Virgin Active operates an extensive number of gyms across London. However, it’s the Virgin Active ‘Classic’ gyms that stand out. These are Virgin’s luxury gyms, and they are very impressive. One Classic gym in particular, 200 Aldersgate, located near St Paul’s, is of an exceptional standard. Built in 2012 at a cost of £8 million, 200 Aldersgate is one of the best gyms in London. Here’s a full review of this luxury gym.
One of the most appealing aspects of 200 Aldersgate, is its size. The gym is huge compared to the majority of London gyms. The weights area is spacious and has a diverse selection of high-end free weights and machines. Several bench press stations and smith machines mean that gym-goers rarely have to wait for key equipment.
The cardio area is vast and boasts a large number of state-of-the-art treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and rowing machines. Even during peak times, there is always equipment available.
As Virgin’s marquee gym, this gym receives the latest top of the range equipment before the other Virgin gyms do.
For those looking to add variety to their workouts, there’s a large selection of unique equipment such as kettlebells and Bulgarian bags, a designated area for TRX suspension workouts, a climbing wall, and a boxing bag.
For those interested in a premium indoor cycling experience, 200 Aldersgate has a training suite of eight ‘Wattbikes’ set up. The Wattbikes are synced up to a large monitor allowing you to race against others and monitor your performance in real time. This is ideal for cyclists or triathletes wanting to train at the optimal level. It’s these kind of first-rate features that set Virgin Classic gyms apart from their regular gyms.
200 Aldersgate also offers a diverse mix of classes, including yoga, pilates, body attack, body combat, Barre, The Pack, Grid Strong, and circuit training. No matter your fitness goals, there is a class for you. The spin room features Myride technology – a gigantic screen on the front wall projecting the world’s best rides during the class.
Pool and spa
Possibly the best feature of 200 Aldersgate is the magnificent pool, spa and sauna area. Featuring a 20 metre hydrotherapy pool, large spa, sauna and steam room, this is the place to relax after a tough workout. If you’re not in the mood to relax, grab a SWIMTAG from reception and track your swim stroke and technique in the pool, evaluating your own performance and competing against others.
The changing rooms at 200 Aldersgate are another differentiating factor. They are modern, spacious and luxurious. Molten Brown toiletries are provided and white towels are complimentary. There are GHD hair straighteners and hair dryers in both the mens and the women’s changing rooms.
Lastly, there is a plush café and relaxation area with comfortable sofas and chairs, meeting rooms and iMacs. With free wifi, phone chargers, newspapers and complimentary Costa coffee, you can easily spend a few hours here.
It’s worth noting that membership to 200 Aldersgate gets you access to any Virgin Active gym in London, including the other Classic gyms that are located in areas such as Broadgate, Canary Wharf, Kensington and Mayfair. You can also use the international Virgin Active gyms in locations such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Virgin Active have raised the bar with 200 Aldersgate. This luxury gym really is the complete package.