Monday 9 February 2009 10.43am
I have been a member for a year. What I like is that it is on the top floor of the County Hall
with lots of natural light, unlike most gyms located in grotty basements. The swimming pool is very nice (25m x5m)and you can regularly find yourself swimming alone. But to me, it is often too cold (27 or 28 degrees C), I like it warmer than that. As there is only one studio, the choice of classes is limited (spinning, total body conditioning, pilates, yoga, step, dance...)but it suits me and I go to a different class everyday. What I really value is that there are max 8 to 10 people attending classes.
There is also a large room overlooking the London Eye
with lots of machines (which I never use myself). So you can have you own program and get on with it.
The changing rooms have a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, which have a tendency to break down regularly but are also fixed quickly. It is very quiet, especially at the weekends but can get a little busy with hens parties enjoying a spa day in the spring. Given the price (from £85 to £125/month), there are not so many young people. Most members work for companies located around Waterloo/Westminster or are SE1 residents (who enjoy a discount rate), hotels guests and the occasional celebrity. In summary, I like it because it is not busy and people don't take themselves too seriously.
The price is not cheap but there is no contract and you can suspend it. You can also use all the other Marriott hotels leisure centres in the UK, although I have never used any other one. Another advantage is you get 20% off their restaurants (I took family/friends for tea in their impressive restaurant/library overlooking Big Ben and the London Eye