Rooney's Gym | South East

Borough, Elephant & Castle, Upper Cut

Master your jab, hook and upper cut at Rooney’s. A raw, real boxing gym in Elephant & Castle…

Rooney’s, home to boxing style fitness classes where you can get a sweat on, while learning how to actually box.

What was once an intimidating boxing club under some arches on Bermondsey Street, is now a revamped, less frightening boutique gym, floating above a trendy urban farmers’ market, touted as ‘the new Borough Market’. A sure sign of this area’s growing gentrification.

Before paying a visit to ‘The Best Pizza Maker’ from Naples… (who resides here, apparently), hone your boxing skills at Rooney’s first. And we don’t mean fannying about doing star jumps next to a bag and hitting it every now and then…

Find a mix of boxing technique, skills, bag work, HIIT and killer core sessions in the ring, led by professional boxers and former commonwealth champions. The majority of classes are non-contact and fitness based, with white collar and women’s sparring classes for the more advanced.

If you’re a fan of raw, authentic training in a proper boxing environment where you can still wash and blow dry your hair before going to work – this is the place for you.

It would of course be rude not to visit Prezzemolo e Vitale, a legendary independent/family owned fresh supermarket from Palermo. It’s also a hop, skip and a jump from The Ministry Does Fitness. Who knew Elephant & Castle would be the keeper of so many gems…

Address: Rooney’s Boxing Gym, Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway,  London SE1 6DR

Tube: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo & Northern), Borough (Northern)

Price: Drop in £12

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Reviewed by Alice Rickard

A destination for healthy hedonists that fuses the worlds of fitness, healthy food and drink.