As much as we love our dear city, the 24-hour buzz of London can really take it out of us. Throw work, fitness, socialising, responsibilities and a whole pandemic into the mix, and you can’t blame us for crying out for a little R&R. Well, trying to find the best spas in London is one thing you need not stress about. We’ve done the hard work for you, seeking out some of the best spas in the city. So, pour yourself a cuppa, put your notifications on mute, and read on. Aaaah, we feel more relaxed already…
Moments from the Thames, you’ll find AIRE Ancient Baths, housed in an 18th-century building that was once the home of Peter Pan writer, J.M. Barrie. AIRE’s London outpost is the first in the UK; the company have sensational spas across the world, all housed in historical buildings. Reminiscent of traditional Greek and Roman baths, the exposed brickwork and tranquil thermal baths are illuminated by soft candlelight and vary in temperature, while Himalayan salt treatments grace the treatment menu. However, most intriguing of all, is the ‘Wine Ritual’. During this treatment, guests are submerged in a historical tub, filled with red wine, followed by a grape seed oil massage, and a spell in a non-wine bath. Find out more here.
2. The Landmark London, Marylebone
The luxury Landmark London hotel sits just a stone’s throw from Marylebone, forming a serene oasis amidst the less serene city. Set in a gloriously grand building, with towering palm trees, sweeping dining rooms, and opulent rooms and suites, the five-star venue is the perfect place to head for a spa break. Whether you choose to stay overnight, or just visit for the day, the sumptuous spa features a chlorine-free indoor pool – FYI, you won’t find many of those in the capital – alongside a state-of-the-art health club, jacuzzi and sanarium (a type of sauna). There is a comprehensive lists of treatments available too, championing a holistic approach and Germaine de Capuccini products. You know we love a candlelit event here at Secret London; the hotel boasts a ‘Mediterranean by Candlelight’ massage, using essential oils and crystals. Find out more about Landmark London’s spa on their website.
3. Cowshed, multiple locations
Time poor? You’re definitely in need of some relaxation, then. Cowshed is one of the spas in London that offer the perfect super soothing, yet super quick, spa sessions, so downtime can still be on your to do list. Originally created as a retreat within a retreat at Babington House in Somerset, Cowshed now has outposts throughout the UK and beyond. Out of the three Cowshed spas in London, two are members only (Shoreditch and Bank), while the other welcomes all (Primrose Hill). You can choose from a range of luxurious body and beauty treatments, including massages, facials, pedicures and more. Massages will take place in dedicated tranquil treatment rooms for guests’ privacy. Find out more on Cowshed’s website.
4. The Spa in Dolphin Square, Pimlico
The healing hammams of Morocco may seem many miles and plane rides away, but actually, you can get a taste of the wellness experience right here in London too. The Spa in Dolphin Square, located in a luxury community in Pimlico, champion tradition in their treatments. Their menu boasts authentic Moroccan cleansing rituals, including the hammam, a salt-infused steam and rhassoul clay (which hails from Morocco’s Atlas Mountains). After a full-body cleanse, there is an extensive list of Moroccan-inspired treatments focused on various parts of the body to choose from – 23 carat gold body ceremony, anyone? – plus a lovely range of pregnancy and couple’s packages if you are in the family or couple way. Check out their website here.
5. Four Seasons Park Lane, Mayfair
For far-reaching Hyde Park views alongside soothing spa treatments, the only way is up – up to the Four Seasons Park Lane‘s rooftop spa, that is. The upmarket hotel welcomes guest to curate their own experience, with bespoke pampering plans available, plus a new range of treatments that target one of three wellness elements: immunity, sleep, or detox. The expensive but luxurious experiences comprise of massages (by floor-to-ceiling windows high above Hyde Park – don’t worry, the bottom half of the window is frosted for your privacy), trips to the spa’s sauna, steam room or vitality pool, and essential oils too. As one would expect from a Park Lane establishment, there is even a ‘black pearl 24-carat gold massage’. Find out more on the Four Seasons Park Lane website.
6. Spa de la Mer, Knightsbridge
If you’re going to take the phrase “shop ’til you drop” literally, Harrods is the best place to do so. Why, you ask? Well, not just because it’s one of London’s most iconic department stores, but because down on the lower ground floor, there is a heavenly spa, ready to refresh you. As the name may have led you to believe, this spa in London focuses on facials that harness the renewing energies of the sea, and use Miracle Broth, an ingredient exclusive to the Spa de la Mer. There is even a facial specifically called the ‘London Detox’, ideal to cleanse away the stresses of the Big Smoke. Find out more on their website.
7. The Langham London
The five-star stalwart, Langham London hotel, prides itself on exuding modern luxury amidst its 1865 building, and this notion extends to the new on-site spa. Not just concerned with soothing the body, treatments at Chuan Body + Soul seek to soothe the mind too. Alongside a state-of-the-art fitness centre and 16-metre indoor pool, you’ll find therapies inspired by the values of traditional Chinese medicine, and look to nurture, balance and restore guests. Find out more on the Langham London’s website here.