The luxury spa scene in London is, without a doubt, one of the best in the world. With a growing need for quietude and respite from the fast-paced city life, luxury spas in London are becoming masters in relaxation. Caviar-infused facials, vitality pools and packages designed to induce mindfulness are presented in opulent five-star settings that even the most discerning guests will be impressed with.
Here are some of the best luxury spas in London which all spa junkies should have in their phonebook.
Beauty and Melody Spa at M by Montcalm
This luxurious London spa may be tucked into one of East London’s busiest streets, but it manages to transport you to a tranquil oasis that eons away from the chaotic city. A steam room, sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi add to the excellent facilities and the Thalgo body and facial rituals (which use marine active ingredients) complement its ocean-inspired theme. Book in for a Lomi-Lomi massage, Egyptian milk foot bath or vitamin-rich algae body wrap – claimed to tackle everything from circulation to psoriasis.
M by Montcalm Shoreditch, 151-157 City Road, EC1V 1JH; +44 (0)20 3837 3010
The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental
The allure of this subterranean spa starts with its Eastern aesthetic, with cross-legged Buddhas and exotic flowers coaxing guests to leave their worries at the door. Book in some me-time ahead of your treatment to experience the sanariums, vitality pools and amethyst crystal steam room. Noteworthy treatments include their Oriental Radiance facial and jet lag massage. A ‘colour therapy’ relaxation room complete with daybeds and earphones for playing your own relaxation music will defy you not to feel utterly zen.
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA; +44 (0)20 7235 2000
The Dorchester Spa
Spas rarely achieve the level of opulence that The Dorchester Spa does. With mirrored surfaces, oversized flower decorations and a spectacular chandelier (comprising 72,000 pacific pearls no less), this spa goes above and beyond to deliver the five-star experience. Treatments here use product ranges such as La Prairie and Aromatherapy Associates (their caviar-based facials are some of their most luxurious). It also has nine treatment rooms, aromatic steam rooms and a relaxation room with day beds you won’t want to leave. The ‘spatisserie’ serves indulgent champagne afternoon teas and for the more health-conscious, Bento boxes and healthy bites.
The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA; +44 (0)20 7629 8888
Espa Life at Corinthia
Espa Life – the luxury spa at The Corinthia Hotel – is among the most exclusive spas in London. With 17 treatment rooms, vitality and swimming pools, sleep pods, a sauna and myriad other features, it’s also one of the largest.
Their approach to wellbeing is bespoke and holistic, with Chinese medicine acupuncturists, osteopaths and herbalists all on board to heal their clients. If stress-busting is your goal, book into their Mindful Spa. Entirely dedicated to mindfulness, it trains spa guests in meditative breathing exercises and uses scalp massage and rose quartz crystals to calm whizzing minds.
Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2BD; +44 (0)20 7321 3050
REN Spa at The Athenaeum
This five-star spa in the heart of Mayfair is an excellent place to go for fans of the cult skincare brand. Its carefully curated spa menu includes treatments such as the REN radiance facial, bespoke hot stone massages and various acupressure treatments based on ancient shiatsu principles. Couples massages and the sought-after Moroccan Rose Ritual will also leave guests feeling suitably renewed. Don’t leave without dipping into one of its cedar wood hot tubs, bringing a sense of the outdoors into this inner-city haven.
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ; +44 (0)20 7499 3464
The Lanesborough Club & Spa
This private health club and luxury spa is a part of the exclusive Lanesborough Hotel and with spa butlers, top brands such as La Prairie and a tailor-made approach, it promises all the delights the discerning traveller may be looking for.
The spa has four treatment rooms, thermal suites and a blissful hydro-pool, where you can also relax and order snacks, making it fully conducive to a day-long pamper session. The Anastasia Achilleos Method – a treatment designed by the eponymous facialist – is said to be world-class.
