Remember when gyms closed and everyone started working out at home? Well, turns out we might have been onto something. No ‘gym bros’ sweating buckets two feet away from you, no waiting half an hour to use a machine, no incessant blaring of Capital FM. Plus, we find that having your set-up in the next room is the best sort of motivation, especially in winter when gym-going means peeling yourself off the sofa in favour of the pitch black and freezing cold. These for-sale London properties all boast private gyms and wellness facilities for those looking to join the working (out) from home revolution.
Soaring 58 storeys above the River Thames in Canary Wharf, Newfoundland offers all the perks of a luxury home – without the commitment of buying. Managed by the Estate’s residential leasing arm, Vertus, Newfoundland is the tallest build-to-rent tower in London – resulting in spectacular views of Docklands to the east and the rest of the capital to the west and awards from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. While the architecture is impressive, the building also comes with numerous amenities including access to a lounge to relax with friends and family, a rooftop terrace, regular residents’ events, a self-service bar, a fully equipped gym, and even a screening room. Add to this Canary Wharf’s vast portfolio of shops, restaurants, and events, and you’ll rarely have to commute to other parts of the city for entertainment. The building offers studio apartments in addition to one-, two-, and three-bedroom flats.
Available to rent from £2,500pcm, thisisvertus.com
Lyford Road, SW18
A major draw of this family home is that it directly overlooks Wandsworth Common, but this is far from its only virtue. It also boasts off-street parking, a landscaped garden, and living and entertaining space exceeding 7,000 square feet. Oh, and a self-contained two-bedroom flat, a cinema room, and wellness facilities including a gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool. You enter to a hallway off which lies the formal and second reception rooms; the kitchen/dining room spans the width of the ground floor, while the kitchen is kitted out with granite surfaces and sleek units. The first floor is home to the principal suite and two further bedrooms, while the remaining three are on the second floor.
Guide price £8,250,000, savills.com
Derby Road, E9
This Victorian warehouse has been completely redesigned by Smith and Newton Architects, and oozes offbeat Hackney style. The triple-height reception area feels cavernous with 8.5-metre ceilings, and the sheer volume of glass which borders the space means that it is flooded with natural light. A feature staircase yields great views of the reception, which is dressed with oak herringbone flooring. The kitchen, meanwhile, boasts forest-green Silestone countertops. 4,700 square feet (across four floors) is more than enough to accommodate four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a gym, a sauna, and spa – the Derby Road property also possesses a guest suite, a utility room, a cloakroom, and a dining space with views to the roofless atrium.
Donne Place, SW3
This four-bedroom house is in turnkey condition following a refurb which saw the property practically rebuilt behind the original façade. Now, 2,800 square feet of living space comprises a spacious reception room, an open plan kitchen and breakfast room, and four bedrooms on the upper floors. Winning features include the open plan kitchen/breakfast room, the low-maintenance private terrace, and extensive amenities such as a private gym and cinema room. Plus, Donne Place is a prime Chelsea spot, a stone’s throw from the vibrant coffee culture of Brompton Cross.
St Katharine Docks, E1W
Looking out over the yachts of St Katharine Docks, this warehouse apartment is a unique proposition. The mid-18th century conversion retains a host of original features, including barrel-vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, cast-iron columns and beams, and tiled flooring. Additionally, a triple aspect reception room affords views over the entire East dock through massive windows and a Juliet balcony. In terms of composition, there are two principal bedrooms (each with dressing areas and access to ensuite bathrooms) and two further bedrooms, which can also be arranged as a study and home gym if your own workout space is non-negotiable.
Upper Hampstead Walk, NW3
Situated within a gated community in the heart of Hampstead Village, this apartment is currently undergoing a comprehensive redesign. The new owner will enjoy soaring ceiling heights of 3.45m, ten vast windows overlooking the communal gardens, and a balcony yielding views of the London skyline (with landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral visible). The centrepiece of this property, however, has to be its curved, open-plan structure, which is truly unique. Residents also enjoy secure parking and a fully-equipped gym – not to mention the luxury of living around the corner from the village-like centre of Hampstead.
Chelsea Creek, SW6
If you live in west London, or concern yourself in any way with the goings-on of the capital’s prime property market, chances are you’ve heard of Chelsea Creek. The development of waterside homes offers hotel-style facilities including a cinema, lounge and 31st-floor rooftop terrace. Residents also enjoy access to The Spa, which promises a gym, pool, treatment room, and Scandi-style sauna and steam room.
Landmark Pinnacle, E14
Landmark Pinnacle is London’s tallest residential tower, and one of the tallest in Western Europe. At 75 storeys high, the views from this East London development are remarkable, especially from the vantage point of the residents-only roof terrace. This isn’t the only perk; residents enjoy a 24-hour concierge, private cinema room and multiple media rooms. On level 27, find a children’s play area and a formal garden, while the 56th floor is home to the residents’ lounge, a Virtua Golf simulator, pool/billiards tables, a games room and private dining rooms. The gym, meanwhile, comes with Pilates studios and relaxation areas.
From £559,000-£1,621,750, residential.jll.co.uk
London Dock, E1W
Wapping isn’t typically discussed in matters of luxury property, but savvy buyers should be mindful that this E1 postcode is mere moments away from Tower Bridge, St Katharine Docks and the City, without the price tag. Residents of the 1,800 new homes at London Dock have exclusive access to a suite of hotel-style facilities at The Club, a leisure and wellness facility comprising a swimming pool, physio and relaxation treatment rooms, and squash courts. Golf enthusiasts can practice their swing with a virtual simulator, which replicates world-famous courses such as Pebble Beach.
Two-bedroom homes from £1,270,000, berkeleygroup.co.uk
Thames City, SW11
Built by the architect behind the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), Thames City stands at 53 storeys, comprising a collection of 298 one- to five-bedroom apartments. Residents enjoy membership of the 1974 Club – set over 6,400 sq m, it is home to one of London’s largest private swimming pools, a wellness centre, and a fitness suite equipped with Technogym machines. Elsewhere in the development, there is a private residents’ lounge, a kids jungle gym, an 18-seat dining room, a cigar room, a cinema room, a karaoke room, business centre, library, and 24-hour concierge.
From £6,636,000, thamescity.com
Lancer Square, W8
This is the elegant new addition to the Kensington Palace conservation area, located mere moments from Kensington Palace Gardens. The 36 residences at Lancer Square benefit from communal amenities including a wellness space that comprises a private spa and treatment rooms, a vitality pool, a 20m swimming pool, and steam and sauna rooms. The residents’ gym is fully equipped with Technogym machines, and there’s no better way to wind down post-workout than in the sensory shower room.
From £12,180,000, knightfrank.co.uk