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London’s Hippest Gyms London’s Hippest Gyms
From Home House to Embody Fitness, a rounbd up of the capital’s best gyms. Embody Fitness 1 Bartholomew Ln, London EC2N 2AX Perfect for:... London’s Hippest Gyms

Embody Fitness

1 Bartholomew Ln, London EC2N 2AX
Perfect for: 12-week body transformations
Star trainer: Tom Ward
His USP: “Dropping your body fat fast” – you’ll hate him, but you’ll love your body
Fees: From £77 a session
Number of trainers: Nine, with the addition of a sports performance therapist
What it has that others don’t: Olympic athletes choose to train at Embody. If it’s good enough for them…

Embody Fitness

 

1 Rebel

63 St Mary Axe, EC3A
Perfect for: A quick fixStar trainer: Esme Gummer

Star trainer: Esme Gummer
Her USP: “Extreme intensity” – she’ll fit the most workout into the least time
Fees: 20 per session, price breaks thereafter
Number of trainers: 13, each specialising in spinning, HIIT and boxercise
Best post-workout shake: Whey of the Gods. Made with almond milk, banana, maca, peanut butter and protein powder. Available freshly made on-site

1Rebel

Equinox

99 Kensington High Street, W8. equinox.com

Perfect for: A-list sightings from across the pond

Star trainer: Carl Martin (POA)

His USP: Goal driven training and movement correction tailored to the client

Fees: 186 a month; 400 on joining[b]Also Covers: 75 gyms in the US and Canada

Devotees: Barack Obama, Cameron Diaz

Top kit: An AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, simulating 20 per cent body weight

For that superior ‘club feel’: Walnut wood panelling in the gym

In-locker products by: Kiehl’s

Most elabourate spa treatment: A 130 24-carat gold facial mask for “hydration, smoothing and radiance”

Equinox

 

The Bulgari Hotel

171 Knightsbridge, SW7. bulgarihotels.com

Perfect for: Athletic aesthetes

Star trainer: Lee Mullins (from 100 an hour)
His USP: “WORKSHOP Gym” – a return to a gym’s core values and a simple, invigorating workout – albeit with some serious science and technology behind it”
Fees: From 5,000 a year; 2,000 on joining
Devotees: Hugh Grant, Elle Macpherson
Complimentary gym snacks: Kangen (alkaline) water, seasonal fruits and nuts
Gym designer: Milan-based furniture maestro Antonio Citterio
Aroma improvement tactic: Pumping Bulgari Green Tea scent into the ventilation

The Bulgari Hotel

 

KX

151 Draycott Avenue, SW3. kxlife.co.uk

Perfect for: Always-on businessmen

Star trainer: Olympic triathlete Emma Davis (110 an hour)
Her USP: Pre-race/event coaching
Davis’ top ranking: Eleventh in the world
Fees: 6,000 a year; 2,000 on joining
Number of in-gym Apple Macs: Two
While-you-work-out business services: Copying, printing, scanning, faxing and access to on-site couriers
Who designed the clubroom? The late king of interiors David Collins
Complimentary aftershave: Mark Birley
Most notable client: Kylie Minogue

KX

 

The Berkeley Hotel

Wilton Place, SW1. the-berkeley.co.uk

Perfect for: A fitness room with a view

Star trainer: Norbert Konja (80 an hour)
His USP: Holistic health – a combination of life coaching, yoga and nutrition
Fees: 2,850 a year; 550 on joining
Treadmills overlooking Hyde Park: Three
For an even better vantage point: The ten-metre rooftop pool
Which is kept at: 30C all year round
Number of poolside cabana beds: Eight
Comp’d extras: One personal training session and three guest passes a year
In-locker toiletries by: Bamford

The Berkeley Hotel

 

Home House

20 Portman Square, W1. homehouse.co.uk

Perfect for: Re-toxing afterwards

Star trainer: Jonathan Goodair (80 an hour)
His USP: Strength and conditioning through his own riffs on Pilates
Fees: 1,275 for under-35s, 1,840 for 35+
That includes: Access to Home House’s dining rooms, bars and gardens
Why is there an oven in the main gym? The space used to be the kitchen of Elizabeth Countess of Home’s original 18th-century house

Home House

 

Corinthia Hotel

10 Whitehall Place, SW1.corinthia.com

Perfect for: Exclusivity

Star trainer: Stephen Price (80 an hour)
His USP: “Metabolic circuits” – intensive circuit training for fast weight loss
Levels of membership: Four (Black, Quartz, Silver and Bronze)
Cost of Black membership: 15,000 a year
Which gets you: Valet parking, concierge and laundry services, plus a 1,500 spa credit
Number of gym-goers currently signed up to Black membership: One

Corinthia Hotel

 

The Third Space

13 Sherwood Street, W1. thethirdspace.com

Perfect for: Extreme sportsmen

Star trainer: Andy Vincent (65 an hour)
His USP: “Big toe mobilising” – helping the foot send the correct neural signals to the body
Fees: 1,390 a year, or 139 a month
Altitude simulated by the in-gym hypoxic chamber: 8,500ft
Number of floors the seven-metre climbing wall encompasses: Three
Staff dressed by: Nike

The Third Space

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