8 best Muay Thai gyms in London

Best Muay Thai gyms London

If you’re looking for a good gym to train Muay Thai in London, you have plenty of options.

But if you’re new to London (Or even new to Muay Thai) it can be difficult to find the right gym to suit your needs.

So, I’ve put together this straight-forward guide to the best Muay Thai gyms in London to help you make the right choice.

I’ve trained Thai boxing at some of these gyms, but others I’m simply reviewing by reputation and publicly available information.

I’ve highlighted the most important features that I look for in a London gym, which are…

 

  • Location – Where is it?
  • Nearest tube station – How easy is it to get there?
  • Facilities – Do they have decent gear and equipment?
  • Coaches – Do they have experienced people teaching classes?
  • Prices – Is it good value for money? And do they offer a free trial class?

 




 

London fight factory | Old Street

London Fight Factory is a very popular mixed martial arts gym based just a short walk from the famous Old Street roundabout. Muay Thai is one of the core martial arts taught there (along with BJJ) but they also offer classes in MMA, wrestling, sambo, and even have a strength training section.

Muay Thai classes are available throughout the week and at weekends, with classes split up into experience levels. There is a nice mix of abilities, and they are very welcoming to new joiners – but you will be expected to put in 100% effort from day one.

I’ve personally trained here, and I think it’s a great gym to train at whether you are just starting out, or if you’ve got a few years experience under your belt.

Note: They also have a secondary location at Golders Green in North London, but it may be a bit too far out for those looking to train centrally.

 

Location

London Old street – Central London

 

Nearest tube

Old Street Station – Northern line

 

Facilities

  • Padded flooring throughout gym
  • Numerous heavy bags
  • Mounted pads
  • Pads and gloves
  • Skipping ropes
  • Strength training area with weights and frames

 

Coaches

Nick Forrer – experienced Muay Thai fighter

 

Prices

  • Free trial lesson
  • Pay per class – £15 per lesson
  • Monthly membership
    • £60 per month enables you to take any two classes per week
    • £75 per month enables you to take any three classes per week
    • £95 per month enables you to take unlimited classes
  • You can mix your classes up if you want to train other classes outside of Muay Thai

Visit London Fight Factory website.

 

 

MMA clinic | Angel

The MMA Clinic in Angel is another very popular and well-equipped MMA gym, offering Muay Thai classes on weekday evenings and mornings, as well as weekends. Classes are split by ability level and people of all abilities are welcomed.

When signing up to MMA clinic you have to make a commitment as they only offer monthly packages, and you must choose one discipline to stick to for the duration of your membership. Also you have to start with a “workshop” before you can join. This is a paid introductory session where you are assessed before joining, or taught the ropes if you are a beginner.

MMA clinic do tend to focus more on members progression than most other gyms, so although it may seem a bit pricey at first, the price is justified.

 

Location

Islington – North/central London

 

Nearest tube

Angel – Northern line

Essex road (overground rail)

 

Facilities

  • Padded floor throughout gym
  • Boxing ring
  • Cage
  • Numerous heavy bags, wall mounts
  • Gloves,  pads
  • Skipping ropes

 

Coaches

Chris Carley – experienced Muay Thai fighter

 

Prices

  • Introductory “workshop” session – £50
  • Three levels of monthly membership with minimum 4 month signup
    • Black – £65 per month + classes booked at additional cost
    • Silver – £85 per month, including 2 classes per week
    • Gold – £90 per month, unlimited access and classing
  • Membership pricing can be a little confusing here, so probably worth giving them a call before booking anything.

Visit The MMA Clinic website.

 

 

Diesel gym | Royal Albert Docks

The Royal Albert Docks in East London host Diesel Gym – They’ve recently moved to this location, so everything is brand new and in great condition. It’s another MMA gym, but Muay Thai is one of the more prominent martial arts trained, with classes during the week (afternoons and evenings) and the weekend.

Classes are split into fundamental classes, general classes and sparring – there’s also ladies only Muay Thai lessons offered.

 

Location

Royal Albert Docks – East London

 

Nearest tube

Royal Albert – DLR

 

Facilities

  • Padded flooring
  • Ring
  • Cage
  • Heavy bags
  • Gloves, pads
  • Skipping ropes

 

Coaches

Daniel Sam, Jenny Claff, Leon Markham-Lee, Christian Meramo – all experienced Muay Thai fighters

 

Prices

  • One session – £10
  • Monthly pass – £95 per month – minimum 3 month signup
  • Under 16’s monthly pass – £50 per month – rolling monthly
  • 30 day pass – £120 – one off payment
  • 7 day pass – £35 – one off payment

Visit Diesel Gym website.

