Tried & Tested: Top 8 Reformer Pilates studios in London
Whether you’re looking to try Reformer Pilates for the first time or take your skills to the next level, we’ve got you covered. Our top 8 studios in London have all been tried and tested to give you honest feedback for each, so you can choose your location based on your needs.
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I’ll forever be grateful to Frame for kickstarting my Reformer obsession back in 2014. As a cardio junkie I always assumed ‘Pilates’ would be too boring for me, but after a series of injuries it was recommended I try Frame’s beginner class. And I never looked back.
Frame’s beginner classes are a great way to introduce yourself to the Reformer equipment, Pilates breathing and technical positions. Once you’re ready to move on, try one of the standard classes at any of Frame’s 6 London locations. If you’re more experienced and looking to really take it up a notch, they also offer Power and Advanced classes for a real core burner.
Each instructor has their own playlist and method of teaching, so find the one you click with most and you’ll be a seasoned Pilates pro before you know it.
- BEST FOR: First timers and those looking for a feel-good workout
- ON CLASSPASS? Some off-peak classes are
- DROP IN PRICE: £20
- AMENITIES: Towels, showers, lockers, hair dryers, straighteners, cafe
- LOCATIONS: Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Farringdon, Fitzrovia, Hammersmith, Victoria
With a name like that, it may come as no surprise that music at the heart of a Tempo class. This Reformer class is a rhythmic workout that is followed to the beat with absolute precision. This focus on timing really does have its benefits too; I found it really helped breakdown the technical aspects of each move, alerted me to my use of breath and helped increase concentration during the more challenging moves.
Tempo’s classes are suitable for a range of levels, as many of the moves have a beginner, intermediate and advanced options. I particularly like the attention given to lengthening and activating the key muscles before each move was carried out. The instructors do really push you and the core routine is a particular burner, but one that is likely to get results fast.
What I particularly like is the importance that each instructor puts on developing a relationship with every client, by taking the time to check in on you personally both before and after class to see how you’re doing. Kudos to that.
- BEST FOR: Students (any level) who enjoy being pushed with technical corrections
- ON CLASSPASS? Yes
- DROP IN PRICE: £30 (£15 for your first class)
- AMENITIES: Showers, hairdryers, towels (£1 charge)
- LOCATIONS: Shoreditch, London Fields, Covent Garden
Lagree has revolutionised my approach to fitness. As someone who avoids anything high impact (to minimise old injury flare ups) but is simultaneously desperate for a fitness challenge, I was told Lagree would be ‘right up my street.’ So with a little excitement and a fair dose of fear (Lagree has a reputation as ‘Pilates on steroids’), I took to the infamous Lagree ‘megaformer’.
Now the megaformer machine is a souped up version of a Reformer machine, with more cutouts and handles on and around the bed, to allow for quick transitions and an ability to contort your body into a greater amount of positions.
There’s no getting away from it, the Lagree method is HARD. My first session felt impossible. Each move is executed very slowly (to a count of four), which requires real strength, discipline and control. The other point of challenge is the lack of rest - there is none. Each muscle group is pushed to absolute fatigue through a series of targeted exercises, before moving to the next. This makes Lagree is as much a HIIT workout as it is a strength one - perfect if you’re after a low impact endorphin hit. You will feel the shake and burn, every time. The intensity and progression offered at Lagree also means that you never plateau - one year on and I still find the class incredibly hard, but my execution of the moves and confidence has certainly improved.
This class is addictive, thanks to its quick progression and visible results. It’s no wonder that the likes of Meghan Markle and Sofia Vergara are obsessed.
*NOTE: Grip socks are essential*
- BEST FOR: Those looking for a real strength and endurance challenge
- ON CLASSPASS? Yes
- DROP IN PRICE: £30 (first class £15)
- AMENITIES: Towels, showers, hair dryers, straighteners. Juice bar in White City location.
- LOCATIONS: City, Canary Wharf, White City
PILATES IN THE CLOUDS
You may have seen this exclusive Reformer Pilates studio on the ‘gram; if so you’ll already know that the stunning skylight location speaks for itself.
Situated on a west London rooftop, Pilates in the Clouds was launched several years ago by the lovely Lauren Masaoka. It now boasts a 2 month waitlist, with clients including principal dancers of the Royal Ballet, actresses, aristocracy and most of the Made in Chelsea cast.
With no website or street front, this unique studio is word-of-mouth only. But does its exclusive reputation translate into a good workout? Unanimously, yes. Lauren’s background in both classical Pilates and evolved Pilates (which focused particularly on training athletes and dancers) makes for a challenging and dynamic session that doesn’t compromise on technique. The smart equipment is top of the line and eco-friendly, which adds to the luxe experience. Plus the maximum class size is three, so I always feel that I have the teacher’s full attention.
