Sport & Fitness

Your guide to sporting events, health and fitness in London

London's best free fitness classes
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London's best free fitness classes

If you’re short on cash, you don't have to splash out on a pricey gym membership to get in shape. From running clubs to yoga workouts, there’s all sorts of exercise classes taking place around town. And the best bit? They don’t cost a penny. Here’s our pick of the best free fitness classes in London.

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The best workouts in London

Yoga in London
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Yoga in London

The trendiest form of exercise since MC Hammer showed us the Running Man, yoga has taken over the capital

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The best boxing classes in London
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The best boxing classes in London

Head to one of these boxing classes in London and you'll soon be boxing clever

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The best dance classes in London
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The best dance classes in London

Get your freak on with our pick of dance classes in London

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The best pilates classes in London
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The best pilates classes in London

If you wanna help your bod get a bit more bendy and powerful, try these great pilates classes

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The best spinning classes in London
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The best spinning classes in London

Check out these places to go to get your high-energy cycling fix

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The best barre fitness classes in London
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The best barre fitness classes in London

Barre classes use the same techniques and postures as traditional ballet, so grab your gym kit and get ready to stand tall amongst the crowds

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London's best gyms

Gymbox
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Gymbox

Some of London's wittiest workouts

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Central YMCA
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Central YMCA

A favourite with every possible type of workout and activity

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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The Third Space
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The Third Space

A kitted out gym with the latest equipment

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Frame
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Frame

A gym for those who like to get distracted by a bit of fun while they work

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Barry's Bootcamp
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Barry's Bootcamp

If Baywatch were a gym, this LA import would be it

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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London's best sports museums

Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tour
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Arsenal Museum and Stadium Tour

Arsenal players themselves provide the commentary on a stadium tour here, whether that’s a Legends tour, guided by a former player (such as Lee Dixon, Kenny Sansom or Charlie George) or a self-guided audio tour with anecdotes from Robin van Persie and Jack Wilshere and a motivating pre-match speech from Arsène Wenger. On both you’ll see the home changing room, the players’ tunnel, the dug-out, the directors’ box and the press lounge – on the interactive audio tour you can have a go at conducting your own post-match interview. Make sure you give it 110 percent. The tour also gives access to the Arsenal Museum, which covers club history from the times of Woolwich, Highbury and the Emirates Stadium. Exhibits on show include medals, shirts and caps belonging to David O’Leary, Lee Dixon, Michael Thomas, Brian Marwood and many others, as well as a customised trophy presented to Arsenal by the FA Premier League for remaining unbeaten in the 2003/04 season. New additions include a shirt signed by the 1933/34 team.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Chelsea FC Stadium Tours and Museum

Chelsea FC Stadium Tours and Museum

Chelsea's new high-tech museum opened in June 2011 and is now the largest football museum in London, with all manner of interactive gadgetry, games and videos to inform and entertain as well as memorabilia collected across the club’s 107-year history. You can visit the museum on its own or as part of an hour-long stadium tour which takes visitors behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge to live our their dreams of footballing glory and see the changing rooms, dugout, player's tunnel, press room and other areas normally reserved for the players.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Marylebone Cricket Club Museum
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Marylebone Cricket Club Museum

The big draw here is actually something very, very small. The legendary Ashes Urn draws tens of thousands of visitors each year, as the centrepiece at the world’s oldest sporting museum. Aside from the Ashes, you can see a wide range of cricket-related exhibits, including the stuffed sparrow that was ‘bowled out’ by Jehangir Khan in 1936 and displays dedicated to the life of WG Grace. Four hundred years of cricketing history is laid out, with many items dating from the nineteenth century alongside rather more recent objects, such as Shane Warne’s cricket kit (pre-Liz Hurley makeover), plus cricket-related paintings by Fanny Rush and Karen Neale. It could be a short browse for those with a casual interest in cricket, but there’s a lot more to delve into for the hardcore fan. There’s also The Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre which enables visitors to see footage of some of cricket’s greatest performances. A visit to the museum is included in the Lord’s Tour and it can also be visited by match day ticket holders. Lord’s plays host to the Olympic archery events in 2012 so the museum will be closed from July 2-Aug 15, opening only for archery ticket holders during the events. From Aug 16-20 the museum is open only to ticket holders for the Test Match.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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River and Rowing Museum
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River and Rowing Museum

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects to reflect the style of local boathouses and barns, Henley’s family-friendly museum explores the history of the Thames, the sport of rowing and the community of Henley-on-Thames and makes a good out-of-town jaunt. The rowing gallery has video footage of races from 1897 onwards, including what is believed to be the first cinematic show reel and a recording of the 1936 Olympics race won by the GB team and watched by Hitler. A virtual reality exhibit allows visitors to experience the cox’s view of a race, but the top attraction is probably the Sydney IV boat in which Steve Redgrave won his fifth Olympic gold medal in 2000 – visitors apparently never fail to comment on the size of the rowers’ shoes, which are still in the boat. In time for London 2012, the special exhibition ‘Perfect Rower: 100 Years of Racing for Glory’ gathers artefacts from the previous London Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948 and looks at how the design, technology, training and psychology of the sport has changed over the last century (Mar 31-Sept 30). A permanent exhibition on the ‘Wind in the Willows’ portrays Kenneth’s Grahame’s story (and costs extra).

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Recover at the best spas in London

Spa London
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Spa London

A rare affordable day spa in in the capital

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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The Porchester Spa
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The Porchester Spa

One of London’s more authentic spa experiences

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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May Fair Spa
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May Fair Spa

One of central London’s most tranquil hotel spas

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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The Berkeley Spa
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The Berkeley Spa

This spa, a favourite with celebrities, wins points for its location which overlooks Hyde Park

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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