having decided to try and get fit and thin I am looking now to join a gym. Does anyone have any recommendations or ones to avoid? (a perk is my company pays most of the membership fees so does not have to be the cheapest but I would still like value for money!)
Top Notch on St Thomas' Street is good (esp the classes) but it is expensive unless you're willing to pay for the whole year upfront (£45/month I think). It also has a pool which I think is quite rare round these parts
The Circle Spa has just had a complete overhall and has new management. Thank goodness.
It's small but now very well fitted out. There's a pool, sauna, steam room, classes and new machines with TV and other things to take the pain away! Not sure of the current cost, but I think around £65 per week. If you live round that area it's worth a visit. Ask for Helen, the new owner, or Alex the new manager.
Livingwell on Millbank is convenient for those living near Westminster or Lambeth Bridges. It is almost opposite the House of Commons. A nice pool though quite deep, if your kids don't swim. They allow children in on Saturday afternoons (3.30-5.30pm) and on a morning and an afternoon during the week. But this policy seems to be under review. (It is amazing how many people seem allergic to children as people who remember Big Dave will know.) So worth checking. Off-peak membership is circa £50 per month.
We tend to see the same families every week which is really nice.
The ad in this weeks SE1 has their old web site which is a bit of a shame, as this gives a very bad impression. The new kit and fittings are first class, so dont take much notice of this site and its poor quality pictures. I just saw Helen the new owner this evening as I pounded the treadmill thinggie and she is trying to get the new site sorted asap.
The pool is small, but usually empty when I visit on a Saturday morning.