Spinning is far more than just a spot of pedalling on a stationary bike. Ten years ago New York company SoulCycle took indoor cycling and gave it an injection of cool – they added motivational instructors, danceable soundtracks and a party vibe to create an exercise class that fitness fans got hooked on. The format quickly spread to London and today there are dozens of places to go to get your high-energy cycling fix. Below we’ve rounded up the very best places to go spinning in London.
Seriously good spinning classes in London
Putting a fresh spin on things, each class at One 10 is accurately monitored with personalisation tech. You’ll get stats and points (and even awards) at the end of each ride, which all amount on your profile to let you know how much you’re improving. Trust us – you’ll see a difference after a couple of classes. Nirvana sessions whirl for 45 minutes and are about riding to music or chasing the rhythm with fast-paced intervals. Paceline classes are completely different, focusing more on performance results and improving your PB. A live board updates throughout the class which, depending on your viewpoint, is either the most humiliating thing that could ever happen at a gym or an ingenious form of motivation.
Marylebone. £20 per class.
A visit to this gorgeous central London studio will inspire you to new fitness heights. Another Space’s bright and airy fitness bar leads down to one of the largest spin studios out there (no claustrophobic bikes packed in here, oh no). With regular themed rides – think festival playlists played at full-throttle – AS ticks all the boxes you’d want from a spin. Great music, comfortable bikes, free cleat-hire and motivating instructors who guide you up, down and all over your bike. Be warned: this is a full-body workout, you'll work your arms and abs just as much as your legs. Facilities are immaculate and everything you need is on hand; the army of unimaginably-fit staff are always happy to help.
Covent Garden. £20 per class.
Boom were the first to open a boutique spinning studio in London. Still paving the way, they’ve become one of the capital’s most popular fitness communities (trust us, you’ll want to join their colourful-leggings-gang too). Expect classes to involve a lot of switching between standing and sitting, endless arm presses and mid-session high-fives. The brilliant Boom instructors like to keep you on your toes, literally – this is ‘partying on a bike’ at its best. As for their four studios: one sits within Shoreditch’s swish Curtain Hotel (perfect for a slap-up brunch at Red Rooster afterwards); another keeps commuters happy in Holborn; one heads up Hammersmith; and their new south of the river offering (a rarity for spin studios) is part of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, complete with an innovative co-working area. You’ll be a boomer in no time.
Battersea, Hammersmith, Shoreditch and Holborn. £18 per class.
These guys has one of the biggest programmes of any spin studio in London – there are classes galore at the Mortimer Street and Canary Wharf gyms, as well as the new spot in Shoreditch. The loud and energetic sessions have been specifically designed to strengthen core muscles and hand weights are also used to make sure your upper body gets toned too. Expect lots of young things in expensive trainers, bobbing up and down on top-notch bikes (the weekend rides sometimes feel like an extension of a night out). Psycle studios are kitted out with everything you might need and the instructors are some of London’s best. If slick and high-energy is how you like to spin, this is the place for you.
Central London, Shoreditch and Canary Wharf. £20 per class.
Named after a beach in Hawaii where the Ironman World Championships start, Digme is serious cycling and stats – perfect if you’ve got a competitive streak. The challenging 45-minute sessions track your performance on a virtual display board, meaning you can take on your friends (or that annoying guy on bike 22) whilst cycling through mountain landscapes and palm-fringed tropics. ‘Ride’ classes are fun and sweaty, 'Beat' is all about the music (no data), whilst ‘Performance’ is more technical and geared for endurance training. Both incorporate mini-challenges – how much power/speed/distance you can push in 10 seconds, say. Yes, it’s competitive, but the atmosphere is really friendly – stay for a post-ride drink and meet like-minded bike enthusiasts.
Blackfriars, Moorgate and Richmond. £20 per class
1Rebel instructors are endlessly chirpy – expect lots of high-fives and to be addressed as ‘rebels’. Don’t be put off though, it’s all part of the vibe. 1Rebel feels more like a nightclub than a health club. The two studios (in Broadgate Circle and near Liverpool Street Station) have a post-industrial décor with lots of exposed brick work, pipes and neon signs. ‘Ride’ classes are usually 45 minutes and are often themed by music – like old school garage, or ’90s club classics. Look out for their live classes where MCs and musicians give your gym session a gig atmosphere. These guys have possibly the best-equipped and most spacious changing rooms in London, with so many showers you rarely need to queue. High five!
St Mary Axe and Broadgate Circle. £20 per class.
Much more than just a place to sweat, this fitness studio and café keeps west Londoners in perfect shape in very swish surroundings. Located just off Kensington High Street, there’s four cardio sessions on the schedule, with their popular ‘Accelerate’ class dedicated to straight-up spinning. Bikes are matched up with colour monitors so you can see how hard you’re pushing those pedals. Head’s up: the instructors are very demanding (in a good way). Core Collective is at the pricey end of the spectrum, but staff always go the extra mile and you’re paying for a rather gorgeous place to keep fit. Afterwards, make the most of their huge café area by having a well-earned sit down. It’s so lovely, you’ll want to linger.
Kensington. £28 per class.
London’s ever-present fitness chain isn’t best known for spin classes, but boy, does Gymbox know a thing or two about a workout. Their signature ‘Bike and Beats’ is an intense ride through the colour monitor: full of sprints, hill climbs and high-energy party tunes. In other words, a guaranteed sweat-fest. Their latest spinning venture ‘Euphoria’ offers a more unusual take on indoor-cycling. Expect a motivational whirlwind set to a whole range of different music (we’re talking heavy metal hits to classical symphonies, with zone-out club classics in between). Euphoria is available at pretty much all Gymbox venues and it’s perfect if you’re looking for something unique to shake up your workout with.
Various London locations. Classes included within membership options