 

 

Fightzone London | East London

Another popular East London MMA centre is Fightzone London, offering Muay Thai, BJJ and more across a varied ability timetable throughout the week. Memberships don’t tie you into long term contracts and they even have their own coffee shop.

 

Location

Cambridge Heath – East London

 

Nearest tube

  • Bethnal Green – Central line
  • Cambridge Heath – Overground rail

 

Facilities

  • Padded flooring
  • Heavy bags
  • Gloves, pads
  • Skipping ropes
  • Basic strength training equipment
  • Coffee shop

 

Coaches

Jose Varela – experienced Muay Thai fighter

 

Prices

  • Free trial class
  • Single session – £15
  • £60 per month – 2 classes per week
  • £75 per month – 3 classes per week
  • £90 per month – unlimited classes
  • Kids – £60 per month
  • Joining fee – one off fee of £25
  • Insurance – £10 per year

Visit FightZone website.

 

 

MMA Den | Battersea

If you’re looking for a gym south-of-the-river, then MMA Den in Battersea offers Muay Thai amongst it’s wide range of martial arts classes. Classes are available throughout the week and weekend, with all ages and abilities welcomed.

 

Location

Battersea – South West London

 

Nearest tube

Battersea Park or Queenstown Road – Overground rail

 

Facilities

  • Padded flooring
  • Ring
  • Cage
  • Gloves, pads
  • Heavy bags
  • Strength training equipment

 

Coaches

Solomon Lefleur, Wojciech Nartowicz – Experienced Muay Thai fighters

 

Prices

  • Single class – £15
  • Unlimited classes for 1 year contract – £80 per month
  • Unlimited classes for 6 month contract – £100 per month
  • Unlimited classes for 3 month contract – £110 per month

Visit MMA Den website.

 

 

KO Gym | Bethnal Green

KO Gym, under the railway arches in Bethnal Green is predominantly a Muay Thai and kick boxing gym, although it does offer MMA and BJJ classes also. They offer a good range of classes for all levels of abilities from beginners to those who wish to compete.

 

Location

Bethnal Green – East London

 

Nearest tube

  • Bethnal Green – Central Line
  • Stepney Green – District Line, Hammersmith & City Line
  • Bethnal Green overground

 

Facilities

 

Coaches

Big team of experienced coaches

 

Prices

  • Individual lesson – £11 (Under 16’s – £6)
  • Monthly membership – £85 per month (Under 16’s £40 per month)

Visit KO Gym website.

 

 

Urban kings | Kings Cross

The most centrally located off all the gyms on this list is Urban Kings in Kings Cross. It also boasts the best facilities outside of the training area, such as sauna, cardio suite and juice bar. But don’t let the luxuries fool you into thinking you will be getting an easy ride here, it’s still a serious MMA gym where you’ll be expected to train hard – you can also train a wide range of disciplines outside of Thai boxing.

 

Location

Kings cross – Central London

 

Nearest tube

Kings Cross / St Pancras – Overground + Circle line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line, Northern line, Piccadilly line, Victoria line

 

Facilities

  • Padded floor
  • Heavy bags
  • Raised ring
  • Half cage
  • Weights section including benches free-weights and machines
  • Skipping ropes
  • Pads, gloves
  • Cardio machines – running, rowing etc.
  • Sauna & luxury changing rooms
  • Juice bar

 

Coaches

Gyp Tessier, Mariusz Slowinski, Josh Palmer – experienced Thai boxers

 

Prices

Monthly memberships from £135 per month

Visit Urban Kings website.

 

 

Singdayt Muay Thai | Shepherds Bush

Singdayt Muay Thai are based in a dance studio in Shepherds Bush, so the equipment is minimal with only pad work and sparring on offer, but they still offer a decent level of coaching across the week for all levels of ability.

 

Location

Shepherds Bush – West London

 

Nearest tube

  • Shepherds Bush – Central line
  • Shepherds Bush – Circle line, Hammersmith & City line
  • Shepherds Bush overground

 

Facilities

  • Gloves, pads
  • Skipping ropes

 

Coaches

Damon Faulkner – experienced Muay Thai fighter

 

Prices

  • £10 per single session
  • £80 per month – no contract

Visit Singdayt Muay Thai website.

 

 

Are these really the best Muay Thai gyms in London?

If you know a great Thai boxing gym in London that you think should be featured here, send us an email to hello@bestmuaythai-boxing.com

Also, if you run one of the above gyms and would like any of the info amended, please get in touch.

See also: Best Muay Thai gyms in Manchester

Happy training!

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