IN THE EXETER HALL GYMNASIUM
One of the most familiar features of the Strand is the Corinthian portico of Exeter Hall, on the north side of the street, the headquarters of the Young Men's Christian Association, and much in request for the May meetings. It is clear from our view that the authorities of the Association do not ignore the desirability of that muscular Christianity which was so strongly inculcated by Charles Kingsley. At the back of the building is an excellently fitted-up Gymnasium, where classes are held on three evenings a week, attended by some sixty young men, who are mostly, but not all, members of the "Y.M.C.A.". Among them are not a few really accomplished gymnasts. Formerly the Gymnasium of the Association was situated in Long Acre.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896