Camden Leisure Centres - reopening information

Camden Leisure Centres - reopening information

Camden’s leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools have now reopened to both members and non-members following Government guidance

We have been, and continue to, work closely with our leisure partner and operator Better Leisure to make sure facilities are Covid-19 secure. Services and activities are being reintroduced in phases to manage capacity and maximise safety, starting with gym, swim and group exercise. 

Keeping Safe in Camden Leisure Centres

To keep residents and staff safe, Better Leisure has introduced a number of safety procedures which can be viewed in this short video.
Leisure centre users must pre-book gym, swim or fitness classes and pay online remotely or at the centres by card only. Each activity is booked in a timeslot, the majority of these will be for an hour, however some group exercise classes will be shorter. Users may attend one activity type per day effectively allowing customers to attend 3 sessions, provided they pre-book and leave the centre. 

Physical changes to the environment in our leisure facilities to enable social distancing will include:

  • Reducing the amount of gym stations and relocating some equipment to other rooms (eg squash courts) to allow a 2 metre gap between users 
  • Reallocating sports halls as studio space, increasing capacity for group exercise
  • Only changing rooms in swimming pools will reopen initially
  • Doubling the width swimming lanes
  • 3 metre individual bays will be created within exercise studios to ensure a minimum of 2 metres between users during classes
  • Separate entrance and exits

For the latest information, take a look at Better Leisure’s frequently asked questions on reopening leisure services or visit the Coronavirus section of their website. 

Finding your activities

Important Notice:
Due to the COVID-19 virus and under government guidance Camden have made a decision to close certain services including outdoor gym and Leisure Centres. For the safety of all concerned, some of of the services/informat

Getting active as you are older is a great thing to do. There is plenty of choice of activity in Camden. Ranging from a walk to a workout at a wide range of venues, from community centres to gyms.

Stay Active Whilst at Home

  • Sports England have provided information on some good ways you can stay active and fit whilst at home.

  • Ensure you are moving a lot more whilst at home by exercising daily for just 10 minutes. 10 Today provides short 10 minute exercise videos you can follow, listen and watch in the comfort of your home.

Finding Activities in Camden

  • Find all the fun and favourite activities for older adults near you using our Camden Sports and Physical activity map.

  • Find inspiring stories about how your Camden residents like you, are moving more. Locate all the activities and places to be active close to you with We Can Move.

  • Recommend me provides information about a wide range of recreational activities, including physical activity and educational workshops in Camden for older adults.

Fun Ways to Stay Active Together 

  • Camden has 9 Outdoor Gyms for you as well as your friends and family. A fun and different way to enjoy exercising for FREE, whilst getting the fresh air you need.

  • Camden Health Walks are FREE to attend and available all through the week. Get involved staying healthy by walking around Camden, meeting new friends and exploring your local area. 

Assisted Sessions in Camden

  • Several Camden leisure centres provide specialist classes for older adults, often with a strong social element. In the south of the Borough the YMCA has great over 60s club.

  • Working in partnership with Camden Council, Better provide leisure opportunities for Camden residents including the Better Camden 55+ Club Activity Programme

  • Level 4 Postural Stability Instructors delivering activities at local community centres

  • Kentish Town Sports Centre is an accessible and dementia friendly centre. Attendance to the Dementia Club and Programme is FREE, with each session aiming to provide professional advice, gentle exercise to music and fun activities in a social atmosphere served with tea, coffee and cakes.

Tips and Ways to Stay Active

  • Find inspiring stories about how your Camden residents like you, are moving more. Locate all the activities and places to be active close to you with We Can Move.

  • How to stay happy, healthy and aiming to be the best person you can be? One You provides helpful information on how you can get into good daily practices to improve your lifestyle.

Visit Live Sport Events

  • Be inspired by watching top-class sport and seeing elite international athletes performing around London with SportonSpec. An opportunity to book and visit the sporting events that are taking place in and around the city. 

Choosing the right level of physical activity

Getting active can make a massive difference to your health and well-being,  if you want to find sessions that work at the right level for you, the attached pyramid diagram and the table below explains the types of activity and the qualifications of instructors who might lead them.

Whilst any physical activity is good, if you have a health condition or  want to get your strength back after a fall, it is good idea to  find one that is delivered by someone who is qualified to work with your age group or health condition.

Older Adults Physical Activity Guide

View the Older Adults Physical Activity Guide (PDF)

Level 3 and 4 refer to Exercise Instructor qualifications

       For All          For everyone any physical activity is great, whether carried out independently  or instructor-led. It doesn't matter if this is dance, going to the gym, a walk in the park, swimming, joining a walking group using an outdoor gym.
       Level 3                                                              For people with long term conditions, older adults those referred to exercise by GP. Qualified instructor provide a range of activities mainly carried out in leisure and community centres. 
Level 4 For people progressing from clinical or physio-led structured exercise programmes to community provision. These are mainly carried out in leisure and community centres. 
Clinical Level  Services provided in a hospital /  clinical settings or through the community rehabilitation services (CNWL). 

