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3.8

13 reviews

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Virgin Active Oxford Street
Virgin Active Oxford Street
The Plaza Shopping Centre,
120 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LT
United Kingdom

Fitness Centre

Virgin Active Oxford Street
The Plaza Shopping Centre,
120 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LT
United Kingdom

Opening hours

Mon - Thur 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Virgin Active Oxford Street part of Virgin Active Health Clubs

As one of 72 state-of-the-art health clubs in the UK, we are proud to offer you a stylish, spacious, and truly dynamic exercise environment. Work out or chill out. Whatever your exercise goals, we can help you get there with our world-class gym facilities.

Here you’ll find all of the latest exercise equipment, including Power-plate, a wide range of innovative aerobics classes, a tranquil holistic studio, luxurious spa facilities, quality personal training, and more. Call us today to find out more about our flexible membership options, or book a club visit.

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Based on 13 reviews

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  • Ambience
  • Cleanliness
  • Staff
  • Value
  • Fitness
  • Body Attack (1)
  • Body Balance (1)
  • Body Pump (2)
  • Boxercise (1)
  • Personal Training (2)
  • Spinning (2)
  • Strength Training (2)
  • Stretching (1)
  • Vibration Plate Training (1)
  • Yoga & Pilates
  • Pilates (1)
  • Yoga (1)
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Posted 3 years ago
This is a great gym in a nice central location. The gym floor has plenty of machines for when it gets very busy, although I can't say the same about the showers and hairdryers in the locker room-- there is usually a queue at busy times.

All of the classes I have gone to at this Virgin Active have been great. The instructors are very helpful and really know their stuff. My only complaint about the classes is the music-- it gets old pretty quickly.

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Posted 4 years ago
I'd suggest thinking very hard about whether to join Virgin - well, I suggest you don't.

I'm only working two days a week now and can't afford the membership anymore - but have been told it isn't possible to cancel my membership until my 12 month contract expires.

Not only that but I'll soon be on maternity leave - even the fact the gym membership will take up a stonking 25% of my income doesn't sway them.

Mortgage lenders are more understanding!

(My local club is Clapham, but it's the same policy across all their gyms)

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Posted 4 years ago
The number one difference between Virgin Active and Fitness First is that Virgin rely on free weights whilst at Fitness First you can choose to do the exercize on machines or free weights.

This means if you are a beginer - or not sure how to use the free weights for everything - Virgin Active is definaltly not for you. Its much better to join somewhere where you will be confortable training at - and then join Virgin later on once yo know how to use all the free wheights.

At Virgin you are dumped in at the deep end. Virgin Active no longer do proper inductions - they hand you a photocopy sheet with four different programs (weight loss, tone up, build upetc) and expect you to
to go to group 'how-to' sessions whilst they demonstate how to use the equipment / weights to a group of people (but crucially it means they check your technique).

When you join they give you the option of paying for 2 personal training sessions at a reduced rate of £40. However, all my friends who have had these have said they are s very mediocre - and they gave them complicated moves that they would have no chance of doing on their own.

What most people want to be able to do is learn the basics of body building such as squats, dead lifts etc so they can train by themseves after a couple of months- but it was clear that the programe was designed to make it impossible to train without a trainer.

Cost of the PT is another factor - You can buy packs. The cheapest package deal (if you can call it a deal) is 1 hour sessions are £40 an hour by direct debit, for a minimum of 4 per month for a minumin term of 3 months = £640 in total. However, have ongoing training / top up sessions to rewrite a programe is not really an option (unless you love burning money) as the minumin you can buy is 3 at £160 (£53 each).

I left Virgin and joined Nuffield Health and the staff their showed me how to the exercizes - what Virgin wanted to charge me for - and I saved £££hundreds as a result. Its a bit more cramped but I found the knowlege they were willing to impart and help and guidance they gave me more than made up for it.

