Boxing has experienced something of a resurgence in recent years with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Chris Eubank Jr becoming national celebrities.

But you needn't box professionally, or ever step in the ring at all, to experience the many benefits that boxing has to offer.

Having previously rounded up London's best MMA gyms, we've gone one better for boxing – exclusively photographing the finest gyms in the capital.

From Brixton to Islington, the City to Canning Town, these boxing gyms are spread across London; meaning wherever you live or work, there should be a boxing gym nearby.

Please note, these gyms are presented in no particular order – each gym is great and hopefully we have captured a little of their individual spirit.

12x3 takes its name from the classic boxing format: 12 rounds at three minutes each. The gym was founded by former England boxing captain Ryan Pickard, and former IBF champion Darren Barker, who met at East London’s historic Repton boxing club. Keeping strongly to their own roots, the gym prizes community feel, old-school techniques and personal coaching. From total beginner to aspiring professional, 12x3 is committed to using boxing as a tool for self-development and functional fitness, at all ages.

Gym Classes

  • Personal Coaching (tailored boxing-fitness program)
  • Non-contact boxing-style training, includes bag work, drills and circuits
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Old school boxing class, for developing as a boxer
  • Kids/Junior classes

Membership

12x3 Gym are currently offering a limited amount of Founder Memberships for £150 per month (as opposed to the 'Heavyweight' membership) they include unlimited classes, free guest access and discounts on personal coaching. You'll have to email them to get one, though. 

There are three standard packages are:

  • £249 is the ‘Heavyweight’ membership, which gets you the same as the Founding Memberships 
  • £200 for 10 sessions; £110 for five sessions; or £25 per session (excluding personal coaching)
  • £675 for 10 personal coaching sessions; £355 for five; or £75 per session

Special offers at the moment include:

  • £10 per session for Junior/Youth
  • £35 for a seven day trial

Address

Aldgate: 76 Alie Street, Aldgate, E1 8PZ
Paddington: 19 Sheldon Square, W2 6PY

Contact

Aldgate: 0208 032 4067 / aldgate@12x3gym.co.uk
Paddington: 0207 121 0235 / paddington@12x3gym.co.uk

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Rathbone Boxing Club (RBC) is one of the most accessible gyms in the game. Operating on a credit based system, the lack of pressure contrasts with the intense programmes and hospitality. From three-hour masterclasses to self-guided access to facilities, Rathbone is a centre for doing. Classes focus on the essentials of boxing, making them ideal for all abilities. The gym offers complimentary towels and toiletries, and has a store for borrowing gloves and buying juice. All you have to worry about is getting a sweat on.

Gym Classes

  • Technical Classes
  • Bag-based workouts
  • Personal Training
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Boxing Analysis (recreating and dissecting iconic boxing moments)
  • Masterclass (3 hour workshop)
  • Self-training
  • Kids Classes

Membership

Credit based (pay as you go) system

  • £800 for 50 credits
  • £300 for one Masterclass
  • £30 for three credits (introductory offer)
  • £20 for one credit
  • £15 for one kids credit
  • £0 kids taster session

Address

29-35 The Gaslight Building, Rathbone Street, W1T 1NJ

Contact

020 3973 0044 / hello@rathboneboxingclub.com

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More than a century old, The Ring opened on 14 May 1910 on the site of a former chapel. More than 22,000 bouts were fought at The Ring before the boxing club was destroyed in an air raid in 1940. The Ring reopened in 2003 with a new, state-of-the-art gym capable of hosting its own White Collar Bouts, as well as being the venue for film shoots and private functions. (Anthony Joshua used The Ring for a recent product launch.)

Gym classes

  • Old School Boxing Circuits
  • Berserker
  • Berserker Virtual HIIT Classes
  • Sparring

Membership

Varies depending on tenure. Notable offers include:

  • £75 per month for full year
  • £109 per month for six months
  • £220 for one month
  • £100 for one week
  • £1400 yearly 'Champion' membership which includes 20 PT sessions

Address

70 Ewer St, SE1 0NR. Five minutes from Southwark tube, ten from Waterloo Station.

Contact

020 7620 1666 / info@theringboxingclub.com

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Miguel’s is located beneath the railway arches a mere two minutes’ walk from Loughborough Junction station. A recent refurbishment saw the gym double in size, with four large rooms now spread over two floors. With the likes of Dillian Whyte, Issac Dogboe and Isaac Chamberlain hailing from Miguel’s, this is a boxing gym of considerable pedigree – but one delighted to welcome amateurs or those simply looking for a good workout.

