Being a northern girl, I’m very well aware that yes, London is expensive. Everything about it, from the rent to the house prices, pints in the pub and public transport will make you wince if you’re not used to it, and it can be a constant struggle to squeeze the best life out of your salary. Gym memberships are most definitely a luxury, and something that don’t make the cut in a lot of people’s lives, because if you aren’t committing to going a couple of times a week, it is indeed an inefficient outgoing that could most definitely be better used. But then as euphoric as hyped and buzzy pay-as-you-go classes like 1Rebel and Pyscle make you feel, at £16-20 a pop, they aren’t exactly affordable either…
So where and how do you workout in London for cheap?
More of a social runner? adidas runners is a ‘running movement’ with multiple sessions each week that go from different locations and at different times. Suitable for all levels and speeds, the distance of each run is shared beforehand, some are mixed up with circuits and drills, and on special occasions, epic athletes Just sign up online to get involved.
lululemon run club and yoga classes
Make the most of the Lululemon Community and get involved in their weekly run clubs and free in-store yoga classes (they even provide the mats). Classes are suitable for all levels, and no, you’re not going to get turned away if you aren’t dressed head-to-toe lululemon. Check the schedule and get down dog.
adidas studio sessions
Get down to the adidas Studio LDN on Brick Lane for FREE female-only classes, spanning bootcamps, HIIT sessions, run clubs and yoga classes. Find the schedule on Facebook and sign up for classes via the adidas Studio Facebook Messenger.
north face never stop london
Rock climbing is a mega full-body workout and super fun but…expensive. But not with North Face’s Never Stop London series. Created for those crave the great outdoors, Never Stop London is a series of free great outdoors-inspired events, from bouldering sessions to ski workshops, trail run explorations and more, hosted in the Regent Street flagship as well as in parks and centres across London. Check out the Never Stop London Facebook page for the next events.
Set aside Saturday mornings for parkrun, a series of public weekly 5km timed runs that take place all across the world. Here in the UK, parkrun takes place every Saturday morning in almost 500 locations, in open spaces right across the country. Parkrun is are always open to everyone, completely free, and a great way to build up your speed and your running performance.
the hoxton's fresh + fit fest
Taking place in January, Fresh + Fit Fest is The Hoxton’s annual health and fitness extravaganza, which brings together some of the city’s best trainers and classes, most inspiring speakers, coolest influencers, and a load of delicious healthy food and drink brands for an all-day festival which runs simultaneously in The Hoxton, Shoreditch and The Hoxton, Holborn. It’s free to attend, with classes and talks just £5 — that’s way cheaper than you’d find them in the studios and it includes a goodie bag.
london friday night skate
Want to try something new and FUN? London Friday Night Skate is a free, weekly marshalled street skate that takes places every Friday at 8pm, from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. See the city at night on wheels AND burn calories having fun. Just bring your skates and get rolling…
sweaty betty in-store classes
Sweaty Betty stores across the country host a tonne of cool free in-store workout classes, with a timetable that spans yoga, HIIT, pilates, boxing and more. Classes book out super fast so you need to be quick or join the waitlist, but they’re a great way to get a workout in for free. Check the schedule to find a store near you.