The Oxford Street gym would be a good gym if you are experanced at using the free weights but they really have to improve how they treat people new to the gym.




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Posted 5 years ago

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Posted 5 years ago
I went to the 7pm Thursday class expecting Pilates, but for some reason today the instructor switched it up and taught Body Balance - as she decribes it: "A blend of Tai Chi, Pilates & yoga", but to music.


Sounded interesting, so I hung around - the three guys in the class were all first timers (including me), but the teacher was super-friendly and a great teacher. Apparently she was going to go be an instructor for two weeks at this place in St Lucia called Bodyholiday LeSport - http://www.wahanda.com/place/the-bodyholiday-at-lesport-st-lucia/


The exercises and moves were great - and it was a mix of Yoga, Tai-Chi & Pilates and great balancing exercises. The warm-down was the best (of course) - overall the class is a great way to de-stress. I didnt even feel like i was in the hustle bustle of a gym. I will definitely check out the Pilates class soon, and also will try Body Balance again, despite my lack of flexibility.


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Posted 5 years ago
Really generous sized studios - having checked out Fitness First Black Label nearby the comparison was unbelievable. The classes are great and all the instructors are the highest standard - it's the gym they use for all the training of "Body" classes - Combat, Attack, Balance etc so they get the pick of the best.

It's the best Virgin gym to join in the area as it doesn't have a pool so the membership is a bit cheaper, while you can still use Strand and Marylebone whenever you want.

It is a bit pricier than the basic gyms nearby, but the facilities reflect that cost.

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Posted 5 years ago
I went along to Virgin Active as part of a free open day and tried their spinning class. Having done spinning before, I was a little nervous as I found it incredibly difficult the first time. As part of the open day we were shown around the facilities, which were really impressive, with huge clean changing rooms, complimentary towels, a state of the art gym and studios where the group cycling takes place. The staff were all lovely and very helpful.

The class was full on this lunchtime that we visited and is clearly very popular. The teacher was at the front, giving encouragement and directions throughout. The room was nice and cool although you still get incredibly hot and sweaty, as is the nature of spinning! I thought that the trainer was great as she kept it varied, did a mix of 'sprints' and steady hill climbs, as well as a mix of standing and sitting on the saddle. The bikes were better than the gym I'd tried previously, and she helped us set it up so that we were at the correct height.

From start to finish the experience was professional and, surprisingly, enjoyable and made me want to go again. My only problem with the gym is their rates as the memberships are pretty expensive, which is a shame as it's only a five minute walk from my work and would be perfect for me. However if you're a gym bunny and you'll stick to it then it's well worth the pennies as it's a great gym, with great staff and a huge selection of classes.

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Posted 5 years ago
Me and a couple of the girls at work went to a free spinning class after work one evening. When we got there, we were given a health form to fill in, shown around and then directed towards the changing room to get our fitness gear on.

We were about five minutes late to the class but the instructor was nice about it since we were new to the class. There was roughly around 20 people in the class, the music was blaring out and the room was almost in total darkness - why they switched off the light, I don't know but I preffered it, at least in the dark no one could see you sweat.

We jumped on our bicycle and we were shown how to adjust our seats and off we went. We did a mixture of fast spinning, spinning up a hill by putting up the gears and slow spins to catch our breath back. It was really strenuous and the instructor was quite hard on us but I guess that's a good thing. In fact, she caught me a couple of times trying to sneakily put my gear on the lowest mode but made me put it up again.

Overall, although it was hard work, I really enjoyed the class and if it wasn't so expensive to join I think I would be going to the spinning class at least once a week. It's just a shame it's super expensive... Oh well!!!

