London's Top 23 Gyms to Check Out in 2024
When searching for the finest gyms in London, there are several key factors to consider.
One crucial aspect is location convenience is essential, as even the most dedicated fitness enthusiasts wouldn't want to journey across the city for a post work class.
Therefore, it's wise to determine whether you prefer a gym near your home, workplace, or ideally, somewhere in between.
Then, you’ll want to consider the kinds of facilities that are a priority for you, and the kind of experience you’d like to have within the gym.
It’s subjective for some, the best gyms in London will be the high-end spots, such as Equinox, Third Space and Virgin Active the ones with state-of-the-art equipment like anti gravity treadmills, and luxury toiletries.
They may offer a variety of classes, and boast recovery facilities and smoothie bars for freshly blended protein shakes too.
For others, the best gyms in London are the no frills facilities stacked with quality kit, flexible membership options, and long opening hours.
Perhaps, also, with the option to use all gyms under the same chain, if you’re someone who travels a lot.
All that to say, we can’t crown one winner of best gym in the capital, but we can share a complete edit of our favourites.
From strength training, functional fitness and resistance training, to Pilates, yoga and weightlifting, we've compiled the best gyms in London into a virtual tour around Central, West, North, South and East London. You’re welcome.
Best gyms in Central London
Fitness First: Tottenham Court Road
Location: Fitzrovia (179a Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PA)
Reason: A staple of the gym scene, Fitness First is an almost-affordable choice for gym-goers who like to cross-train, using both the weights and cardio areas.
The Tottenham Court Road location houses a rig, swimming pool and spin studio, as well as cool down air showers, physiotherapy and sauna.
Price: £95/month (though choosing a less central primary club costs less), including access to all clubs and FFX On-Demand.
Best for? No-fuss work-outs, IRL and on-demand.
Or, if you're a student, you can shave £30 off the monthly FFX membership and bring it down to £63 per month.
Sign up now and save the £30 joining fee. Be quick, the gym says the deal is for a limited time only.
Pure Gym: London Piccadilly
Location: Piccadilly (4-12, Rex House Regent Street London SW14, 4PE SW1Y 4PE)
Reason: At £36.99 per month with no contract to tie you in, Pure Gym is cheaper than most phone contracts.
Plus, the classes are solid, there's a weightlifting area stacked with kit and it's reachable via major tube lines.
Not to mention it's also open 24 hours.
Price: £36.99 per month, with a £25 joining fee, or £14.99 for a day pass.
Best for? Not paying for extras.
E by Equinox: St. James’s
Location: St James (12 St James's St, St. James's, London SW1A 1ER)
Reason: Okay, so we know this place is uber luxe but it doesn't stop it from being one of the best gyms in the city and, most likely, the swankiest in the country.
E by Equinox is the even more upscale version of the already exceptionally high-end US export, Equinox, and comes with a rap sheet to keep you at you the very top of your health game.
From the cooled eucalyptus towels (an Equinox staple) and 'elevated locker rooms' (think heated floors, complimentary laundry valet service et al)
To the Pilates studio, Cryotherapy chamber, compression therapy area, precision running zone with customised Woodway treadmills and The Spa
As well as a supremely stocked café E is the place you come to experience the future of fitness in an über luxury setting.
But, and we caveat, at a price.
Price: The joining fee is £500 and membership is £350 per month.
Best for? Peak swank.
Pure Gym: Waterloo
Why? What Pure Gym’s facilites lack in luxury extras, they make up for in value for money.
Expect good quality kit, including free weights, weight machines and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes for members at no extra charge.
Memberships are flexible there’s no contract, so you can come and go as you please
(particularly helpful if you’re someone who travels frequently)
And it’s open 24/7, for anyone who tends to train outside of peak hours.
Price: From £29.99 a month, plus £20 joining fee.
Best for? Modest budgets.