2 Lanesborough Place, London, SW1X 7TA; +44 (0)20 7333 7064
As you’d expect from the Bulgari brand, this London spa is the epitome of high-class indulgence. Thanks to the creative design of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, it’s also replete in onyx, oak and luxe Italian materials. Eleven treatment rooms, a steam room, ice fountains and a Jacuzzi add to its five-star facilities. However, the highlight is its swimming pool, lined with dazzling mosaic tiles and fringed by poolside cabanas. Treatments include ESPA facials, traditional Chinese medicine by David Peters and anti-aging techniques by facialist Georgia Louise. Don’t miss the candle-lit relaxation room.
Bulgari Spa, 171 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW; +44 (0)20 7151 1055
The Ned Barbour & Parlour
A relatively new addition to the City, this Soho House sibling, The Ned, has had London’s super-elite and A-listers (including Amal Clooney, reportedly) flocking to experience its achingly hip hotel and spa. Treatments are by the chic Cowshed product range and offer everything from deep-tissue massage and Trish McEvoy makeovers to super-quick manis and pedis you can slot into your lunchbreak. While you won’t find a steam room or pool here, it’s certainly one of the most luxurious places for a convenient lunchtime pamper.
27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ; +44 (0)20 3828 2000
Dolphin Square Spa
The unassuming entrance at Dolphin Square Spa makes this Moroccan-inspired sanctuary all the more enchanting when you step inside. With rich-coloured fabrics, elaborate wooden doors and traditional lanterns, this exotic cocoon immediately transports you to a North African Hammam. Must-have treatments include their Moroccan Cleansing Rituals, some of which use a Rhassoul lava clay sourced from the Atlas Mountains or a eucalyptus-based ‘savon noir’. New to the spa is an Egyptian-inspired slimming ritual which uses honey from the world’s ‘oldest collective beehive’. Leave time for the serene relaxation lounges, tepidarium and salt-infused steam room.
Dolphin Square, Chichester Street, London SW1V 3LX; +44 (0)20 7798 8699
agua Bathhouse & Spa, Sea Containers London
Big, bold and stylish, the agua Bathhouse & Spa is a major draw of the riverside Mondrian London hotel. It takes on a Hollywood-meets-Roman-baths vibe and attracts both groups and solo spa junkies. It boasts six treatment rooms, separate male and female steam rooms, rain showers and a range of face and body treatments by brands such as Spieza Organics and Natura Bissé. The spa menu allows for indulgence in the way of organic chocolate fondues, or for more virtuous choices, ask for their guilt-free raw menu.
Treatment highlights include their Turkish mud cure and the hot basalt stone booster, claimed to ‘knock your chakras into shape.’
20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD; +44 (0)20 3747 1000
Como Shambhala Urban Escape, The Metropolitan
The Como Shambhala Urban Escape may not appear as exotic as its overseas retreats, but stepping into this minimalist sanctuary offers instant respite for city-weary souls. They offer six – almost clinical-style – treatment rooms, private steam facilities, Guinot and Dr Hauschka skincare treatments and a wealth of ‘wellness paths’, including one for jet-lagged travellers. If you’re looking to heal yourself both inside and out, ask about the expert treatments offered by their intuitive healer.
Old Park Lane, London W1K 1LB; +44 (0)20 7447 1000
Ushvani spa in Knightsbridge, has picked up various awards for its indulgent treatments and Malaysian-inspired setting. Expect dark woods and golden hues with Malaysian-inspired artwork, with aromas of ginger, nutmeg and pandang leaves drifting in the air. Treatments range from Malay and Balinese massage, to flower bath rituals and men and women’s facials that feature the use of chopsticks to massage the skin. The spa has a plunge pool and steam room and there’s a studio which hosts various yoga and relaxation classes.
1 Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 2RJ; +44 (0)20 7259 8000
The Aman Spa at The Connaught
This luxurious spa underneath the five-star The Connaught will instantly encourage you to drop the shoulders and relax with its ambient music and super-low lighting. Treatments vary from Eastern-inspired reflexology and massages that focus on the body’s meridians, to the jet-lag reviver and jet lag recovery treatments designed to ease traveller’s fatigue. The spa has an essential oil-infused steam room and futuristic ‘ionised’ swimming pool that will help tension and worries float away. Zen-seekers rejoice.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL; +44 (0)20 7499 7070