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Best Spas in London

 
 
 
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Spa LONDON
The Dorchester Spa
The Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley
K Spa at K West Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane Spa
ESPA Life at Corinthia
Agua Spa London
Ned's Club Spa
Ned's Club Spa
Aman Spa
Bulgari Spa London
Bulgari Spa London
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
The Spa at InterContinental London - The O2
The Lanesborough Club & Spa
So SPA Sofitel St James
 

 

Feeling fraught, frazzled and not at your beautiful best? Take a breather at one of London's best spas. Whether it's holistic healing, indulgent relaxation or top-to-toe beautification you're after, there are thousands of treatments available and they won't all necessarily break the bank. Here are our recommendations that will have you pampered and back to your preened-to-perfection self before you can say microdermabrasion resurfacing facial.

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The Dorchester Spa

Decadent art deco features line The Dorchester's exclusive spa.

Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Consistently voted the top hotel spa in the UK (and who are we to disagree with the exacting standards of Conde Nast Traveller readers), The Dorchester Spa really is something special. A 3.2 million expansion of The Dorchester hotel in 2009 saw the spa undergo a makeover by Fox Linton Associates with 1930s touches - like the chrome doorway that gives you your first impression - and a centrepiece chandelier made of 75,000 South Pacific pearls. The Spa features nine tranquil, sound-proof treatment rooms including two double suites, a manicure and pedicure suite and relaxation room, a hairdressing salon and gentlemen's barber as well as a fitness studio. Unusually, and uniquely, for a spa there's also an informal 'Spatisserie' dining room where you can enjoy a light lunch, afternoon tea with (gasp) cakes, biscuits and pastries - a radical departure from the purify-and-purge philosophy of most spas. Treatments cover the full range of face and body treatments with everything from massages to exfoliation as well as facials from internationally-renowned facialists. 

 
 
 

Ned's Club Spa

A subterranean spa with a marble-lined swimming pool, Cowshed treatment rooms and several beauty salons.

The Ned , 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ

Tube: Bank Station , Mansion House Station, Cannon Street Station, St. Paul's Station, Monument Station

 
 

Centred around a 20-metre marble-lined swimming pool, Ned's Club Spa is a lavish subterranean space that invites both The Ned hotel guests and outside visitors to relax, preen and unwind. A sauna, steam room and traditional Moroccan hammam make up the spa facilities along with eight treatment rooms offering a menu of Cowshed massages, facials and beauty treatments while further highlights include a nail salon, a barbershop, a hair salon and an elixir clinic. In true Soho House fashion, the interiors are retro fabulous with wood panelling, velvet chairs and vintage furnishings in the reception and statement wallpaper and Art Deco accents throughout the treatment rooms and salons. Non hotel guests can visit the spa when spending 200 or more on treatments Friday to Monday and 150 Tuesday to Thursday.

 
 
 

Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane Spa

Spa treatments are perfectly complimented by dazzling panoramic views of the city.

Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1J 7DR

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

Few spas come with views like this. Situated on the 10th floor of the Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel, the luxury spa treatments are perfectly complimented by dazzling panoramic views of the city. There's a massage for everyone at the Four Seasons, choose from Swedish, fitness, mineral stone or aromatherapy. Or try a more adventurous body treatment, like the green coffee and chilli resculpting massage or the seaweed and eucalyptus detoxifier. For the ultimate indulgence however, it has got to be the Sky Suite, an exclusive private room with double steam shower, relaxation area and unbeatable views across London's parks and landmarks.

 
 
 

So SPA Sofitel St James

Stunning relaxation space with marble treatment bed and Turkish steam bath.

