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In addition to Golden Lane residents, the facility is also available for use by people working in the area and centre users are able to join and pay by convenient monthly Direct Debit or choose to pay as they go. For more information visit www.fusion-

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Artists impression of the new gym at the Golden Lane Leisure Centre

Golden Lane Leisure Centre to reopen


Last Year’s Southbank Christmas Market with the London Eye in the background. Photo courtesy

he iconic Golden Lane Leisure Centre reopens in January 2012. After just over a year of renovation work the project involved all the logistical intricacies of working with Grade II Listed buildings.

The new centre features the original 20m four lane pool, sports hall and studio as well as two outdoor courts for tennis, netball, 5-aside football and short tennis for children. A gym now houses 38 stations and there is a treatment room.

Managed on behalf of the City of London Corporation by Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity which manages sport and recreation facilities across the country, its remit is to provide attractive and relevant activities and facilities relevant to the local community.

The centre will be running 30 minute power lunch sessions and classes will be held every 30 minutes in the studio starting at 5pm until 8pm, Monday to Friday. There will also be Aquafit sessions in the pool. The sports hall will be available for badminton, dodgeball, short mat bowls as well as fun sessions for youngsters. Jonathan Acott, Centre Manager said

Beverley Levy, seen here with Stephen Mason who was cloathed at the same ceremony, at The Stationers Hall

“The team at Golden Lane is looking forward to delivering an excellent leisure service for the local community at a price people are able and willing to pay.” Jonathan is hoping that the centre will be one of Fusion’s flagship sites. "We are a very diverse organisation and we aim to cater to everyone ranging from beginners to elite athletes. We will start with around 50 classes a week and we aim to develop this in the coming months. We will offer all the popular group exercise classes and will be adding a few diverse ones too including Zumba and Bokwa to ensure that we attract widest range of users possible”.


or those who may have visited, and enjoyed, Christmas Markets on the Continent, you don’t have to travel quite so far to see what you may, or may not, be missing the Christmas. London has

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past three years the market has had an association with Cologne in Germany, but this year it stands alone. It is located along the South Bank between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye on Queens Walk alongside the river.

There will be a carousel in the centre of the Markey offering youngstrers an enjoyable attraction especially for them while their parents relax, perhaps with a glass of “Glühwein” while listening to traditional Christmas music and watching their little ones enjoying a ride on the merry-go- round.

There will also be other seasonal German-style culinary specialties such as bratwurst, gingerbread hearts, roasted almonds and German candies or crepes and presumably more English food offerings as well.

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its own German-style Christmas market on the South Bank complete with around 60 wooden chalets where you may be able to find some unusual Christmas presents such as amber & silver jewellery, hand crafted toys, fragile glass ornaments for your Christmas tree, hand tatted laces, tin toys, candles in all shapes and sizes, hand-made ceramics or creative metal design amongst, to be honest, some fairly ordinary Christmas-related wares.

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