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12 Smithfield St, London EC1A 9LA, UK – 020 7248 8600
Great fun. Virtual golf with real clubs and balls. Reasonably good bar snacks
If this isn't the perfect place for guys to hang out, I don't know what is! The clubs they provide are top notch & the beer is tasty!
Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL, UK
Pretty good mini-golf with a more adult drinking theme vibe to it. Would be really excellent with a larger group or for a work drinks event. Drinks prices are standard and have a great array of choice. I went with just two people and the courses are a bit short for what you pay for, taking less than 40 minutes to go round the 9 holes. Some holes are really creative and use the space to excellent effect but it is a shame they aren't all like that. As others have mentioned, if it is hot outside it will be really hot inside, it is not well ventilated or air conditioned. It is also loud and dark inside so depending on your mood may be a love/hate affair. Would recommend checking it out as a fun city activity, but if you are up for a challenging and complex mini-golf course this probably isn't the one.
Tried the Bruce course which was great fun albeit a bit too short for our taste, 8 of us took about 30 mins to finish the 9 hole course. Given its underground it's also a bit warm and stuffy down there, especially in this summer heatwave. They did have 2-3 fans across the course but more airflow is required. All in all nicely constructed but could do with some venting and I would suggest play at least 2 courses on the day if you don't want it to be a short evening.
18 St Swithin's Ln, London EC4N 8AD, UK – 020 7283 2011
Hi just had a lesson at DB golf very impressive lots of clear data but kept simple enough for me to understand i have been having lessons at a driving range for a year with no real improvement this is so much better Geoff Bull
Great facility in an excellent location and, most importantly, top quality coaches. Best place in London by far for golf coaching and practice.
265-269 Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7AH, UK – 0330 055 3722
Decent gym for men. Machines are too big for women so did not enjoy going with my wife too much. The music was banging at a crazy volume. Why have such loud music if everyone is listening to their own stuff anyway?
Good gym, though don't leave valuables in the lockers (or bring them at all). The lockers are easy to break in to as they are very flimsy (many of the locks are bent out of place as evidence of this). It's not nice to come back to you bag and find your wallet stolen and money taken.
1 New Fetter Ln, London EC4A 1AN, UK – 0330 056 3712
Nice gym. 24hr access. In a good location near a yuve stop on the central line. Not a big gym. Small weights area and not many machines. It's only on one small floor. Relatively inexpensive compared to other franchises. Wouldn't recommend this as a main gym due to lack of equipment.
It's very compact and brand new gym but they have most of equipment. It's get crowded very easily because of its size.
195-203 Waterloo Rd, South Bank, London SE1 8UX, UK – 0330 056 3931
Personally, I would like a bit more natural light and another squat rack. I'm not one for machine use but can't complain about pricing as it is probably the cheapest you will find around Waterloo area. Staff are a bit snobbish but then again "pay peanuts, you get monkeys"
Fully stocked up No frills gym. 24hrs access. A large free weights area available. Enough equipment for everyone even at busy periods. There's also enough bikes and treadmills etc for those into cardio. Also the price is attractive at less than 30 pounds.
1 Norman St, London EC1V 3PU, UK – 020 7250 1303
In the next six months, you'll find it hard to find many publicly available squash courts, so this place deserves stars just for being open. The courts themselves (four, three of them glass - backed) are in reasonable enough condition, but are very busy during peak hours, so go online and book ahead if possible.
It is an old building. The ladies showers could be revamped with better air circulation but overall the services they provide and the personal trainers are great
40 Hyde Rd, London N1 5JU, UK – 020 7729 4485
Perfect location, friendly staff, gym is nice and quiet so I can get my workout done. Fitness classes in the sports hall are awesome. I would defiantly recommend joining the leisure centre. Overall good value for money. They have a new centre manager so things are getting done better.
The pool could be cleaner. Not long enough, deep enough and no lane swimming. Catered more towards children rather than adults. There's only one water work out class a week at 9.30am when most people are at work. Britannia is on my doorstep but I have to go to the Clissold Center for a variety of classes.
55 Durward St, Whitechapel, London E1 5BA, UK – 020 7247 7538
Was a Monday after 5 pm, so was a woman only night. Fantastic, it is usually full, however, was quite due to Ramadan. Fantastic friendly staff, working the best with what they've got. The place needs a massive financial injection, some TLC. This would see the member's rate improve, as it has dropped considerably during the last year. Hopefully when rail track go this will happen.
Have to say the customer service i received of ellie thorn was wonderful really makes the gym unlike other memebers of the csa team
Cowper St, London EC2A 4SH, UK
Great club: friendly members and excellent coaches
Finsbury Leisure Centre, Norman St, London EC1V 3PU, UK
The club's beginner's course is a must - even if you don't plan to continue fencing - great atmosphere, it provides a nice workout and a very useful and intriguing insight into fencing. I joined a club a few months ago after said course and the club is great! The coaches are absolutely brilliant and everyone can find a suitable trainer, suited to one's needs and timeframe. There are trainings almost every day so it is easy to fit it around one's schedule. And Tim and his team are very supportive and helpful. I would highly recommend this place to both beginners and competent fencers.
You won't be disappointed with this club. Spectacular coaches that will help you all your way, even in competitions. I started with the intensive workshop, and already signed up for three times a week. You have tough warm ups to put you into tone, and you have intensive sessions like the ones on saturdays running for 3 hours. You can choose location, as there are two gyms, and have a shower if you feel like it. Don't have your own equipment? No problemo, they'll lend it to you! Eventually I got mine, it's an investment, yes, but, isn't fencing worth it? And not only the fencing is great over there, but as well, the fencers themselves are all great lads, none of that brute drunken hooligan rabble you find in other sports. These are hand picked humans, finest around. After fencing we all go to the pub and chat until they throw us out. What can I say, IT CHANGED MY LIFE! But of course, that's exactly what I was looking for... PS: I no longer live in London, but I travel 1hr30min every saturday to London from Buckingham (near Milton Keynes), taking a bus and then a train and then the tube (and back). And I do that for three reasons, the club, the fencers and fencing. Were these three bad or disappointing, I would certainly had not bothered. So, what are you waiting? Join the club, I want to make new friends. PS 2: I'm back in London, fencing regularly 3 times a week. Just got back a month ago from a club organized fencing trip to Spartak Fencing Academy in St. Petersburg. You don't get these things anywhere else. Amazing place. Join now, or repent!
135 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, UK – 020 7739 3440
Good spot to watch football. Awful when busy, to buy drinks. Who, (apart from people who don't like beer) wants Coors Light? Then draught all beers go off and you can only buy bottles for over a fiver? The sign that says"bar staff required, no experience required", pretty much sums it up. Either way, the people that served me were polite and decent people. Just hugely overworked and out of their depth for how busy it was.
Watched a boxing fight there. £10 entry on the door, which only got you through the door, no free drink. It drew a crowd that was quite knowledgeable about boxing. Enough space in there to see the screens and enough seating if you get there early enough. You will have to find another review to see how it is as a club. As a note the place emptied very quickly after the fight. As a place to watch sports it was decent.
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