London is one of the busiest cities for personal trainers in London. In fact, many people are working a lot, feeling stressed, and have no motivation to work out. That’s why many personal trainers are present in London, and they can help them in many areas in life: like building better physics, but as we also know practicing sport will also help them mentally

Some of our clients have noticed great changes in their body, mind, and life after having done some sessions. 

As London is a huge town, there are many areas and for some personal trainers that want to work and have a good life, it can be hard to know which area is best for them to work and live in. 

After having worked with my team and Pret-a-Train for the past 5 years in London, I want to share with you which areas are best for PTs in London. I will select these places which have high demands of PTs but also on the comfort of life. Cause for me a PT can do great work if he has work and clients but also if he feels good in his life. 


The best areas for Personal Trainers in London:

South West London

West London

South London

South East London 

North London 

Being a personal trainer in South West London 

The South West of London is a great place to live in London for a personal trainer. If you are a PT who has a family, the South West can be good for you firstly. As the lifestyle is pretty good and relaxing, you have many places for walking like Wimbledon common, Bishops park, or Richmond. These places/parks are good to spend time doing sports and walk with your family but that’s not all.

In addition to this, South West London has a great client base, as again many people have family, do work a lot, and need a personal trainer to do sport at home or in the beautiful parks that this area provides. South West London is huge, so where can you settle you might ask? 

Putney – Parsons green

Do you want to be closer to the city? Putney and Parsons green can be your favorite spots then. With Bishops park, south park, and Wandsworth common you can find great places to work out. You can understand also why there is a huge demand for Personal trainers in these areas.

If you ride a bike you can meet your clients one after another by practicing sport. Having a bike is great in London for a PT. 

Being a Personal trainer in Putney and Parsons green can be a very good life, where you can find a great work/life balance. Enjoy the parks and some walk around the river. 

Then many PTs are present in London but don’t see it as a competition. Think about what your values and uniqueness are and bring your client your good energy, cause you feel good in your area. 

Chelsea – South Kensington

It might be a bit expensive for a PT to live in the area of Kensington, nonetheless, it’s a great place to have a good client base. It’s also a beautiful place to live if you like to be part of the city. Here you’ll be based in zone 1 of London. So watch the traffic. 

Again there are many PTs around the area of Chelsea and South Kensington but because of the high demand, you might find your place. Think about that if a Personal trainer is already having his clients in the morning, then he can’t take any more clients. And you can be there for them.

So, arrange yourself to be able to train several clients one after the other. If you are a good Personal trainer, some people can make the effort to arrange a bit of the schedule for you. Then in these areas, you have plenty of good gyms to work in as the famous Virgin active

Wimbledon – Richmond 

Wimbledon and Richmond are not close to each other. However, I put them in the same category as they can offer the same kind of lifestyle. Both are located in South West, zone 3 of London. They are a bit out of the city and are both chill places to live in. 

Both are at the end of the district line so you can still get to the tubes and join the city of London in 30 mins or so. 

They are both kinds of little towns, so you won’t necessarily need to move out, but again if you like to do sport and train clients outside, Wimbledon and Richmond are great. 


Clapham can be one of the best places for a personal trainer in London. Why?
First because of Clapham common which is the middle of the area. Where a lot of runners and sporty people go. Where a lot of clients want to enjoy and train.

Also because Clapham is trendy and chill at the same time. They have shops, pubs, theaters, good transportation… All you need can be in Clapham.

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Being a personal trainer in West London

Being a personal trainer in West London can be good as some parts are very close to the city, like Holland Park and Notting hill. 

Hammersmith can be your spot if you are young as there are some parks and good spots/pubs around to go out. If you want to work or work out in a gym, you can find the Hammersmith Pure gym. 

Acton can be good also if you want to have a better flat for less high rate rent. West London is well connected with the tube and bus. So let’s see which best areas we recommend you to be a personal trainer in West London. 

Notting Hill – Holland Park 

You know that famous Holland Park. You enter in with peace and chill, surrounded by trees. Family and kids like to go there to enjoy a picnic. You have some runners pass along. And sometimes you might hear some sound of personal trainers enjoying their pads with clients. 

Notting Hill, this area, surrounded by beautiful flats and cafés, is covered with private square gardens that people use with their PT. 

This area is a chill place to live and to have clients. Many people over there already have a PT but as we said previously, your unique standard will make them want to try you. 

Offer them a free consultation. And anyway go there to enjoy the beautiful Holland Park. 

Not to forget to mention, that this area is very close to the city center and transportation is great by bike, bus, and tube with Central line. 


Chiswick can be a great area for Personal trainers as well. Bordered by the Tamise, Chiswick is a family area composed of beautiful houses and quiet streets. 

We recommend you to enjoy a nice walk in the Chiswick house and garden. This park is quiet and you could enjoy working our yourself and your client in this nice and peaceful area. 

Close to Turnham green, if you are an Outdoor or Mobile Personal trainer think about having a bike cause Chiswick can be a big area and as Chelsea more accessible by bus than the tube. This can be why Chiswick can be apart and more chill than other areas of London. 


