No longer just for exercising, London’s gyms have diversified of late, offering post-work out healthy treats, green juice bars, destination cafes and even eateries that could rival the capital’s best.
Here we outline the seven places where you can do so much more than spin…
With the aim to “make it easier for you to sweat harder” 1rebel offer post-grind treats courtesy of Roots & Bulbs’ cold-pressed juice bar, which has scrummy breakfast options (chia seed pot anyone?), goodness-packed lunches, sweet treats and some of the zingiest fresh juices we’ve seen. During your hard-earned break, why not pop into one of their sports-luxe fashion zones for a spot of retail therapy, too?
Fuel up at Barry’s with a post-class shake, which you can pre-order before you start your workout. From peanut butter to mango, there’s an array of mouthwatering flavours to choose from, plus you have the option to ‘pimp your shake’ with glutamine, creatine or extra protein. How something can taste that good and still be healthy is beyond us…
Swish new boutique gym Core Collective has a swanky food offering to match. Already a big hit with local South Kensington residents, they’ve teamed up with Who Loves You Café to create healthy takes on favourite dishes. We love the sound of the Eggs Benedict with turkey ham, salmon and avocado on rye and baked turkey meatballs. Yum.
Priding itself on healthy, nutritious meals that don’t scrimp on flavour, Grace Belgravia’s Apothecary Café and Bar is a foodie dream. Don’t miss the lunch specials that range from roasted hake with brown shrimp to quinoa tex-mex casserole, or pop in for breakfast (workout or not) for the most delicious soft boiled eggs and avo.
Forget overpriced high-end eateries, KX’s all-day restaurant is just as good, if not better. With a truly comprehensive menu covering everything from sandwiches and salads to pastas and grills, you can not only tuck into such delectable fare as octopus carpaccio and organic salmon paillard post-workout, but even order food for home delivery.
Aspirational fitness centre Lomax boasts a Grill Market Café that pays as much attention to its food as it does its workouts. The menu is designed by the gym’s nutritional experts, with the aim to help people lose weight and build muscle. With indulgent-sounding dishes like teriyaki salmon, seared steak with caramelised red onion and protein pancakes on the menu, we wouldn’t blame you for second-guessing their good-for-you qualities…
Feeling virtuous post-workout? Keep those good vibes flowing with a delicious array of guilt-free food at one of Triyoga’s three cafés. If gluten-free and sugar-free is your bag opt for Retreat Café in Soho, raw foodies will love pioneer Katia Narain Phillips’ Camden-based Nectar café, while the Organic Café in Chelsea is a must-visit for homemade stews, soups, curries and the archetypal green juice.