Workout done, you’ve earned some relaxation time. Right? Let’s face it, one of the best things about going to the gym is heading to the café afterwards.
There are plenty of gyms in London with cafes to choose from. Many gym cafes have also clocked onto the fact that we want to eat healthy, nourishing food to complement our exercise efforts. So as well as the ubiquitous burgers and fries more gyms cafes now also offer organic, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and raw options.
Seeing this scrabble from gyms to offer its customers healthier options is long overdue. It’s not been easy for us! Who doesn’t find it hard to resist a post-workout milkshake and bacon-cheese panini when you’re starving and there’s nothing healthier available? Surely nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand, so it’s great to see gyms who are focused on both. And that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a greasy burger now and then!
Why should we even bother with gym cafes? Surely we could fix our own snack at home and bring it with us? Great if you’re organized (and remember to pack the icepack for the chicken). But when you’re short on time, or forget your food, you can’t beat a quick café service that will deliver freshly-made food to your table.
To help you experience this for yourself, we’ve found some great gyms in London with cafes. Where fitness and fuel are both on offer. And your aching muscles and empty stomach will both leave happier.
First is The Northwood Club in North London. Combining a country-club family feel with cutting-edge fitness facilities, this gym offers a unique, welcoming experience.
The gym area is equipped with the latest StarTrac cardio and resistance machines, a dedicated functional fitness area and free weights area. Keen swimmers can enjoy a dip in the 20m warm pool which is great for lane swimming, aqua exercises and social swimming. There is also a steam room and sauna to further help relax your muscles. A squash studio, dedicated yoga studio and huge range of classes are also available.
Workout over, the café awaits. Meera’s Made From Scratch café is packed with flavoursome wholefood and offers reduced sugar and allergen-friendly options. it’s amazing food that nourishes both body and soul. Early workout? Try the delicious granola or eggs on fresh sour dough toast. Quick lunchtime session? Opt for a seasonal one-pot lunch. Need a nourishing snack? Make your own protein smoothie or try a tasty black bean brownie. All tastes are catered for.
You can find the Northwood club on Chestnut Avenue, Northwood Hills. It’s just a minute’s walk from Northwood Hills Tube Station.
Step inside this friendly club and you will be struck by the unique feel of the building. Facilities are spread over three floors, including a lovely relaxation area overlooking the river.
Head for the gym to find an array of the latest facilities from Technogym – the leading supplier for the Olympic Games – designed to help you achieve more from your gym visits. From treadmills and rowers to free weights and bench presses, all machines include the latest digital technology to enhance your experience. You can set fitness goals, track your activity from different locations and train individually or in groups, and personalize every workout. There are also several training zones including an excellent free weights section housing 6 power racks, lifting platform and a sprint track.
After all that activity you will appreciate the lovely sauna and steam rooms, including one in the Ladies’ changing room. Hunger pangs kicking in? The gym café ‘NuKitchen’ has a delicious menu that’s designed to satisfy your cravings whilst providing your body with the correct balance of nutrients for peak performance.
The great location of this gym – right in the centre of London just off Upper Thames Street in EC4R – makes it an excellent choice if you want to Hussle a workout around your working hours. The outstanding transport links make it easy to get to, with Mansion House, Bank, Waterloo & City and Monument tube stations all just 5 minutes’ walk away, while London Bridge rail station is a 15-minute walk.
Between all the gyms in London with cafes, this is probably one of the most luxurious. Recently refurbished, spotless facilities and customer service that goes the extra mile, this venue ticks all the quality boxes.
Head for the gym to use all latest pieces of equipment from TechnoGym. The latest Kinesis Heritage and Kinesis Station machines allow you to perform over 160 different exercises on four pieces of equipment. Technology-lovers will appreciate the fully-integrated cardio equipment that allows you to watch tv, listen to the radio and even use the internet. Whether you’re after a vigorous workout or gentler session, there’s everything you need here.
As to be expected from any luxury health club, Spa at the Landmark delivers top-class relaxation. A gentle swim in the chlorine-free pool (no goggles required!) whilst gazing through the glass doors back at the gym is just the beginning. The steam rooms, jacuzzi and Sanarium await your pleasure. Use of the Spa’s towels and shower products are included in a Hussle pass, helping you to travel light. A wide range of pre-bookable rejuvenating therapies are also available including facials, body wraps and exfoliations.
No spa experience is complete without indulging in some restorative food and drink. Whether you’re after a simple cup of tea and a sandwich, or a warming main meal, the café won’t disappoint. Looking for indulgence? An extensive range of pastries and freshly made scones will further delight your senses.
You can find Spa at the Landmark on Marylebone Road, just opposite Marylebone tube station. Car parking underneath the hotel is available on first come, first served basis. There is also an NCP car park on the road. Alternatively, cyclists can dock their bikes at the London Cycle Hire docking station around the corner.
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I too hope that more gyms will offer healthy and sustainable options rather than vending machines and sports drinks.
unfortunately a sugary coffee like the one in the picture will undo all the hard work! I appreciate it is difficult for cafes to offer simple fresh fruit and plain vegetable dishes, but I wish they would try. What is good is that most will now refill water bottles from the tap.