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London’s best free fitness classes

Keeping fit needn’t cost a fortune – drop into one of London's many free exercise classes

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Time Out editors

Starting the year short on cash but big on energy? Don't feel like exercise classes are off limits to you. While London's gyms and work out sessions are typically pricey affairs, the city does have affordable options. In fact, there are a handful of classes that you don't even have to pay a penny to attend. From local running clubs to weekly yoga classes, here’s the best of the bunch for free fitness classes in London.

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Free exercise classes in London

Asics Run Club
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  • Park Lane

Social run, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7pm to 8pm leaving from the Oxford Street store

If it's a scenic run you're after, Asics' social run takes place every Monday and Friday, leaving from their Oxford Street site. All abilities are welcome, and there's lockers and toilet facilities available at the store. 

London City Runners
© London City Runners

London City Runners

Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, Sunday at 9.30am and 11.30am

London City Runners is the biggest free running club in the capital. But it's not just its size that the club boasts about – City Runners is proud to welcome every type of runner, from total newbies to veteran marathoners. Runs take place three times a week (Tuesday evening, Thursday evening and Sunday morning), starting at 130 Druid Street. There are three different speed groups at each session, so every level is catered for here. See more info here.

Our Parks

Various locations, days and times vary

The next time you just want to ‘turn up and tone up’, head to Our Parks – that’s the motto of this brilliant initiative that works with local communities to bring free fitness group classes across the city. They’re led by qualified instructors and you can join anything from BoxFit at the Olympic Park to yoga in Victoria Park – just remember to register online and book ahead.

Give yourself a reason to pound the pavements with GoodGym’s feelgood fitness sessions, which combine running with community projects and helping older people. You run there, do your bit, then run back. Taking part is totally free (with an optional £9.95 monthly donation).

Sweaty Betty’s in-store classes
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  • Shoreditch

Various branches, days and times vary

With over 70 classes to pick each week, it’s no wonder yummy mummies flock to Sweaty Betty to keep their fitness on track. But to sign up for a class, it’s fastest fingers first – places can be booked up to a week in advance so simply register online and keep your eyes peeled for a free spot.

Happy Bootcamps

Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am

Now active in over 12 countries across the globe, Happy Boot Camps is a huge project to get people up and active. Their London group meet every Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am, and groups can expect a tough but feel-good workout with bodyweight training, running and competitive games. See more info here


London Friday Night Skate

Fridays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm

If you’re steady on your feet and are looking for an alternative way to keep fit, join in with the weekly roller skate session. Staffed entirely by volunteers and run purely for the love of skating, the London Friday Night Skate departs from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner every Friday at 8pm, and Serpentine Road in Hyde Park every Sunday at 2pm. See more info here

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