Thursday 23 September 2010 1.18pm
I was a member at Top Notch about 3 years ago so don't know if my experiences still hold but I found the changing rooms and showers to be dirty and the music policy absolutely dreadful, I really wonder who considered Cotton Eye Joe and Phil Collins to be good gym tunes! The staff were relatively friendly however.
If you're keen on swimming, the pool is only 15 metres which isn't long enough for training, by the time you've kicked off you're halfway down the pool. For a decent swim the 33 metre pool at the Seven Islands Leisure Centre in Rotherhithe is by far the best option around here imo and not as bad as it looks from the outside!
As a more leftfield option however, Rooney's Boxing gym just off Bermondsey Street
is great, the Monday and Wednesday evening circuit sessions are an amazing way to get fit and very friendly, you can also pay by the month if you don't want to commit for a year.
No gym around SE1 seems to gets consistently good reviews on these forums so I guess you pays your money and takes your choice.