6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London, SW1Y 4AN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James hotel where a 'spa butler' ensures your every need is catered for. Located in a landmark listed building (a former bank) in St James, one of the most prestigious locations in London, the hotel is a lesson in understated elegance with design features accentuated by a French accent. There's even a large topiary French poodle overlooking the garden. The spa consists of five treatment rooms spread out over three floors with a Turkish steam bath (or hamam) featuring a central heated marble treatment bed, and a relaxation room on the mezzanine level. Cinq Mondes and Carita are the luxury products used in the spa treatments which are presented as gastronomic treat with a menu of starters, mains and desserts. So you can indulge in a 30 minute hamman to start, an anti-ageing Pro-Lift Firming Rejuvenation facial for main course, followed by a martini and manicure for dessert. For special occasions, like Mother's Day, you can book a package where you'll be treated to a 90 minute facial followed by a cocktail at the St James Bar. A fun way to round off your deliciously pampering day at the So SPA.

 
 
 

The Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley

A luxury hotel spa that's home to a magnificent rooftop pool.

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7RL

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station , Knightsbridge Station

 
 

The Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley hotel lays claim to being the only hotel spa in London to feature a rooftop pool, and what a rooftop it is - located above the seventh floor spa, the pool boasts wonderful views across Knightsbridge and Hyde Park. In keeping with the discreet atmosphere of this five star hotel, the spa is a haven of relaxing massages and indulgent beauty treatments where everything is perfectly pitched to make you leave feeling like a (well groomed) prince or princess. The treatments cover everything from full body massages and exfoliation to deep tissue and hot stone treatments while award-winning skincare company Oskia offer a menu of rejuvenating and anti-ageing facials. The advantage of booking in for more than one treatment is that you can make a day of it, take lunch by the rooftop pool, and afterwards stretch out on a sun lounger and make believe you're a million miles from the city. That's what we call a high flying spa experience.

 
 
 
 

Aman Spa

The first Aman spa to open outside of one of the brand's luxury resorts.

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 

The luxury Aman Spa in the basement of the marvellous Mayfair hotel, The Connaught, is the first and only UK spa from the world renowned Aman Resorts and the first of the brand's spas to be built outside of one of its hotels. This is five star pampering at its most indulgent. The Connaught is a grand old building which emerged from a dazzling £70m-plus refurbishment back in 2009 with the grand unveiling of the sparkling new spa forming part of the makeover. The spa in the hotel's West Wing has been kitted out with a sleek Asian inspired interior and Thai silks, and spa users have the pool and exercise room at their disposal too. The overall effect is a feeling of being in a unique cocoon. Treatments are split into three sections - grounding, purifying and nourishing - with options including Tibetan healing massages, Polish body wraps and tension-releasing facials. For the ultimate experience, book the three-hour spa journeys which target everything from clearing the skin to detoxifying the body.

 
 
 

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa

A blend of treatments from around the world are on offer here.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2QP

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

Taking inspiration from its surroundings and the great train journeys that set off from St Pancras station, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa pays homage to a series of global destinations through both its interiors and its treatments. The midnight blue swimming pool is surrounded by eye-catching Moorish-style tiles while the relaxation room nods to Southeast Asia. The exotic treatments include a Time Traveller package, designed for recovery from long-haul travel, and a Ticket to Tranquillity featuring a Balinese facial while spa journeys include To an English Garden and To Indonesia with the former incorporating Rose Quartz into a facial and the latter using papaya in a radiance scrub. The spa is home to traditional saunas, a therapeutic steam room, six luxurious treatment rooms and a couple's suite.

 
 
 

Bulgari Spa London

A 25-metre shimmering green pool sits at the heart of this vast spa.

Bulgari Hotel , 171 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 
 

Split across two levels, the vast 2,000 square metre Bulgari Spa is the crowning glory of the luxury Bulgari Hotel London. Crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone, the spa is a tranquil urban retreat featuring a 25 metre swimming pool lined with shimmering green and gold mosaic and a vitality pool covered entirely by gold leaf tiles. Guests can also relax in the steam room and jacuzzi and book in for a treatment in one of the eleven private rooms. An array of advanced beauty, grooming and health-enhancing treatments are on the menu with the incorporation of Asian and Europeans traditions. Book in for an SOS healing massage, a meso-infusion body hydration or a 24k gold rejuvenating facial - that's just three of the vast array of treatments on offer. For the ultimate spa experience, book the private onyx spa suite which features its own relaxation space, twin steam shower, side-by-side treatment beds and an oversized hydro massage tub with a green onyx backdrop.

