Free Outdoor Gym classes for 2019

Our outdoor gyms aim to deliver exciting, inclusive and safe places where you can enjoy physical activity across Tower Hamlets. And the best part? There's no need to book, just turn up.


Women & girls



Love to Swim

School term time swimming lessons for women and girls only at Sir John Cass Secondary School.

For more details or to make a booking visit, or contact, 020 3006 6189.

Better UK

All of the borough's pools offer weekly female only access times from £1.30 per session:

Better UK
Mile End Park Leisure Centre Monday 10.15am - 12.15pm
  Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30pm 
  Thursday 7 - 10pm
Poplar Baths Leisure Centre & Gym Wednesday 5.30 - 9.30pm
  Thursday 12noon - 1.30pm
  Sunday 4 - 5.30pm 
St George's Leisure Centre Monday  12.30 - 1.30pm
  Thursday 12.30 - 1.30pm
  Friday 7.30 - 9.30pm
  Saturday 5.30 - 6.30pm
Tiller Leisure Centre Tuesday 8 - 9pm
  Wednesday 1.30 - 2.30pm
  Sunday 10 - 11am
York Hall Leisure Centre Monday 12.30 - 1.30pm
  Tuesday 7.30 - 9pm
  Wednesday 12.30 - 1.30pm


Three leisure centre gym's offer female only access during the following times:

Women Only Gym Times
 Centre Mon Tue Weds Thur Fri Sat Sun
Poplar Baths  6.30 - 9.30am  9.30 -11am  6 - 10am  9.30 - 11am  6.30 - 9.30am  12 - 1.30pm  4.30 - 6pm
Mile End Park

 6.30 - 9.15am

10.15am - 12.15pm

6 - 10pm

 6.30 - 9.15am

12.15 - 3.30pm

 6.30 - 9.15am

 6.30 - 9.15am

6 - 10pm

 6.30 - 9.15am

12.15pm - 1.30pm

6 - 10pm
 11am - 3pm  9am - 3pm

 7am - 9pm

 7am - 10pm  7am - 10pm  7am - 10pm  7am - 10pm  8am - 6pm  8am - 6pm


Female only community classes

Fencing & Creative workshops

Mondays, 6 - 8pm, Brady Arts Centre.

Weekly creative workshops and fencing coaching for beginners aged 16+.

Gentle exercise  

Thursdays, anytime 10am - 1pm. £2.50. St Peter's Community Centre, Marian Place, E2 9AX.

For information contact


Saturday, 10am - 12pm, Bishop Challoner School, E1

Want to play sport, get fit & healthy, and meet new people? Come to Newark Youth London's session for women and girls. See the flyer for more details.


Wednesdays, 9.30 - 10.30am, Kelson House Playground, E14 3LJ.

Contact or call 020 7987 4362. Session costs £1.


Tuesdays, 10 - 11am, OTLA Hall, Ocean Estate.

Contact Khalida Maleque, 020 7780 3113, Session costs £2.


Thursday, 1.15 - 2.15, Viginia Quay Community Centre, E14

Contact or call 020 8821 5362


Wednesday, 1.15 - 2.30pm, Collingwood Hall, E1 5RB.

Contact for more info. £3 per session.

Wednesday, 6 - 7pm, The Centre, 32 Merchant Street, E3 4LX

Contact, call 07795 064116 or view their Zumba flyer for details.

Friday, 9.45 - 10.45am, Cranbrook Community Centre, E2

Contact or call 020 8821 4494.

Fridays, 10 - 11am, Flower & Dean Community Centre, E1

Contact, or call 020 8821 4494

Parent & child activity sessions

Mum & Childrens' Netball

Come to Poplar Baths for fun netball games and coaching for Tower Hamlets mothers and their children aged 7–12. Run by the council in partnership with Better UK and England Netball, sessions will be coached by Yvonne Rhoden MBE. There’s no need to book, just turn up!

Parent & Kids' Pilates

This weekly class by Tower Hamlets Mums and Laura Williams gets the girls (and boys) together for pilates to get you looking and feeling fabulous. No experience needed, just a pilates mat or similar to stretch on and we will do the rest. Babies are of course welcome but you are also just as welcome to come on your own for a work out.

Buggy Walking & Pilates

Join us at Whitehorse Adventure Playground every Monday from 12.45pm for the chance to exercise and socialise with your little ones.

International Women’s Week

In celebration of International Women & Girls Week, Tower Hamlets Sports Development, Better and other community groups run a week of free sport and leisure activities, including beauty taster sessions, across Tower Hamlets.

Thanks to everyone who came to 2019's programme in March. Next year's programme will be posted in early 2020.

For the girls, by the girls

This programme provides opportunities for women and girls across the borough's leisure centres, delivered by Better and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Sessions are fun, affordable and available to all. There are lots of different activities to try, suitable for all abilities and all in a female-only environment.

See what sessions are available by locating your nearest leisure centre, and then clicking on the ‘For the Girls’ tab, or contact for more information.

Women & Girls' Football

There are opportunities in the borough to play in women and girl's teams, from beginner to senior competition. Visit the football section for more information.

Case study

Read all about our pilates class run in conjunction with the Somali Women's Group in Bethnal Green.

For more information contact