Gay gyms in London

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Find the best gay-friendly gyms and fitness centres in town

Whether you're looking to swim, attend classes or simply lift weights, get fit and tone up at one on the capital's best fitness centres, check out our guide to the best gay-friendly gyms in London.


  • Central YMCA

    Open 6.30am- 9pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat, Sun, 112 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NQ

    Don't expect the Village People, but this vast, well-equipped facility has its share of gay fans. Conveniently located and user-friendly, the Y has a good range of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, a pool and a sports hall, as well as a full timetable of excellently taught classes.
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  • Jubilee Hall Sports Centre

    Open 6.30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 9am-9pm Sat; Sun 10am-5pm, 30 Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8BE

    The Jubilee Centre announces itself to passers-by with huge floor-length windows by the pavement, so you can be a street-side spectator of the swimmers inside. The 25m pool is of the lovely serene type, clean with wide lanes and never too busy. The two gyms separate the CV theatre from the free weights, so you can work out without feeling weedy in front of muscle men. Other highlights include a sauna and steam room, plus classes in martial arts, boxercise and yoga.
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  • Oasis Sports Centre

    Open 6.30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-6pm Sat, Sun, 32 Endell St, London, WC2H 9AG

    The Oasis Sports Centre, a long-standing gay favourite in Covent Garden, is renowned for its palm-fringed sun terrace and outdoor heated swimming pool – a haven for sun-seekers and sturdy winter dippers alike. If you’re less ballsy, try the adjacent indoor pool, which has swimming and aqua fitness classes. The gym is spacious, well equipped and buzzing, with friendly staff on hand to offer advice; the quantity of CV machines also means that queuing is rare. There’s also a wide choice of group classes, from aerobiking to Pilates, circuits to yoga. The changing facilities are clean and spacious.
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  • Queen Mother Sports Centre

    Open 6.30am- 10pm Mon-Fri; 8am-8pm Sat, Sun, 223 Vauxhall Bridge Rd, London, SW1V 1EL

    The 25m pool, with its new tiles, roof and slide, is superb. Yet even without the pool, the QM is still one of the best no-nonsense fitness centres in the area, with a huge CV room, two spring-floored studios, separate male and female sessions in the steam room and sauna – and plenty more besides. The sports hall is situated towards the back of the centre, and is often busy with all kinds of court sports, from basketball to volleyball, not to mention the popular five-a-side football and occasional cricket nets.
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  • Sweatbox Soho

    Open noon-2am Mon-Thur; 24hrs Fri-Sun, 1 Ramillies St, W1

    Looking more like a club than a fitness centre, this gay gym is home to a plethora of steamy delights – including a 14-man jacuzzi and two Turkish hot rooms, as well as the giant steam rooms – however there's a multi-gym on the ground floor, which includes five state-of-the-art Body Shaker machines, which were developed for astronauts. There's also a free weights room below.
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How about the massive Paris Gym in Vauxhall. Amazing selection of weights and cardio equipment. Great friendly no attitude men only atmosphere and no joining fee!

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KK

You missed out the wonderful Soho Gyms! VERY gay friendly and right in the heart of London just off Drury Lane.