Free swimming

Did you know free swimming is available for Camden residents aged 60+, weekdays 7am-12pm at our Better Camden leisure centres?  To access this offer, all you need is to be a Camden resident and have a Pay and Play card which costs £5.50 per year. 

If you are interested in swimming but feel you have limited mobility so you aren’t able to access the pool, at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre and Kentish Town Sports Centre we have a PoolPod. This is the latest innovation to access the pool in a safe, secure and friendly way.

Camden Health Walk

We are in the process of restarting some of the health walk groups.

Please note that the walks will be running differently in order to comply with government guidelines during the pandemic. Walks will need to be capped to 5 walkers with 1 leader, and will need to be booked in advance. Please see walker guidance


Walks currently running


Hampstead Heath Challenging Group

Mondays from 27th July, meet at 9.50am from South End Green. 

Book at or call 0207 974 4413 (Mondays - Thursdays 9am-4pm)

Hampstead Heath Leisurely Group

Mondays from 27th July, meet at 9.50 at Parliment hill cafe.

Book at  or call 0207 974 4413 

(Mondays - Thursdays 9am-4pm)

Bangladeshi Older Women's Walk (overseen by Third Age Project)

Thursdays 10.15am from Third Age Project, Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH

 Book by calling Third Age Project on 020 7383 4922


Camden Carers Walk

For details and booking please call Camden Carers on 020 7428 8950. 

For ways to keep active at home please visit 


All walks besides those listed above are currently suspended. 


Please arrive 10 minutes before the listed start time to join any of our walks.


Walk Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?

Hampstead Heath- more challenging walk

10am - 12pm

Hampstead Heath Overground Station, South End Road, NW3 2QD

Bus 46, 168, C11 Book at or call 0207 974 4413 (Mondays - Thursdays 9am-4pm)

Hampstead Heath 

- leisurely walk

10am - 11am Parliament Hill Cafe

Accessible by bus - 214, C11 or C2 to William Ellis School, or by train - Gospel Oak Overground Station

Book at  or call 0207 974 4413 



Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?

Likewise Walk - Anyone is welcome at the walk starting at the mental health and wellbeing centre - Currently suspended

2pm - 3pm (for this walk please arrive at 1:45pm)

Likewise, 8 Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 3SG

South Hampstead Overground station, Swiss Cottage Underground station.

Buses 268, 46, 31, 189

No, just drop in




Meeting Point


Booking needed?

Regent's Park Walk- These walks are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month Currently suspended

9:45am - 11:15am

West Euston Partnership - One Stop Shop, 29-31 Hampstead Road, NW1 3JA

Warren Street or Euston Station. Buses 24, 27, 29, 134.

No, just drop in


Walk Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?
Regent's Park Women's Walk - Currently suspended 10:30am - 11:30am Green Light Pharmacy, 64 - 62 Hampstead Road, NW1 2NU Warren Street or Euston Station. Buses 24, 27, 29, 134 No just drop in
Regents Park Bangladeshi Older Women’s Walk  10.15 am – 12.00 noon At Third Age Project, Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH Buses 24,27, 29,134 (from Hampstead Road) 88 (from Albany St)
 Book by calling Third Age Project on 020 7383 4922
Camden Carers Walk - Restarting 27th August 10:30am - 12:30pm     Call ahead to book your place - 020 7428 8953


Walk Time Meeting Point Transport Booking needed?

Queens Crescent Walk- This walk is for adults with learning disabilities - Currently suspended

12pm - 12:30pm Queens Crescent Community Association, 45 Ashdown Crescent, NW5 4QE Bus 24, 46, 393, Gospel Oak/Chalk Farm No, just drop in

For further information


Camden Walking Football

What is walking football?

Walking football is becoming more increasingly popular. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a standard game of football where players walk instead of run.

It's designed to help people get fit or maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter what your age or fitness levels are.

It's also a good way to get people back into football if they have previously stopped before due to age or injury.

Older People who have played have seen benefits such as:

  • Healthier heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Gained strength 
  • Improved mobility 
  • More sociable and have made new friends

How Can I Play?

Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre

Address 69-75 Stanhope St, Kings Cross, London, NW1 3LD
Day Every Tuesday
Time 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost FREE - Available to all

Tuesday Session:There is a sports coach to assist with elements of good advice and coaching tips if needed (recommended for those trying Walking Football for the first time).

Swiss Cottage Pitch

Address Swiss Cottage Sports Centre, Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF
Day Every Sunday


11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost FREE - Available to all

Sunday Session: Consists of no sports coach and is more faster paced.

For more information please contact 

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