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 in no particular order – each gym is great and hopefully we have captured a little of their individual spirit. 

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

Address 

70 Ewer St, SE1 0NR. Five minutes from Southwark tube, ten from Waterloo Station. 

Contact

020 7620 1666 / info@theringboxingclub.com

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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. 

Address 

Railway Arches, 261-262 Hardess St, SE24 0HN. Two minutes walk from Loughborough Junction, ten minutes walk from Brixton Tube.

Contact

020 7733 1933 / miguelsenquiries@hotmail.co.uk.

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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.

Address

1A St John's Hill, SW11 1TN. Opposite Clapham Junction Station, a ten-minute bus ride – or 15-minute jog – from Clapham Common Tube.

Contact 

info@12roundsboxing.co.uk

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Fitzroy Lodge is one of London’s oldest ameteur 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 ameteur and profressional – 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). 

Address 

The Arches, 180 Lambeth Road, SE1 7JY. Nearest Tube is Lambeth North, although Vauxhall is only a 15-minute stroll. 

Contact 

020 7928 0146 / info@fitzroylodge.club

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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

Address

20 Hazellville Road, N19 3LP. Five-minute walk from Crouch Hill station, five-minute bus from Archway Tube. 

Contact 

07920 280 230 

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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

Address

42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR. Nearest station is Elephant and Castle, which services both Tube and Overground.

Contact 

07949 075 612 / info@rooneysgymlondon.com

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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

Address 

8-9 Caxton St, E16 1JL. Five minutes down the road from Canning Town. 

Contact 

020 7511 3799 / info@peacockgym.com

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