 
 
 

K Spa at K West Hotel

The first spa in London to feature a 'Snow Paradise'.

K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London, W14 0AX

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 
 

Book in for some freeze-thaw action at the K Spa at K West Hotel, an oasis of calm in a stylishly modernised former BBC office block in Shepherd's Bush. The basement spa is the first in London to feature a 'Snow Paradise' - the place to come when you want to cool off in minus 15 degrees powder snow. Brr. For the full effect, follow the freezing experience with a stint in the steam room, sanarium or sauna; the hot-cold contrast is said to stimulate the body's circulation and improve the immune system. In the wet area the glass panelled Hydrotherapy Pool, which can comfortably seat eight to ten people, provides the main focus of the room where you can relax under the twinkling star lights in between treatments. Alternatively, there is a dedicated RelaKs Zone where you can rehydrate and chill out (though perhaps not to -15degrees). Further treatments available include the Sun Meadow room - using light therapy to combat S.A.D syndrome - and a dry flotation bed. Whether you're intent on relaxation or in search of some re-energising, the treatments are many and varied.

 
 
 

ESPA Life at Corinthia

A team of world-class professionals and respected health and beauty experts work here.

Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BD

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll certainly feel in safe hands at Corinthia's Hotel spa, where they have selected a team of world-class professionals and respected health and beauty experts. Daniel Galvin takes charge of hair styling, personal trainer and athletic expert Stephen Price looks after the gym and Dr Barbara Sturm is behind the results-driven facials. The 3,300 square metre spa is dark, chic and modern with black Italian marble and cutting edge treatment facilities, including an enclosed glass amphitheatre sauna, an ice fountain, a hammam, relaxation pods, a silver steel swimming pool and a black mosaic steam room. They have a great range of therapies on offer, from the super efficient 'Rush Hour Beauty' treatments, to the more intensive lifestyle programmes which treat everything from sleep disorders, to weight management and fertility and conception problems.

 
 
 
 

Agua Spa London

Agua is a social place similar to the Roman spas.

Sea Containers , 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PD

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Spa within Sea Containers London. Bringing a new concept to the spa, agua is a social place, akin to the Roman spas. Of course, you can always indulge in some 'me' time and choose from individual treatments with beauty experts who are well trained and use niche brands like Bio Sculpture, Soveral, and Dr. Jackson's Natural Products - luxury products used by celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Emma Stone. All brands have been carefully selected to tie in with agua's medicinal and sustainable approach. As well as indulgent massage and cleansing facials there's a nail and grooming lounge, separate ladies' and gents' steam rooms with rain showers, a spa lounge, and fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment, free weights and cardio workout space.

 
 
 

The House of Elemis

More than just a spa, this is 'a couture beauty house'.

2 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EX

Tube: Bond Street Station , Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Following a major redesign, the Elemis flagship spa in Mayfair re-launched as the House of Elemis in 2015. More than just a spa, it's 'a couture beauty house' that brings together science and beauty, offering a wide range of hi-tech treatments that promise results. Guests are invited into a calming space that combines natural tones, textural lighting, artisanal glass and ceramic work, reflecting the brand's ethos of the best that nature and science have to offer. An exclusive piece of artwork by Valeria Nascimento and porcelain flowers scattered throughout the House also add to the beautiful space. Co-founder and creator of Elemis, Noella Gabriel, has worked with a team of experts, including nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, fitness expert Steve Mellor and make-up artist Kelly Cornwell, to create a menu that's full of action-packed yet relaxing treatments. Options include a range of BIOTEC anti-ageing and skin solution treatments, energy boosting and musclease massages, and beautiful bride makeovers. There's also the choice between The Speed Spa, offering a range of fast but results-driven treatments, or the luxurious Penthouse, where the spa concierge will arrange anything from cars to dinner reservations to theatre tickets.

