By Daniel Hunter

The UK's largest gym operator Pure Gym has bought rival chain LA Fitness.

Pure Gym will add LA Fitness' 43 branches to its 91 clubs. The majority of LA Fitness' clubs are based in London and the South East.

LA Fitness was taken over by its creditors last year, who then put the business up for sale.

Pure Gym last year attempted to merge with The Gym Group, but the deal was blocked by competition regulators.