Combined with its serene view of the clouds floating by, Pilates in the Clouds is a rewarding and uplifting workout that evidently values its client’s privacy. Without a doubt, it’s a ‘bucket list’ kind of class.
- BEST FOR: Attentive instruction and fine-tuning alignment
- ON CLASSPASS? No
- DROP IN PRICE: Trio £45 pp, duo £55 pp, private £110
- AMENITIES: Smart Water, towels and vegan treats provided
- LOCATIONS: Earl’s Court
Craving a Pilates-inspired challenge with a twist? Then Form is for you.
Instead of a Reformer bed, Form uses a unique ‘MOTR’ machine, which looks like a sturdy foam roller with arms and pulleys extending out of it. Through using this innovative equipment, the classes can best be described as Pilates-meets-TRX-meets-barre.
Taking a class with co-founder Ellisa is a must. She is warm and positive but simultaneously ready to ready push you, while keeping a close eye on technique and execution. ‘Sitting is the new smoking!’ she reminds us, as we work on our posterior chain. I tried the ‘Purecore’ class which is a ‘high intensity reformer style class’ and found the balancing particularly challenging and the glute exercises intense.
The mental focus required on the MOTR was particularly rewarding and I can see how this method of training could become very addictive. I have no doubt that their claims to ‘strengthen, tone, lengthen and sculpt’ would soon ring true following regular attendance.
*NOTE: Grippy socks are essential*
- BEST FOR Avoiding a fitness plateau
- ON CLASSPASS? Yes
- DROP IN PRICE: £30 (or intro offer 4 for £40)
- AMENITIES: Towels, showers
- LOCATION: Notting Hill
Heartcore’s reputation precedes it, but is it worth the hype?
It is certainly at the premium end of Reformer Studios; from the beautiful fragrance walking in to the comfortable beach-luxe decor, Heartcore immediately leaves you uplifted and at ease. More importantly, when it comes to the Reformer Studio itself, the equipment is second-to-none. Heartcore’s Reformer bed is undoubtedly the plushest I have used to date.
The class was very challenging, with many moves such as ‘mermaid’, ‘catfish’ and ‘skater’ focusing on performance through to complete fatigue, in a similar way to Lagree. However, while moves were equally encouraged to be slow and controlled with swift transitions, the holds were not quite as long as Lagree.
The friendly instructor had a real eye for technique and was very attentive, giving me adjustments (however minor) and tips throughout. All-in-all a professional class held in the most stunning studio locations to make for an empowering practice.
- BEST FOR: Those looking to take their Pilates to the next level with a more dynamic, advanced practice
- ON CLASSPASS? No
- DROP IN PRICE: £27
- AMENITIES: Cold water, tea, showers, towels, hair dryers and straighteners
- LOCATIONS: City, Kensington, Fulham, St John’s Wood, Soho and 2 Notting Hill locations
Recovering from an injury? Ten is the place to take on the Reformer in complete confidence, thanks to its holistic approach to Pilates.
On my first visit I was carrying a particularly complex injury, to which the knowledgeable instructor gave his full attention and feedback around my posture and biomechanics, which have been useful takeaways to this day.
With eight locations in London, Ten is one of the city’s most established Reformer Pilates venues. The clean-cut studios are a popular choice with a variety of age ranges, abilities and genders, which makes it considerably less intimidating or elitist than some city venues.
- BEST FOR: Injury rehabilitation and postural training
- ON CLASSPASS? Yes
- DROP IN PRICE: £30
- AMENITIES: Towels, showers
- LOCATIONS: Liverpool St, Hatton Garden, Fitzrovia, St James Park, Mayfair, Little Venice, Notting Hill, Chiswick
With its roots in osteo-led movement, Moss Pilates has a very biomechanical approach to the practice. As such, the studio is particularly suited to those recovering from or managing injuries, or looking to really refine their technique.
Beyond their standard Reformer classes, Moss also offers ‘jumpboard’ classes at its Liverpool Street location, which is a great way to really boost your heart rate and improve your plyometrics in a low impact way.
If you’re looking to really fine tune your patterns of movement, I’d thoroughly recommend heading to their new Kings Cross location for one of the ‘studio circuits’. This class involves everything from a Reformer to a Wunda Chair, and the small classes of six means you get close guidance on how exactly you should be executing each move.
- BEST FOR: Those wanting to focus on injury recovery and/or technical alignment
- ON CLASSPASS? Liverpool Street location only
- DROP IN PRICE: £30 (2 for 1 intro offer)
- AMENITIES: Showers, towels
- LOCATIONS: Liverpool Street, Kings Cross
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