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The best boxing gyms in London

Boxing isn't only a thrilling sport but a great way to lose weight and improve your mental health through exercise. Any good boxer needs to find a good boxing gym. Here are a selection of the best across London 

12 Rounds Boxing Gym

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 geographically – each gym is great and hopefully we have captured a little of their individual spirit.

Best boxing gyms in Central London

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

76 Alie Street, Aldgate, E1 8PZ; 19 Sheldon Square, W2 6PY; 12x3gym.co.uk

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

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

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

70 Ewer St, SE1 0NR; theringboxingclub.com

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)

24 Paddington St, W1U 5QX. bxrlondon.com

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

Four sites but flagship is at 84 Eccleston Square, SW1V 1PX. mymanor.london

Best boxing gyms in North London

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

20 Hazellville Road, N19 3LP. islingtonboxingclub.org

North London Boxing Club founder Sedat Sag is an experienced fighter turned trainer – his charges include former Olympians and celebrities such as James McAvoy. Located just above Southgate tube, the gym is about as north as you can get while still being London but we'll count it. Check out sister gym East London Boxing Club – no prizes for guessing its location – further down this list. 

Classes

  • White Collar
  • 1-2-1 Personal Training
  • Bespoke 90-minute group workouts
  • Women’s Boxing
  • Junior Boxing

Membership

There’s a vast array of membership options, with plenty of discounts available for juniors, students and bulk bookings. Notable offers include:

  • £75 per month (cash payment, no contract)
  • £65 per month (direct debit, 12 months)
  • £30 per week or £10 per session, pay as you go
  • £50 per PT session

4-6 Station Parade, Southgate, N14 5BJ; northlondonboxing.co.uk

Best boxing gyms in South London

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.

Railway Arches, 261-262 Hardess St, SE24 0HN. miguelsboxinggym.co.uk

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.

1A St John's Hill, SW11 1TN. 12roundsboxing.co.uk/

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).

The Arches, 180 Lambeth Road, SE1 7JY. fitzroylodge.club/

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

42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR. rooneysgymlondon.com

Best boxing gyms in East London

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

8-9 Caxton St, E16 1JL. peacockgym.com

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

116 Cheshire St, E2 6EG. reptonboxingclub.com

Left Hook Boxing Club

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Left Hook was established in 1992 by professional boxer Enzo Giordano and amateur boxer Oner Avara. Despites its pedigree, the gym welcomes recreational boxers as well as those looking to compete in the ring. Everything you need is here: ring, punch bags, uppercut bags, wall bags, free weights, medicine balls, skipping ropes and more. It’s time to get your Rocky on.

 Classes

  • Boxing for All
  • Competitive Training
  • 1-2-1 Training
  • Kids

Membership

  • £50 annual membership fee
  • £10 Day Pass for members (includes unlimited classes)
  • £15 Day Pass for non-members (includes unlimited classes)
  • £50 for a PT session or £450 for ten (no membership required)

1 Martha Street, Shadwell, London, E1 2PX; lefthook.co.uk

KO Combat Academy

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Don’t expect any saunas or jacuzzis at the KO Combat Academy. Anybody looking for the smoothie bar will be sorely disappointed. This is a proper, old school gym founded by Bill Judd back in 1976. You’ll be welcomed whether you wish to compete or simply get in shape but there won’t be any special treatment either way. Now sign up for the 12-week Boxing Bootcamp and watch those pounds drop off. (There's also mixed marital art classes such as Muay Thai for those looking to broaden their skillset.) 

Classes

  • Boxing Bootcamp
  • Foundation Boxing
  • General Boxing
  • Circuit
  • Yoga
  • Junior
  • Personal Training
  • Muay Thai

Membership

Staggered across ages but the need-to-know for adults:

  • £90 per month (recurring)
  • £13 drop in
  • £100 / £180 for either ten / 20 classes
  • £199 for a 12-week Boxing Bootcamp
  • £60 for PT

187 Bancroft Rd E1 4ET; koboxinggym.com

Best boxing gyms in West London 

KOBOX pitches itself as fight club meets nightclub. (Although anyone who’s visited Tiger Tiger Croydon might argue this niche has already been filled.) Accessible to everyone, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a boxing beginner, KOBOX is all about working hard, sweating lots and punching life in the face, together. There are locations in Kings Road, London Wall and Baker Street, with Waterloo opening June 2021.

Classes

Each class is 50 minutes and broken down into two parts: functional training followed by boxing. Function training focuses on a specific area of the body, depending on the day:

  • Monday – Full Body
  • Tuesday – Upper/Core
  • Wednesday – Lower/Core
  • Thursday – Core
  • Friday - Bodyweight
  • Saturday – Full Body
  • Sunday – Full Body

Membership

  • Single class – £22
  • 5 class pack – £105
  • 10 class pack – £190
  • Monthly unlimited – £300

107 King's Rd, SW3 4PA; KOBOX

Opening in June, BoxCentric is part boxing club, part health centre that tackles personalised training, nutrition and wellness. Members are offered a five-point plan: 

  • InBody Health Scan
  • Bespoke DNA Nutrition testing with a comprehensive DNA report
  • Functional Movement Screening to determine your physical imbalances
  • Goal-setting consultation focusing on your personal goals, alongside a life coaching consultation with Cambridge-educated Dr Sarah McIntyre
  • Personalised programme to help correct any physical deviations

There's also a massive boxing ring. What more do you want?

Classes

  • Boxology Beginner/Intermediate Pad Work
  • Boxology Technical Drill Classes
  • Boxology Sparring
  • Muay Thai Beginner/Intermediate Pad Work
  • Muay Thai Technical Drill Classes
  • Muay Thai Sparring
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Gi Classes
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) No Gi Classes
  • Animal Flow
  • Sweat Centric Conditioning Classes
  • Dance Centric Classes – fusing dance and combat movement
  • Run Centric Running Club
  • Mind Centric Meditation and Yoga classes
  • Kids Centric boxing and combat classes

Membership options

  • Category A – 1 year tie in (founder) £180 pcm
  • Category B – Monthly rolling (founder) £200 pcm
  • Category C – 1 year tie in (normal) £225 pcm
  • Category D – Monthly rolling (normal) £250 pcm
  • Category E – Couples (normal) 1 year tie in £200 each pcm

8 Egerton Gardens Mews, SW3 2EH; BoxCentric

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