The Most Luxurious Training Backdrop
THE CLOCK, LONDON theclock.com If you like your fitness
scored by a live recital from the Royal Academy of Music, you’ve come to the right place – if you can find it. The door of this townhouse-cum-gym in Marylebone is unmarked. Inside, the atmosphere is more private member’s club than sweatbox: there’s a grand piano in the yoga studio and the custom-designed resistance machines wouldn’t look out of place in the British Museum. But it earns a spot on our list because you’ll still get a proper workout. The gym’s ethos is inspired by 1970s bodybuilding methods, overloading the muscles with short, intense sessions. That you’ll have more time for duck egg brunch, prepared by the in-house chef, is all the better.
RUNNERS-UP Bodyism at the Lanesborough, London lanesboroughclubandspa.com
The cult wellness brand finds its spiritual home in this high-end Knightsbridge hotel. Its trainers are top notch, but the opulent dressing room – and ultimate selfie spot – is most impressive.
Shoreditch House Gym & Fitness Studios, London shoreditchhouse.com
Equipped with Technogym gadgetry, it holds classes such as boxing, kettlebells and yoga. But at a venue this exclusive, that’s not really the USP, is it? Do not wear your rugby shorts.
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