Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre

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Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Swiss Cottage

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From the dazzling 25-metre main pool and 20-metre teaching pool on one side, to the impressive climbing wall on the other, this is a gem in both sporting and architectural terms. It reopened in 2006 as part of the wider Swiss Cottage regeneration project and really does offer something for everyone. The massive sports hall caters for most court and racket sports, and there's a wide range of group exercise classes in two bright, light studios. The gym is stuffed with state-of-the-art gear, including Power Plate machines, and its lower level can be programmed for specific group needs such as women-only, 50-plus and GP referrals. There’s also a Rascals adventure zone to keep the under-12s active.

Venue name: Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Address: Adelaide Road
Transport: Tube: Swiss Cottage
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I'm a frequent user of this gym and since it's recent refurb, I really can't speak of any complaints. Great equipment and lots of space (especially since the renovation), friendly staff and a vast array of machines. 

Can imagine it must get pretty hectic at peak times, so would advise booking into a class early if that's your thing and you want to guarantee getting a good work out.

You're always going to get the 'gym beef cake morons' and yes, sadly this gym cannot ban them from attending here - but if you can get past them and into your own zone, you'll be fine. 

Richard S 

While on vacation from Canada used to swim at Swiss Cottage pool 4-5 times a week on their summer program. No more.The water is afloat with used paper hankies and band aids. I have had several eye and ear infections all from this filthy pool. I asked about using a robot to clean the pool and was told its been broken for a couple of years. The mens shower has one temperature: boiling. The mens shower area smells of fecal matter. Complaining was a waste of time and met with shrugs.


Despite the fairly new building, this is already run down by incapable management. Air condition doesn't work in the gym, not enough dumbells, dirty changing rooms and showers in disorder so that only three out of ten for the men's changing room are working. Similar for the showers for the swimming area. Shame, this could be a real good option under a different management that doesn't neglect cleanliness and maintenance and doesn't provide solutions for months.