Knock out: Bergman Interiors packs a punch at boutique boxing gym BXR London
In a city teeming with glossy boutique gyms, London’s fitness fanatics are spoiled for choice. Enter BXR London, a state-of-the-art boxing gym recently opened in the heart of Marylebone on Chiltern Street and the latest venue to get our pulses racing.
Housed in a 12,000 sq ft space with generous 6m-high ceilings, this isn’t your average boxing gym. ‘BXR is a real showcase in the boxing world,’ says Bergman Interiors co-founder Marie Soliman, who oversaw the gym’s design with partner Albin Berglund. ‘We are reflecting the history, the glamour and the craftsmanship of the sport.’
Little surprise then, that the Anthony Joshua-sanctioned hotspot packs a big design punch. ‘We used a rich blend of backlit dark tinted mirror, bronze accents along with warm Cognac-coloured leather,’ says Solimon of the luxurious materials and handmade surfaces by Stuart Fox, which lend the space a refined industrial look.
BXR London boasts its own Joe & The Juice bar
The firm’s desire to create a theatrical, yet unintimidating guest experience became the underlying design concept behind the gym. Adorning the raw concrete walls, murals by London street artist Ben Slow of boxing greats Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali inject soul into the space. Elsewhere, screens and partitions (inspired by Bottega Veneta no less) feature braided leather custom made in Italy by renowned leather maker, Stefano Lago.
There’s plenty on offer to members, from top-of-the-range equipment to an in-house clinic, as well as a pulsing sound system that wouldn’t be amiss in an Ibiza superclub. Joe & The Juice has concocted a special menu for the Ringside Lounge, while the club is also the sole UK distributor of Di Nardo tailored boxing gloves, made to measure for members. We can’t wait to get in the ring.