IN 1896...the Sisters of Sion founded a convent school in Chepstow Villas W11. For its time the school had superb facilities which included a playground and gymnasium at the rear. 73 years later in 1969 the then reverend mother decided to sell the now aging gymnasium so she could build a more modern one that was properly connected to the school.
SQUASH ANYONE?A local surveyor and squash fanatic, Colin White, saw that the gymnasium would convert into six squash courts and proceeded to buy the old building and the connecting garage. In the following 15 years Lambton Squash Club proved to be a great success and even hosted the British national squash championships. By the mid 1980’s as the popularity of squash began to wane a little and with another health club already built and proving very successful in Chiswick , Colin White converted the squash club into what became London’s premier fitness establishment and in 1987 Lambton Place Health Club opened its doors. The top three squash courts had been converted into a gymnasium and the bottom three became the swimming pool. The tell tale signs of its previous use still exist today in the gym. Cast your eyes towards the ceiling next time you visit. Initially the front portion of the buildings first floor was a residence and was occupied until the early 90’s. However the clubs continued success meant more space was desperately needed. After some persuasion the flats occupant agreed to sell and much renovation followed. The ladies changing room, which had occupied space on the same level as the gym, was moved to where the flat once stood giving the gymnasium some much needed floor space. One thing was still lacking though and in 1993 the studio was finally added to the building on top of the ladies changing room.
BODYWORKSWEST IS BORNA further 15 years of success followed and in 2008 Lambton Place health Club was sold and BodyWorksWest was born. With the club still looking somewhat of a relic from the 80’s and 90’s, the new owners wasted no time and set about bringing the club into the 21st century. A new façade was created along with a new reception area. The lounge was given a much needed face lift and what was once upon a time, the clubs restaurant and bar was converted into two Pilates studios. The men’s and ladies changing rooms were modified and the spinning studio (which many years before had been the clubs hair salon!) was expanded. Most recently the entrance to the studio was moved to a more convenient location and the therapy rooms on the top floor renewed. Today, BodyWorksWest is once again the finest boutique health club in West London.
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