The kicker with this luxury health club in London? It’s family friendly

London – Sleek and sophisticated, the newest location of luxury health club brand Third Space isn’t one you’d imagine would be welcoming to young members: in fact, Universal Design Studio-devised club – opened in the Inner London borough Islington – was completely thought out with local neighbourhood families and gym-goers in in mind.

This is the sixth opening from Third Space, whose vast health and fitness facilities have been a mainstay in London for the better part of 20 years (the company is also behind sister brand Another Space). In each of the locations, high-performance athletic spaces are met with premium retail and hospitality spots, ranging from sportswear shops to full-service bars and restaurants.

But Third Space Islington is the first of the company’s clubs to offer a dedicated area for families. Little Space, as it’s called, is designed for younger members and has a crèche, athletic rig, sports hall and pool. While parents work up a sweat in the separate adult club, tykes can get their move on during lessons and activities – just from the privacy of their own graphic playground.

Surely the ease in knowing that their kids are well-occupied gives parents the peace to really enjoy the holistic experience Third Space has to offer. Planned as a series of subterranean courtyards, the club is defined by atmospheric light wells and a rich, muscular material palette. The swimming pool(s) illustrate the harmony between light and material: in the family pool, grey stone walls are offset by a sculptured ceiling, punctured by large circular light installations. In another space, an illuminated, undulating ceiling hangs dramatically over a 20-m performance pool.

Member lounge spaces are kept dim, quiet rooms for members to work or relax in – tech-enhanced guided meditation sessions are offered here. A spa area adjacent to the pool areas is walled with apricot-coloured handmade tiles, encompassing a Red Cedar sauna, marbled ceramic steam room and hydrotherapy pool. And one can find a sensorial experience in the ‘Mind & Body’ studios, which are fitted with acoustic treatments and have walls surfaced with recycled corrugated panels, interactive mood lighting, solid oak floors, and floor-to-ceiling ombré mirrors.

As the adage goes, happy kids equal happy parents. Suffice to say: Third Space and Universal Design Studio clearly reasoned that to get members to stay longer and really take advantage of the amenities, you also have to cater to – and design for – the youngest club-goers.

Location 15 Esther Anne Pl, The Angel, London N1 1UL, United Kingdom

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