment, specialised recovery technology (there’s a cryotherapy chamber, regeneration room and compression therapy area) and even a complimentary laundry valet.
Membership starts from £240 per month and E by Equinox is priced at £350 per month (plus joining fees), visit equinox.com
KX & KXU, Kensington & Chelsea
KX opened in 2002 and set the gleaming bar for luxury health clubs in London. Pronounced ‘kicks’, this opulent multistorey space in Chelsea comprises a stately gym, fitness studios and holistic spa. Several royals are rumoured to be members, as well as Eddie Redmayne and Pippa Matthews (née Middleton). There is also a club room, restaurant and juice bar, thus allowing members to segue effortlessly from a morning yoga class to a working lunch.
The KX team opened KXU in 2017 — a trendy, pay-per-go boutique gym located several lunges away on Pavilion Road. Amid low lights and mirrored walls, push your stamina to the max in boxing, cycling and circuit training classes (including the formidable Games session), or stretch out with barre and yoga. There is also a wellness clinic with a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna experience, while many classes are also available to stream on demand.
Membership starts from from £615 per month plus joining fees, visit kxlife.co.uk; KXU membership is priced from £26 per class, visit kxu.co.uk
The South Kensington Club, Kensington & Chelsea
The South Kensington Club is an all-encompassing private club committed to fitness, wellness and lifestyle. It is set across three Georgian townhouses, once home to a very different kind of venue – Ronnie Wood’s notoriously hedonistic Harrington Club. (Before that, the building was chosen by Francis Bacon as his home and studio.)
Interiors are painted in warm, Tuscan tones, reminiscent of an Italian palazzo villa, dotted with candles and towering potted palms. It boasts a lofty, light-filled gym, a packed schedule of daily classes, several fitness studios and a bathhouse with hammam and traditional Banya. In-house therapists, trainers and doctors offer members restorative treatments including massages, facials, IV drips and blood work. It is as much your gym as it is your second home, with a lounge, Asian tea library and, when the weather’s right, a peaceful rooftop terrace.
Membership starts from £3,900 per annum (£325 per month) plus a £900 joining fee, visit southkensingtonclub.com
Third Space, across London
David Beckham and Prince Harry have been known to work out in Third Space gyms, which is recommendation enough for us. London’s leading chain of luxury health clubs has sites in Soho, Canary Wharf, Mayfair, Marylebone, Islington, Moorgate, Tower Bridge and the City, making it a perfect choice for both workday and weekend workouts.
Each multistorey gym boasts treadmills and elite machinery as far as the eye can see, in addition to climbing walls, cycling studios, swimming pools, spas and restaurants. Classes run throughout the day, while sports halls at some venues allow for volleyball, basketball and table tennis, among other sports. Members can also book online sessions with Third Space’s nutritionists, podiatrists and physiotherapists while its unique Out/Set program comprehensively assesses the fitness ability and goals of new members in order to create a tailor-made workout regime that is monitored during your membership.
Membership starts from £200 per month, visit thirdspace.london
This Instagram-friendly boxing gym in Marylebone packs a punch thanks to endorsement from Anthony Joshua and a membership committee that, among others, includes Mark Ronson, Andre Balazs, Sara Sampaio and boxer Eddie Hearn. The ultra-cool concept marries stylish interiors with high-intensity workouts, which attracts both heavyweight champions and supermodels alike. An industrial, dark aesthetic contrasts against gleaming gold and marble bathrooms, stocked with complimentary Malin + Goetz shower gel and hair products. Many members say they prefer to shower here than at home.
While the boxing ring is undoubtedly the main stage of this 4,000 sq ft space, it also has several studios where you can blow off steam in front of a boxing bag or break a sweat with an intense cardio workout, set to a hip hop-heavy beat. You can pay an annual membership fee or buy individual ‘SWEAT by BXR’ classes, including kickboxing and Europe’s only VersaClimber class (not for the faint-hearted). Sweat by BXR in Canary Wharf is the gym’s sister site, which offers pay-per-go boutique workouts, and the most recent outpost is BXR City, a gym boasting expansive views of London from the 25th floor of 22Bishopsgate.
Membership starts from £1,800 per annum or £180 per month, visit bxrlondon.com
Blok is East London’s coolest fitness destination, with outposts in Shoreditch and Clapton. It was founded in 2016 by Ed and Reema Stanbury and Max Oppenheim. The Shoreditch studio is the latest addition to a vast redevelopment on Curtain Road and, like its sister branch in Clapton, conjures a laid-back, industrial aesthetic. On arrival, a curated shelf of Malin & Goetz products and a rail of fitness-friendly streetwear set the tone for this contemporary space, which features three light and airy studios and a café.
Blok offers a diverse programme of pay-per-go classes spanning boxing, barre, yoga and HIIT. Highlights include one of London’s only calisthenics classes; the calorie-torching Blok Fit and Blok Party, which takes place on Friday nights and is set to a club-ready soundtrack, while Blok also offers its own take on yoga, barre, boxing, pilates and strength workouts. In typical East London style, a low-key techno beat plays throughout the changing rooms.
Membership starts from £85 for five classes, visit bloklondon.com
The Lanesborough Club & Spa, Hyde Park
Considered one of the most impressive fitness facilities run by a hotel, the luxurious Lanesborough Club & Spa near Hyde Park boasts 18,000 shimmering square feet of health and relaxation space. Created in partnership with design studio 1508 London, the opulent space — which includes a glittering gold changing room — is bolstered by a phalanx of personal trainers, yoga instructors and fitness coaches.
Following your workout, take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool, visit one of the thermal treatment rooms (inspired by ancient Roman bathhouses) or reward yourself with a trip to the spa for a Tata Harper facial. You can also refuel in the restaurant or spa lounge, which offers an all-day healthy menu from 7am created by the hotel’s experienced chefs.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa is an all-encompassing and exceptional mind, body and lifestyle experience unlike any other in London, wrapped up in dark wood, gleaming mirrors and marble.
Membership starts from £6,000 per annum and day spa passes are priced at £150, visit lanesboroughclubandspa.com
Elysium, Aldgate and Seven Dials
If you prefer to be a lone wolf while working out, this revolutionary chain of micro gyms could be the answer to your fitness prayers. Elysium offers unique private workout spaces at two sites in Aldgate and Seven Dials (with more on the way), each of which is available to book for completely private use via the brand’s dedicated app. Each site is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and guests are welcome to bring their own personal trainer or workout buddies with them. Simply turn up at your chosen time and unlock the door with your phone — each one is even complete with wet room changing facilities and a snug for chilling out pre- or post-workout. Genius.
Book a gym from £25 per hour, visit elysiumgyms.com
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