The whole “spinning in a nightclub” formula is one that may work but has also been done. Realising that for much of the year, Londoners are a light-deprived, overworked bunch, FirstLight classes take place in a darkened room equipped with special sunlight simulating bulbs that gradually brighten over the course of a class. Add to this the 30ft screen at the front that transforms into a number of global destinations and you’re left with an exercise class come SAD-fighting 45 minutes of escape. As well as their signature Ride class, they also offer Vinyasa Flow Yoga and express 30 minute HIIT sessions – combining either just time on the bike or the bike plus strength exercises.
They’ve also thought of everything here to make it as stress-free as possible: you get two hours free parking in Westfield, towels, cleats, keyless lockers, Mauli toiletries and Cloud Nine straighteners. We also love that bikes are on graduated levels, so even at the back you don’t feel hemmed in, something that most spinning studios overlook. Pick up one of their smoothies afterwards – with enticing names like Ocean Light, you leave feeling renewed and reinvigorated.
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