Gym classes

  • Personal training
  • White collar boxing
  • Kids boxing
  • Women’s boxing
  • Beat Obesity Boxing (BOB)
  • Over 60s boxing & fitness classes
  • HIIT Circuits Workout
  • Muay Thai / K1 CLASS
  • Beginners class
  • Miguel’s Regular classes

Membership

  • £8 per session or £50 per month for unlimited access to the gym (no classes included).
  • £60 per month for White Collar Classes.
  • £30 per personal training session.

Address

Railway Arches, 261-262 Hardess St, SE24 0HN. Two minutes walk from Loughborough Junction, ten minutes walk from Brixton Tube.

Contact

020 7733 1933 / miguelsenquiries@hotmail.co.uk.

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Elegant isn’t the word normally associated with boxing gyms but 12 Rounds is a beautiful space, as you can see from the photos above. The gym wants to make the benefits of boxing – both physical and mental – accessible to everyone. New members will start with the boxing fundamentals programme before progressing onto more advanced classes. Owner Kat Bryson writes an online blog on everything from boxing tips to fighter stories.

Gym classes

  • Boxing fundamentals – a 12-session programme for beginners
  • Fight Skool – 12-week course to prepare for a White Collar Fight
  • Kids Boxing
  • Bag Attack
  • Pad Attack
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Contenders classes
  • Challengers classes
  • Kick-boxing
  • Skills Skool
  • HIIT
  • Box-sanity

Membership

  • From £95 to £145 per month.
  • Prices vary for programmes.

Address

1A St John's Hill, SW11 1TN. Opposite Clapham Junction Station, a ten-minute bus ride – or 15-minute jog – from Clapham Common Tube.

Contact

info@12roundsboxing.co.uk

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Fitzroy Lodge is one of London’s oldest amateur boxing clubs, nurturing champions since 1910. (Including our former cover star David Haye.) The original Lodge was destroyed by a bomb in 1939 but the club found its new home in Lambeth Road in 1946. While primarily focused on the training of competitive boxers – both amateur and professional – Fitzroy Lodge also welcomes those looking for fitness benefits of boxing. The club is run by volunteers and supported by donations, grants and member subscriptions.

Gym classes

  • Keep fit
  • Personal training
  • KO Circuit intensive training
  • Junior / senior boxing training (for competitive boxers only)

Membership

£5 per session (drop in).

Address

The Arches, 180 Lambeth Road, SE1 7JY. Nearest Tube is Lambeth North, although Vauxhall is only a 15-minute stroll.

Contact

020 7928 0146 / info@fitzroylodge.club

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Founded in 1974, Islington Boxing Club is situated right beside Elthorne Park, a great space for the pre-workout jog. The walls are decorated with murals of past greats, as well as newspaper clippings and posters from the club’s glory nights – plenty of motivation to go one extra round on the punchbags. In February 2010 the club was awarded the ‘Mayor’s Civic Award’ for its work in the community: proving the reach of a great boxing club extends far beyond the ring. There’s even a barbershop on the second floor!

Classes

  • Recreational/Semi-Contact boxing training
  • ‘Fight Club’ classes
  • Junior Academy (Beginners to Competitive Boxing)
  • Senior Academy (Beginners to Competitive Boxing)
  • Junior Competitive Squad Boxing
  • Senior Competitive Squad Boxing

Membership

For both the competitive membership and recreational membership the cost is £25 per calendar year for adults, £20 for Juniors

Address

20 Hazellville Road, N19 3LP. Five-minute walk from Crouch Hill station, five-minute bus from Archway Tube.

Contact

07920 280 230

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Proof that good things come in small packages. A lovely little gym a stone’s throw from Elephant and Castle, Rooney’s might lack the build of some of the behemoths on this list but it still packs a formidable punch. John Rooney Jnr has trained multiple world champions, including Irish legend Steve Collins, and any gym bearing his name will guarantee quality service. Celebrated food market Mercato Metropolitano is literally next door, offering multiple delicious options for a post-workout refuel.