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Posted 6 years ago
I took advantage of a free day pass to use this virgin gym on Oxford street and was impressed with the facilities and the general atmosphere at the club. I got there at 8.30am when the early gym bunnies were showering and heading to work and found I had the gym floor practically to myself. The CV equipment was plentiful and up to date, the free weights area was very large with lots of mirrors, the abdominal area was amongst the largest I've seen in a gym in central London and there were a good number of Power Plate machines available. In addition there is a massive exercise studio, motivating music and a ton of natural light flooding the gym.
The ladies changing rooms were also tip top and I was particularly impressed with the number of hair drying stations available!!
I would love to join this gym, however at £73 a month, I'm not entirely sure it fits my budget and as previous reviewers have suggested I'd like a few more extras, such as a swimming pool and free personal training sessions!

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Posted 6 years ago
I took advantage of a free one hour personal training session being offered by Damien, one of the personal trainers at Virgin Active Oxford Street.

We'd already met to discuss my goals and some long term injuries, so it was straight into the session. It was obviously well prepared as it had everything I'd asked for (more floor exercises than machines; a programme I could practice on my own) and was pitched at the right level of difficultly.

The real revelation for me was the assisted stretching at the end of the session. None of my previous trainers did this and it had an immediate and dramatic effect on my flexibility.

The only criticism I have is that not enough floor space is given over to exercise mats. This meant I had to do some of the exercise ball work on a dusty wooden floor. The ball kept slipping out from me and I once fell awkwardly.

Overall the whole session was very productive and I will be signing up for a course of 12 sessions for £450, which is apparently only on offer until the end of January.


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Posted 6 years ago
Like the majority of the Virgin Active gyms, this is an old Holmes Place with fixtures and fittings that were luxurious when installed, but are now starting to show their age. Everything is clean and well maintained, but a full scale overhaul (especially of the changing rooms) needs to happen soon.

Because of it's central London location, this gym is extremely popular during lunch and between 5-7pm, but is almost empty at the weekend.

A big advantage of the Virgin Active gyms is that you're not tied to a single location and members are allowed to use almost all of the branches. My 'home' gym is in Ealing, but the facilities there are in such a bad way I tend to use the Oxford Street site, which is close to work.

The staff are excellent, well trained and polite.

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5 years ago
Member at ex Holmes place Dorset. Staff are brilliant...replacement of warn out fittings leave a lot to be desired. They exchanged our very well maintained dry changing room carpet for a horrible gritty grey vinyl! Comments were " it loooks like a prison" " we've lost our little bit of luxury" "surely this is temporary" many times!!! it os so depressing... leaves ones feet filthy with grit embedded..

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Posted 6 years ago
I have been coming to this location of Virgin Active for almost 10 years, back when it was Holmes Place.
Same location, same basic facilities and it does the job. I tro to go the Body Pump class here at least 2-3x week in the evenings because the instructors are fantastic.

I have also tried the Power Plates instructor-led classes which are amazing I think. Great workout

The only two downsides of this gym (and other Virgin Actives) are:
1) the air conditioning NEVER works, not in 10 years has it worked - therefore, the studios for the Body Pump classes are so hot, and unbearable so in the summer. The classes can get busy, so this really is not ideal
2) The front desk only give you ONE towel...so, if you use a towel during your workout...guess what, you need to use that same sweaty, dirty towel to shower, or you can pay £1 to £2 for a "fresh" towel...man, they are cheap! They used to give you a small towel, and a shower towel...you would think that given the high membership fees they could sort this out.

But, the location is convenient, so I keep going

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Posted 6 years ago
The Virgin Active staff all welcomed me with a friendly face and a smile, something which is always nice when you come to sweat off a hard days work at the gym. The facilities are all super-tidy and fresh, and there is a wide range of different studio classes to participate in (should one want to do that). Though myself being a bit of individualist when it comes to training, would had preferred a bit larger share of free weights. Something which I particularly noticed was the lack of an proper inclined bench for abdominal workout. It wouldn't hurt either if they'd got some proper boxing bags outside the studio. Had the price for membership been a bit lower I wouldn't be complaining over such things, but seeing how they charge you pretty much, I believe these amenities should exist.

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