The Foundry | Vauxhall/Old Street, London

This is exactly “where the strong belong”. This studio challenges you to lift more, run faster and clench harder with their signature City Strongman and Sweat classes. The classes are tough – think farmer carries, running with a 50kg sandbag, atlas stones, followed by a 2000m row and 20 cals on the ski erg. But don’t let that intimidate you, the instructors are like big cuddly bears – they’re all hench but very friendly and will make sure you get the most out of your workout. Worth every penny.

They’ve recently opened a new studio on City Road in Shoreditch that has better changing rooms and amenities if their Vauxhall gym doesn’t float your boat.

Sweat index: 6-10 (one of their classes is literally called Sweat!)

Classes: City Strongman (their signature Strongman class), Hang (calisthenics), Lift (strength), Sweat (HIIT), Stretch (mobility)

Price: They’re currently offering BOGOF on classes – £20 for a single class / Available on Classpass

Amenities: No toiletries and very basic showers at the Vauxhall gym (it’s a community centre), but toiletries, lockers and towels are provided at the new Old Street studio.


Vauxhall: The Foundry at Black Prince Community Hub, Beaufoy Walk, off Black Prince Rd, Lambeth, London, SE11 6AA

Old Street: 227 City Road, London, EC1V 1JT (it’s in the basement)


Instagram: @foundryfit

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