Classes

  • White Collar
  • Fitness Class (morning and evening)
  • Ladies Fitness Class
  • Lunchtime EXTREME Fitness Class

Membership

£85 per month or £12 pay as you train

Address

42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR. Nearest station is Elephant and Castle, which services both Tube and Overground.

Contact

07949 075 612 / info@rooneysgymlondon.com

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Founded as a charity in 1978, the Peacock Gym is renowned as a breeding ground for champion boxers, dating back to the likes of Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. Floyd Mayweather Jnr once trained at the Peacock. His verdict? “The place is top class, the people there know boxing and those fans were fantastic.” Beyond the boxing, the Peacock also houses a community café, dance studio, recording studio, and a hair and beauty salon. A bronze sculpture of Peacock boxer Bradley Stone, who passed away shortly after a British title fight, stands outside the gym with the inscription "He died in pursuit of his dreams."

Classes

  • Amateur Boxing
  • Pro Boxing
  • White Collar Boxing
  • Karate
  • Muay Thai
  • Kickboxing

Membership

  • £25 per year
  • £4 per session for members
  • £8 per year for non-members

Address

8-9 Caxton St, E16 1JL. Five minutes down the road from Canning Town.

Contact

020 7511 3799 / info@peacockgym.com

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Repton Boxing Club is an East London institution. As well as hundreds of national champions, including Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison, Repton has trained the likes of actor Ray Winstone – a talented prospect in his day – and, most notoriously of all, the Kray twins. The club is the oldest in the UK – its precursor Repton Boys Club was established in 1884 – and head coach Tony Burns has been to ten Olympics in a career spanning half a century. Repton is for serious boxers only: no courses or keep-fit classes here.

Gym membership

  • £80 per year Junior
  • £120 per year Senior

Address

116 Cheshire St, E2 6EG. Five minutes walk from Bethnal Green, ten from Whitechapel underground.

Contact

020 7739 3595

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A stylish gym with a massive heart, Manor has four branches: in Victoria, Marylebone, Old Street and Vauxhall. Victoria is the flagship, and offers a boxing ring – nice and cosy: no running in here – exercises bikes, punch bags and plenty more. There’s a backyard for the hardcore sessions – a lovely old-school touch from a very modern establishment. Manor has partnered with CALM for #StrongNotSilent – a campaign aimed at encouraging men to be more open about their mental health. It includes upcoming talks on ‘Relationships’ and ‘Vulnerability’, and a special Fight Night on 15 November.

Gym Classes

  • Personal Training
  • Yard Work
  • Pads
  • Bags
  • Sparring
  • Strength and Conditioning (multiple)

Gym membership

  • £180 for unlimited sessions at all Manors
  • Individual site prices vary

Address 

Four sites but flagship is at 84 Eccleston Square,  SW1V 1PX. Minute's walk from Victoria. 

Contact

Varies per site but general enquires to louis@mymanor.london

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BXR London may be the capital's first luxury boxing gym. Endorsed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, the state-of-the-art facilities include a boxing ring, all the equipment you will ever need, changing rooms that could moonlight as a hotel spa, a sauna and steam room, and even a lounge area complete with cafe. As you can see from the gallery above, the place looks a million dollars and probably cost more. Well it’s based on Chiltern Street, after all.

Classes

  • Boxing skills
  • Kickboxing skills
  • Cardio conditioning
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Climb to the beat
  • Sweatbox
  • Yoga

Gym membership

  • £1,500 per annum.
  • SWEAT membership is £180 per month (three months minimum)
  • SWEAT UNLIMITED is £300 per month (three months minimum)

Address

24 Paddington St, W1U 5QX. A couple of minutes' walk from Baker Street tube.

Contact

020 3146 3436

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