 
 
 

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

An amethyst crystal steam room and zen colour therapy relaxation area are two of the highlights.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, London, SW1X 7LA

Tube: Knightsbridge Station , Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

The vitality plunge pool, amethyst crystal steam room and zen colour therapy relaxation area are all part of the experience at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental. No plain old relaxation area here - the 'aen' part means you get to chill out under lights that change colour so improving your mood - it's the perfect quiet spot to relax between therapies while sipping on perfectly chilled mint flavoured water or calming herbal tea. Home to a 17-metre twin lane swimming pool, a samarium, fully equipped fitness centre a bespoke Pilates studio and 13 single treatments rooms, the vast spa offers a full menu of treatments, including a number of signature massages, facials and journeys. There's an Eastern influence with treatments focusing on holistic principles where your whole lifestyle - not just your skincare routine - is taken into account. The Mandarin Oriental has a worldwide reputation for five-star elegance and this is the only place in the UK where you can sample how that translates into a spa. Utter Bliss.

 
 
 

The Lanesborough Club & Spa

A subterranean sanctuary in the heart of central London.

2 Lanesborough Place, London, SW1X 7TA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 

A subterranean sanctuary in the heart of central London, The Lanesborough Club & Spa offers a moment of calm away from the city's hectic hustle and bustle. After navigating your way through several corridors and around many corners, you'll find a hidden world of bliss that brings together marble floors, silk touches and brass accents. The luxury begins from the offset with spacious changing rooms featuring a Spa Butler while other amenities include a hydro-therapy pool with loungers, separate male and female sauna and steam rooms, a spa treatment lounge, and five treatment rooms including one double room. Much-loved brands such as ila, Tata Harper and La Prairie are used in the treatments while bespoke sessions with resident practitioners are also available.

 
 
 

Spa LONDON

Bethnal Green's thermal spa is thoroughly relaxing and thoroughly affordable.

York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9PJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station

 
 

Bethnal Green's former Turkish baths have been refurbished and turned into a spa complete with aroma steam rooms and a plunge pool. Spa LONDON is run by Greenwich Leisure Limited and Tower Hamlets Council making it one of the few affordable day spas in the city. Affordable doesn't mean it can't compete with the kind of havens posh people pay a fortune for. This place is plush: think fluffy white towelling robes, herbal infusions, hot stone massages and pampering pedicures. Treatments range from full body wraps and aromatherapy massage to the more new age Sea and Senses hot stone treatments which aims to leave you feeling entirely stress-free.

 
 
 
 

Aveda Institute

Beauty treatments that won't damage your carbon footprint

174-177 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London, WC1V 7AA

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Tottenham Court Road Station, Holborn Station

 
 

Environmentally conscious hair and make-up brand with 'lifestyle' stores like this one in High Holborn - where there's even a herb garden on the roof terrace. Get your cut and colour done as well as shopping for ultra-chic, ultra-hip cosmetics with colours to die for. A must-have for the cosmetics connoisseur concerned about the environment and precisely what percentage of recycled plastic their bottles of lotions come in. Ingredients are largely aromatherapy and products smell divine as a result. For a treat you can book a massage in the vaulted basement, very grounding - both spiritually and literally. Or try a session with a make-up artist; approximately 35 for a application and consultation (the cost is redeemable against products). Friendly and helpful staff.

 
 
 

The Spa at InterContinental London - The O2

A tranquil oasis hidden within the large Greenwich hotel.

InterContinental - The O2, 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0TW

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

Hidden within the centre of the InterContinental London - The O2 is a large luxury spa that offers a tranquil escape. In keeping with the hotel's brand, the spa draws on the historic influences of Royal Greenwich and the local East India Trading Company, bringing together sumptuous rugs and delicate die-cut pendant lighting inspired by the local trading of porcelain and silks that dates back as far as the 18th century. The spa houses eight treatment rooms, where guests can enjoy a number of ESPA beauty and relaxation therapies, and a 17metre indoor swimming pool, with sunbeds dotted around the edge for ultimate relaxation. Additionally, guests will be able to utilise a sauna, steam room and a gym that has TechnoGym equipment.

 
 
 
 
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