This 1930s marble 30m swimming pool has been completely refurbished and reopened with a modern fitness gym, studios and spa in 2010. It's in the heart of Soho just off Carnaby St and all the facilities can be used pay-as-you-go, including that fabulous pool for £5.30 a swim.
the 1930s marble based pool is a real treasure, and delight to swim in.
It was certainly well worth going to the trouble of restoring.
What would have previously been the spectator area looks a bit blank, and i'd have got rid of the coat of arms. Maybe some plants would help?
More problematic are the changing rooms which are cramped and flawed in their layout:
The WC are too integrated into the changing room area, the floor is always wet, the swimming costume drier is on the poolside, and the water flow is intermittent, and too hot.
I guess the space was limited, and that the previously expansive changing room area now fullfills a different function. However, some more thought should've gone into this!
The Marshall Street Leisure Centre is a community gym, pool, and day spa owned by the Westminster Council. It recently re-opened after a major refurbishment. The 25m pool is stunning---a relic of Victorian leisure and is worth a quick glance even if you don't go for a dip. It's conveniently located on a side street, moments from Carnaby Street & Oxford Circus.
As the complex is owned by the council, it is remarkably affordable...most memberships start in the 40 pound range without any sort of long-term contract or commitment. They also do day passes if you just want to drop in and use the pool. In the pricey world of London gyms this is really amazing value. However, the low price comes with some draw-backs and the centre doesn't draw the same posh crowd found at 3rd Space or the Oxford Street Virgin Active. Marshall Street can also be crazy busy after work. Try coming here at 7pm and you will queue a bit to get a treadmill or to the free weights (the free weight section is small with only 2 benches). That said, come on a Saturday or Sunday and the gym will be virtually empty!
If you're looking for an affordable no-frills gym with central London's most stunning pool, The Marshall Street Leisure Centre needs to be on your sort-list.
I love finding out about places like this, tucked away in central London. it's a relative secret which means that it is almost always quiet enough for a decent swim here
A really cool place for swimming. the facilities and amenities are simply super.
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