Leisure centres and facilities

Children, swimmingThere are seven leisure centres in Tower Hamlets, all of which are managed by Better, offering a wide range of facilities and activities.

Online booking is available for exercise classes and court hire where available. Use of leisure centre facilities will usually require a Better membership.

More info about each centre is available by clicking on the centre's name below, and disability access by clicking on the relevant 'DisabledGo' logo. 

If you would also like to find out about what sports clubs and other opportunities there are to be active near you then please check out our Find A Sport section.

Reopening our leisure centres - updated 12 April 2021

FAQs

Answer:

In line with the government roadmap for easing the lockdown,  indoor leisure centres can open from 12 April. Some indoor activities are due to  resume from 17 May. The following centres will re-open with restricted facilities on Monday 12 April: 

  • John Orwell Sports Centre
  • Mile End Park Leisure Centre
  • Poplar Baths Leisure Centre
  • Whitechapel Sports Centre
  • York Hall Leisure Centre

St. George’s & Tiller Leisure Centre’s will remain closed until further notice.

Answer:

All Better members are being given borough-wide access to all Better-operated facilities for the foreseeable future.

Members of centres that are not currently open can use alternative facilities.

Answer:

Members who don’t feel confident returning to the centres initially or who might have health conditions that put them at higher risk of infection from Covid-19 can continue to freeze your membership fees.

Answer:

Safety is our priority. Equipment within gym areas has been reduced to ensure that two metres social distancing between users is maintained. 

Staff have adopted a new, enhanced cleaning regime, while customers will be asked to wipe down the equipment that they have used.

Hand sanitiser is available throughout leisure centre buildings.

Health suites are closed until further notice due to the increased risk of COVID-19 associated with these areas.

Swimming pools are restricted to lane swimming only and visitors must attend the leisure centre wearing their swimming suits/trunks and ready to swim.

Answer:
Leisure centres that are open have reduced capacity due to social distancing measures in place. Anyone who wishes to use gyms, studio space and pools at the centres, must pre-book a time slot on the Better app or website.
Answer:

In line with  government guidance,  indoor leisure centres can open from 12 April.  Some indoor activities are due to resume from 17 May. The following centres will re-open with restricted facilities on 12 April:

  • John Orwell Sports Centre
  • Mile End Park Leisure Centre
  • Poplar Baths Leisure Centre
  • Whitechapel Sports Centre
  • York Hall Leisure Centre

St. George’s & Tiller Leisure Centre’s will remain closed until further notice.

Saunas and steam rooms will remain closed in line with government guidance

The following facilities will re-open at each centre.  

John Orwell Sports Centre

  • Sports hall
  • Gym

Mile End Park Leisure Centre

  • Swimming pool
  • Sports hall
  • Gym
  • Women only gym

Poplar Baths Leisure Centre

  • Sports hall
  • Gym
  • Women only gym
  • Swimming pool

Whitechapel Sports Centre

  • Sports hall
  • Gym
  • Women only gym
  • Floodlit outdoor pitch

York Hall Leisure Centre

  • The gym
  • Therapy rooms
  • Closures: The swimming pool will remain closed while repairs to the pool tank are undertaken.

Virtual studio activities, which includes spinning and exercise classes over a screen without an in person instructor.

Answer:
Phase one of the re-opening plans include a revised pricing schedule which will be reviewed in advance of next year’s fees and charges. With social distancing measures in place and a restricted capacity at the centres, the pricing schedule gives us an opportunity to increase income levels, while still offering concessions for certain users and groups.

For questions and answers about membership, how to prepare to attend classes and booking activity sessions, visit the Better FAQ page.

 

Find a sport

John Orwell Sports Centre

Tench Street, Wapping, E1W 2Q

Tel: 020 7488 9421

 

Mile End Park Leisure Centre & Stadium

190 Burdett Road, Mile End, E3 4HL

Tel: 020 8709 4420

Mile End Park Leisure Centre

Poplar Baths

170 East India Dock Road, Poplar, E14 0ED

Tel: 020 3795 0599

Poplar Baths

St George's Leisure Centre

221 The Highway, Wapping, E1W 3BP

Tel: 020 7709 9714

Tiller Leisure Centre

Tiller Leisure Centre

Tiller Road, Isle of Dogs, E14 8PX

Tel: 020 7987 5211

Tiller Leisure Centre

Whitechapel Sports Centre

Durward Street, Whitechapel, E1 5BA

Tel: 020 7247 7538

 

York Hall Leisure Centre

Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

Tel: 020 8980 2243

 


Facility map

See below for a map of the sport and leisure facilities in Tower Hamlets, with links for more info from Google. To filter by category, click on the menu icon in the top left.

Key

  • Blue: council run facility
  • Green: free open access facility
  • Orange: commercial / private facility

New activities in and around leisure centres

I Am Tower Hamlets is a partnership between the council and Better that provides activities for the whole community in and around the borough's leisure centres. You can try a new sport, take your first Brazilian dance class, learn how to swim, and much more, all without the need for a leisure centre membership.

For more information you can visit the I am Tower Hamlets website.

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A Better membership for disabled people

The Better Inclusive membership is now available at GLL leisure centres giving disabled people access to gyms, pools and group exercise classes at Better leisure centres across London and southern England.

Join now with a special introductory offer of only £19.95 per month.

Many of the Better leisure centres are part of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative, being fully accessible, DDA compliant and catering for the needs of all abilities.