The 100 best shops in London by type: health and fitness

Going shopping in London? Plan where to head with our round-up of the city’s finest retailers, from cheap vintage shops to world famous department stores

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Now you’ve seen which are the 100 best shops in London. But where will you find something cheap to buy, or a piece of cutting-edge fashion straight off the catwalk? Somewhere with an in-store café or a family friendly set-up?

We’ve applied 25 handy labels to the 100 shops in our list – here you’ll find London’s best health and fitness shops. The numbers in the yellow hexagons denote the shop’s position in our full list.

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The 100 best shops in London by type: health and fitness

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Condor Cycles

Best for
Quality bikes

Don’t miss
The Bike Builder service

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A Gray’s Inn Road stalwart since 1948, this is the store of choice for roadies, racers and serious commuters in search of top-notch kit and a natter with staff who know their way around every millimetre of a Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40c wheelset. Condor’s beautiful bikes have tackled the Tour de France, won world championship golds and cradled the cheeks of Bradley ‘Wiggo’ Wiggins, but even if you can’t afford one of their custom models (build your own bike on the website and dream – even at the bottom end you won’t get change from two grand), the off-the-rack machines are still better than any you’ll find in a chain store.

  1. 49-53 Gray’s Inn Rd, WC1X 8PP
  2. www.condorcycles.com
    Chancery Lane tube
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64

G Baldwin & Co

Best for
Old-fashioned herbal remedies and tinctures

Don’t miss
Their own-brand health and beauty range

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As is proclaimed proudly on the shop’s red and gold frontage, G Baldwin & Co have been ‘purveyors of natural products since 1844’. Arguably London’s oldest apothecary, its original location was just a few doors down at 77 Walworth Road and at its peak there were 12 Baldwin branches across London.

This one remaining location has had staying power since the ’70s and has become something of an Elephant & Castle institution. It retains a nostalgic atmosphere thanks to the tinkling brass counter bell, personal service and floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves brimming with herbs, tonics, tinctures, aromatherapy oils, beauty products, health foods and supplements.

  1. 171-173 Walworth Rd, SE17 1RW
  2. www.baldwins.co.uk
    Elephant & Castle tube
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77

Run and Become

Best for
Running gear

Don’t miss
The gait analysis service

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For the knowledgeable and caring staff of this specialist store, running is a way of life rather than a mere sport. Spiritual guru and ultra-distancer Sri Chinmoy (‘Run and become, become and run’) is their inspiration – the Battersea Park events organised in his name are even called ‘self-transcendence’ runs – and a willingness to share expertise across all athletic disciplines has been to the fore ever since the store opened more than four decades ago.

All major brands and the latest trends in footwear, clothing and accessories are acknowledged, but you’ll only be sold the pricey shoes with the go-faster stripes if scrupulous analysis shows they’re definitely the right ones for your feet.

  1. 42 Palmer St, SW1H 0PH
  2. www.runandbecome.com
    St James’s Park tube
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Cycle Lab and Juice Bar

Best for
Bike repairs with café

Don’t miss
Coffee, crêpes and the juice bar

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Bike shops can be depressing places for the uninitiated, mainly because cycle snobbery is rife in retailers across the capital. Not so at shop, repair centre and café Cycle Lab and Juice Bar, which combines expertise (owner Chris is a Hungarian former BMX pro-rider) with a friendly touch and excellent coffee. As well as stocking proper nerd-pleasing brands like Ritte and Argon, they have masses of eccentric accessories (like belts made of old tyres) and solid Raleigh road bikes for the entry level cyclist.

If you are a true aficionado, you can park up on the racks outside and watch the experts at play in the workshop. On our last visit, they were perfecting a new type of bespoke wooden wheel – ‘not for everyone’, they point out, ‘but if you want a beautiful set of wooden rims to finish your vintage build then who are we to argue.’ That’s the spirit.

  1. 18a Pitfield St, N1 6EY
  2. www.cyclelab.co.uk
    Old St tube
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