Having undergone a recent refurbishment,this massive sports establishment is now back up and runnning (pardon the pun).
Despite still retaining it's rather austere appearence,there is definately a huge improvement especially in the women's changing rooms which were formerly repulsive and retch-inducing but now are spacious and clean (I sound like 60 minute makeover). With individual shower cubicles and toilets that smell like thay are cleaned more than once a year, things are definalty looking and smelling better.
Other improvements include the modernisation of the 50 metre olympic size pool with electronic timing displays so you can check your speed and new racing blocks.
As one of the only 50m olympic pools in the country, Palace attracts the best swimmers and also hosts a diving school (4 different heights) with coaching from a former olympic champion.
The atmosphere at Crystal Palace is more training oriented than leisure (the cool water temperature reflects this) but there are lanes to suit all speeds and lessons are available for adults and children in both swimming and diving with a childrens pool available for lessons.
The sports centre is also home to the famous athletics track which you can train on and various racquet sports courts for hire including outdoor tennis. There is a full aerobics programme and well equipped gym.
There's also a programme for children including trampolining and many clubs train here.
Only recommendable for people interested in pure 50s/60s concrete architecture - an overkill in grey walls, cold/drab changing rooms and prison style showers......
One of the few 50m pools in London and thus for real enthusiasts. Endless journey from the city center.....
The pool itself is good but all the staff are unbelievably rude. Several times I have been here and every time every staff members are rude and really unhelpful.
Recently my girlfriends purse was stolen from the changing room lockers and the staff were not only unhelpful and unsympathetic but rude and were pissy jerks about it. She was upset but received no help from the staff.
Sack them all and get a better company to run this outfit.
I've started coming regularly to this place only recently to do beach volleyball training. Since they moved the sand from the Olympic Beach test event in Horse Guard Parade to Crystal Palace, the venue for training there is amazing with a possible 3 courts. I would agree with the staff not being particularly friendly but the amenities there since this place got refurbished are top notch and compensate a little for the bad customer service.for now anyway Handball, Basketball, squash, studio classes, swimming, diving, climbing, fitness gym, indoor volleyball, fencing, beach soccer, beach volleyball, athletics, and much more,I don't think there's a sport that they don't cover really. There's a wide range of sporting events taking place there as well and it's worth checking this place out, if only just for a dive in the 50m long swimming pool for under a fiver.
I can't even rate this gym. My friend is raving about how good it is and wants me to go. Ive been trying to decided between palace or Beckenham gyms and finally chose crystal palace as it was closer and more convenient. I wanted some more info, so I filled in their form online, not heard a peep so emailed them, TWICE and still nothing. Called up, no answer. Called again and was told the person who runs the gym is busy and they'll phone be back. Can you guess what happened??? Yep not heard a word from them. If they don't want my business then fine. Gave Beckenham a quick call and they couldn't have been more helpful, so off I Beckenham I go, it's much cheaper AND you have use of the pool included in the price and do not need a separate membership like crystal palace.
As others have said, the staff aren't great, and it's a small mission to join.
But once you've got that sorted, it's the best gym out there bar none. It's cheap, the online booking works a treat, and the interior is absolutely awesome. 4 squash courts, the 50 meter pool, the sports hall, the outside track and stadium and, best of all, the park it's set in to run through. I play lacrosse, and I REALLY wish our team would relocate here. The gym itself is well lit, with modern equipment and a lot of space.
So yes, it's a mission to sign up and the customer service when doing so isn't brilliant. But stick with it, it's worth the hassle. I took a star off for the customer service, but I'd really have given it 4.5 if I could.
I just noticed you can rate the price. I've put it at budget, because it really is that cheap about £27, I think, for the gym alone. But it has everything you'd expect from a high end place.
Don't be fooled by the drab exterior. Crystal Palace Leisure Centre has been refurbished and it has an excellent 50 metre pool that is the envy of the rest of London. Nice, ample changing rooms, loads of other activities available and a unique setting in the middle of one of London's bike friendlier parks. I've never had any problems with the staff, and plenty of them are from ethnic minorities, so not sure what the other reviewer is on about. Worth the trip!
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