ondon’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.
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.
Lanserhof has now 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 in spotlights. Available 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 of 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 packages start from £6,500 per year, 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 outposts 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.
Equinox is priced from £240 per month and E by Equinox is priced at £350 per month (plus joining fees), 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.
The South Kensington Club, Kensington & Chelsea
The South Kensington Club is an all-encompassing private members' retreat committed to fitness, wellness and lifestyle. It is set in a Georgian townhouse, once home to a very different kind of venue – the notoriously hedonistic Harrington Club. This Zen-style space draws influences from founder Luca Del Bono’s Italian heritage and the Russian Baths of New York’s East Village.
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, Banya and London’s only saltwater Watsu pool. January 2022 will also see Six Physio and Effect Doctors set up shop in the club to offer members restorative medical treatments including physiotherapy, IV drips and blood work. It is as much your gym as it is your second home, with a lounge, Asian tea library, restaurant and, when the weather’s right, a peaceful rooftop terrace.
Membership is £3,550 per year plus a £1,000 joining fee, 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 Spaces nutritionists, podiatrists and physiotherapists and 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 from £180 per month plus £100 joining fee, thirdspace.london
BXR Boxing Gym, Marylebone
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.
Membership is priced at £1,800 per annum or £180 per month plus a £180 joining fee; pay-to-train SWEAT classes are priced from £15 or from £80 for monthly membership, 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 laidback, 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.
From £15 for a single class, 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 Michelin-starred 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; day spa passes are priced at £150 per day; lanesboroughclubandspa.com
Six3Nine, Covent Garden/The City
Founded by James Conchi-Mitchell in 2012, the emphasis at Six3Nine is on personal training that actually works. Its team of highly qualified trainers has decades of experience and are specialists in nutrition and recovery, as well as physical training, and offer 360-support to help you meet your goals. For those who prefer to handle their own exercise regime, Six3Nine also offers yoga and circuit training classes as well as workshops focusing on specific skills and techniques, such as weightlifting, mobility and pull-ups.
In non-pandemic times, all training takes place at the gym's two state-of-the-art studios in Covent Garden and The City, while a wide range of classes, workshops and personal training sessions are currently being offered online. For those looking to take their fitness journey to the next level, Six3Nine is also an accredited personal training academy and has a mentorship programme in place to help recently qualified PTs develop their skills.
Elysium, Aldgate/Seven Dials
Still not quite ready to work out with the masses? Given the Omicron situation, we don't blame you. Enter Elysium. This micro-gym concept currently boasts 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.
£25 per hour, elysiumgyms.com