John Orwell Sports Centre

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Tench Street, Wapping, London, E1W 2QD Get Directions


Housed in a light and airy converted warehouse, John Orwell Sports centre is located in the heart of Wapping, not far from the Tower of London. Providing a friendly venue for locals and visitors alike, the John Orwell centre is a popular local gym in this interesting and historic part of London. The centre is open until 10pm during the week, so there is plenty of time to get rid of those office cobwebs.

The gym has over 50 different exercise stations, and is arranged to make the most of the skyline views of London. With its high ceilings and air conditioning, the gym is a pleasant oasis from the bustle of the city. There is a good choice of free weights, plus plenty of treadmills and steppers for your cardio workout. Customers of this gym especially like the friendly staff and uncrowded atmosphere.

The centre also offers a wide range of other activities. The fitness studio houses twelve group exercise classes each week, with options such as Pilates, yoga and box fit. Some classes are designated ‘women only’ as part of the local ‘For the girls’ programme, and there is a weekly session for the over 55s. There is a sports hall and two outside courts, one of astroturf and one of tarmac. Trampolining classes are also now being held for under 16s. (Extra charges apply for all of these activities)

How to find us:
The centre is located on Tench Street, Wapping. The entrance is opposite Wapping Gardens. The nearest station is Wapping (East London Line), five minutes walk from the gym. Shadwell Station (DLR/National Rail) is about 10 minutes away. Bus 100 (Elephant and Castle – St Georges Town Hall) stops on nearby Sampson Street. Bus D3 (London Chest Hospital – Isle of Dogs Asda) stops on Watts Street. There is limited street parking available near the main entrance.
  • Cardio machines
  • Free weights
  • Resistance machines
  • Personal training *
  • Fitness studio
  • Mat area

* Available at extra cost

  • Showers
  • Changing Rooms
Monday 07:00 to 22:00
Tuesday 07:00 to 22:00
Wednesday 07:00 to 22:00
Thursday 07:00 to 22:00
Friday 07:00 to 22:00
Saturday 09:00 to 18:00
Sunday 09:00 to 19:00


28 reviews
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24th February 2018

Magdalena B

Quite big gym, very nice staff.

25th January 2018

Magdalena B

It was nicely quiet even on a weekday in the evening. Really friendly staff.

20th August 2017

James F

All good, great all-rounder unpretentious gym

13th August 2017

James F

Excellent and close to my house, would recommend

Not a huge selection of machines if you're professional about the gym but a good all-round gym in general

12th April 2017

Lily H

Large gym and wonderful high ceilings. It has all the resistance machines and large free weights area. Sometimes you have to queue for a machine as there is one of each but there is such a variety you move on to something else first. The staff are very easy-going and friendly too.

26th July 2016

Anna M

Ok gym, although very male dominated

31st January 2015

ketki v

nice spin class had fun good staff

7th December 2014

Jonathan A

Very old facilities and equipment. Showers are dirty.

12th August 2014

Sherry A

good - staff helpful in advising what membership would be best for me.

30th July 2014

Sherry A

Pros - Convenient location in Wapping, not crowded, lots of machines, high ceilings.
Cons - bathroom could be kept cleaner and more modern. Should have proper water cooler fountains and wet wipes for the machines after exercising.

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