London Gym Membership Guide

Before moving to London, one of the questions I had earlier on was about gym memberships and how much they would cost. I did some quick research at the time, saw that a Virgin Active membership would set me back around £30 per week, went into a minor state of shock, quickly closed my laptop and immediately ceased any further investigation in the fear that I would scare myself out of the move altogether.

Upon moving into my new London home, I resumed the search for a gym in my area and was pleasantly surprised at just how many different options there were available within a 10 minute walking radius alone. Phew. As it turned out, London has loads of gyms that cater to everyone’s budgets and fitness needs, so here’s a list of them and what you can expect to pay for each.

If you want to try before you buy, this Pay as you Gym website specialises in daily and monthly passes for London’s gyms. It’s a great way to view all the gyms in your area too!

One other great option for those who love workout classes is ClassPass – a monthly membership that allows you to go to however many exercise classes you like at loads of different locations around London including gyms, studios and specialty classes. It costs about the same as a standard gym membership (starting at £59 p/month) and is such a fun way to try a bunch of classes that you wouldn’t otherwise do! You can check it out here.

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Popular Chains

These are the reliable chains that you always know what to expect from. If you’re after quality equipment, the standard range of classes and supportive staff, then check out these gyms

Fitness First – There are different prices for different clubs, however one of the newest clubs such as the one in Highbury costs £60 per month on a 12 month membership

Virgin Active – Virgin Active is what I like to think of as the gym of the future. They have everything from a full running track to relaxation spas and sleeping pods. The perks of having such a cool gym does come at a cost though, with a typical 12 month membership at the gym in Angel costing £76 p/month.

LA Fitness – Prices start at around £40 p/month. You can also regularly find Groupon deals for 10 day passes including classes, like this one for £21 – http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/dealbank_en_gb/la-fitness-6-22/45619474

YMCA – Central London’s biggest gym includes a pool, sauna, steam room, café and Pilates studio. Membership prices start at £58 p/month

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High-End Boutiques

If you prefer your gym class to be followed up by a spa treatment and a trip to the in-house fresh juice bar, check out some of London’s fancier gyms

Gym Box – With featured classes like ‘The Brazilian’, ‘Lady Gaga’ and ‘We luv the 80’s’, this boutique gym looks like a night club and comes complete with resident DJ’s and its own full-size boxing ring. They have all the regular equipment too. £75 p/month covers access to all their London gyms

Thirtysevendegrees – The West London branch comes complete with a spa, crèche and a rooftop garden with panoramic city views. Membership price isn’t confirmed but you’re looking at £100+ p/month

Equinox – With members like Barrack Obama and Cameron Diaz, it’s no wonder this Kensington High Street gym splashes out on 24-carat gold facial spa treatments and uses Kiehl’s products in their bathrooms. You’re looking at £180 p/month and a £250 joining fee

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Budget No-Frills

No-frill gyms generally have all the basic equipment such as cardio machines and weights, but they save money on services such as having lots of staff around (you tend to just scan yourself in with your membership card), there won’t be anything fancy like a pool, sauna or top of the range equipment, and there are no classes (although some gyms offer occasional classes for around £4+ per session).

FitSpace – I was a member here for about 8 months, although I only really used it for the first 2 months which was my typical ‘get fit’ cycle prior to me actually getting fit. It was basic but seemed to do the job. Memberships start at £13 per month

Pure Gym – Open 24/7 and membership includes access to free classes. London clubs start at £14p/month

Easy Gym – £20 p/month with no contract in central London

Simply Gym – From £16.99 p/month with no contract

Gym London – Allows you to use your home gym anytime, plus pay an extra £3 each time you want to use another of their gyms with more facilities like a pool. Membership starts at £19.95 p/month

There are also lots of independent and local gyms around London that I haven’t listed above. This website is great at comparing some of these local gyms all around London including lots of discounts too! http://www.thegymwebsite.co.uk/

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Specialty Gyms

There are plenty of specialised gyms around London. Here is a small sample of the different types of gyms and studios that you can find around town

Crossfit – The popular Crossfit training circuit has locations all around London. Single sessions start at £15 each and monthly memberships at £105 p/month

Fight City Gym – Equally serves fighters (Boxing, Martial Arts, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Krav Maga) and athletes looking for strength and conditioning equipment. They’re located in the City, near Moorgate and Old Street. Membership from £65 p/month

Pineapple Dance Studios – This world-renowned dance studio in central London was founded in 1979. Proces start at £28 p/month

Frame – A dance, fitness and holistic studios with two locations in Shoreditch and Queen’s Park. Classes are all about having fun and you can just drop-in when you feel like doing a class. Classes start at £7 for 30 mins.

 

Are you thinking of joining or already have joined a gym in London? What’s the most important thing that you look for in a gym?

 

LNG x

3 thoughts on “London Gym Membership Guide

  1. Hey LNG,

    Something cool which I thought I would share is about Anytime Fitness. I am a current member in Australia and your membership can be used at any AF gym around the world. This means when I arrive in London, I simply have to scan the same card I use to gain access back in Australia at my new gym and I am straight in.

    As I will continue to pay for my contract in Aus through my Aus bank account, this proves to be alot cheaper then most of the gym memberships on offer around London!

  2. This is perfect! I have been thinking about the options and cost of gyms in London lately. I chose my current gym because of the group fitness classes and will probably do the same when I move to London. Although I definitely want to utilize the warmer months visiting all the great parks and going for a good run. Great to get an idea of what these gyms run at and adding to he budget. Thanks again LNG!

    1. Glad I could help 🙂
      The parks get really busy in the warmer months with joggers and boot camps which is really nice to see and extra motivating!
      There’s some really fun classes around and lots of local yoga/pilates studios too. I’ll look into doing a post about ‘alternative’ workouts in London soon, there’s so many crazy ones 🙂
      x

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