The sign still reads “Evangelical Library” but these days the lycra-clad regulars are evangelists of a different kind.
bePilates's Studio is in an airy, white attic with skylights, high ceilings and exposed beams. Inside the old Evangelical Library on Marylebone's Chiltern Street, it’s quite a romantic setting for a fitness studio – and this atmosphere only adds to that post-pilates feeling of wellbeing. Perhaps most stylish of all are the rows of sleek, wood and leather-crafted apparatus; the space offers a full breadth of equipment, from chairs to trapeze, barrels, reformers, and the age old mat.
It is founded and run by Dawne Likhodedova. After a car accident in 1996, rehabilitative pilates quickly turned into an all encompassing lifestyle. She trained, found a studio on Tottenham Court Road, and expanded to this beautiful Chiltern Street space in 2011.
Adeline stopped by bePilates on her way from lunch for her private session. Athleisure is a champion trend for Spring/Summer 2016, so nowadays, it isn’t hard to look fab even while working up a sweat. LNDR is a key brand for the trend, featuring clothes that deliberately transition from the street to the gym. After working out, Adeline changes into a 3.1 Phillip Lim organza outfit in a hoodie/tracksuit silhouette that would not look out of place at a cocktail party.
The touch of luxury to both fitness fashion and spaces is a much welcomed change we open with open arms (very open arms, thanks to those pilates shoulder-opener stretches).
For more information, visit the bePilates website.