If you want to be a bit out of the city center and maybe pay less rent, Acton can be your spot. As Acton is getting more and more trendy with big residential areas and parks around. 

Many people chose the option to live in Acton because of these reasons. You can find a good community of workers, students, etc… Acton can be a great melting pot of different people. 

There are some personal trainers over there but the good thing is that Acton is well accessible by transport so you can explore and work in different places easily from there. 

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Being a personal trainer in South London

Want to have a chill life, out of the smoke? You feel like you want to live in the South, and you have some friends living already over there. So as London is huge, the South of London can be a good place for you.

You could have your life and clients just in the south and rarely go up to the North, as the South has nothing to envy to the North.

As you got it, London is very varied and it’s a huge town which is composed of different little towns. Let’s talk about one only here. Croydon.


A bit out of the smoke, you can find Croydon. Croydon is accessible by tube or tram from Wimbledon. 

Croydon is well developing, as there is the Box park to go out and enjoy some drinks. Croydon and Bromley are out of town and they don’t miss something out of London. 

Many personal trainers can live well over there and still can find good potential clients, as Croydon started to have headquarters for working places. 

It can also be a bit cheaper to live there instead of in London. But watch carefully as Croydon can be a huge place as well between South, West, East of Croydon. So explore before finding the place where you want to live and set yourself. 

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Being a personal trainer South East London 

The South East of London can be a good place to live for a PT. Still well connected to the city of London, the South East is trendy and varied. From South Bank to Eltham, you can find some great places to live as a PT. E and C, Brixton, Greenwich, Bermondsey, we won’t talk about all of them but here we select a few for you.

Elephant and Castle 

Elephant and Castle is becoming more and more popular. That’s might be the reason why Gym box opens a big gym over there a few years ago. The area is becoming trendy and can be actually more luxurious than it was 10 years ago. 

Elephant and castle is really well located in South East London. Waterloo and the city center of London are easily accessible. Also, Elephant and Castle can be a great place to go out with the famous Mercato Metropolitano

So this area can be great if you are a young PT, who wants to have a mix between working and enjoying life. You can find a great balance over there. 

The price of rent can be varied as it depends on what you are looking for. But between all the students and workers who are living there, you could find easily potential clients. 


Same as Elephant and Castle, Brixton is getting more and more popular. You can still find some cheaper rent over there. We’ll recommend you this place more for a young personal trainer, as Brixton sounds more designed for young people, with places to go out and underground market. 

If you are not living in Brixton, you can come from time to time to enjoy a nice drink or food in the Brixton village market

As in many parts of London, you can still find some gym to work in and people looking for a mobile PT. The good thing is that you can travel easily from Brixton to the city of London with the Victoria Line, so then you can extend your area of work. 

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Being a personal trainer in North London

So if you are living in London for a while you might have noticed the difference between the South and the North of London. The thing is once you are living in the north you are rarely going to the south, and the opposite is the same. London is too huge for that. 

So once you decide to set somewhere think about it twice. Even if you can move out easily from place to place in the big smoke. 

The North of London can be cheaper than the South. However, there are still some high pricy corners like Angel or West Hampstead. If you feel well there, then the North of London has nothing to envy to the areas in the south. 

West Hampstead

London is so huge, that you could use any place in the town and live a great life as a Personal trainer. 

West Hampstead is a top spot in London, even if it can be hard to live there if you just arrive in London, as this is a great residential area. 

There is Hampstead park, where you can enjoy some chill time over there, and feel totally out of the city. There is even a natural swimming pool in the park. 

Many people are training over there, and like many Londoners, they want to stay fit and healthy. If you want to be a good personal trainer in London, West Hampstead it’s a place that you have to check out. 


The area of Finsbury is a place out of the city and where again if you feel good over there, there is nothing to envy of some different areas. Again that will depend on what kind of place you are looking for. So do more further research after reading this article

Also, in Finsbury, you could train clients in Finsbury Park, which is a great green space where families go, where you can find some runners, bikers and where you can see many other PTs train with their clients. 

If you want to be a personal trainer in London, Finsbury in the north of London can be a place that you might consider for these reasons. 


Between the hackney field and a great spot to go out, Hackney can be a fun and sporty place to live in. That’s why a good work/life balance can be found by Personal trainers over there. 

Because of the Hackney field and the fact that Hackney is also a trendy area, the demand of PTs can be very high.

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In conclusion, London is a big town. 9 million people that’s a lot of people. And yes London has many different areas where you can live well as a Personal Trainer. Then it will depend on your preference. So, define your priorities and your goal first. See what kind of customer you prefer to work with. Believe in yourself, enjoy your life, and share your passion with the Londoners. 

If you have good motivation and the desire to share your passion as we do. Don’t hesitate to check the page of our values, and contact us to possibly work with us.

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Romain Gherardi

My name is Romain Gherardi. I'm a wellness coach, blog author, fitness wellbeing expert. Founder and CEO of Pret-a-Train. My goal is for you to be healthy. Let's live in a healthy world with love and harmony.


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