Best places for a spa day in London

Spa Days in London

 

There are few more decadent ways to spend a day than by being pampered from head to toe at a spa, and London boasts some of the finest in the world. 

If you’re seeking the best spa days in London, look no further. From a couple of elegant Knightsbridge venues and a colourful temple, to Victoriana in St Pancras or a hidden secret spa in Covent Garden, these are the spas you need to know about. 

Don’t book your luxury spa day in London before you’ve read this complete guide to the capital’s very best offerings. 

10 of the best places for a spa day in London

1. Aire Ancient Baths, Covent Garden

Tucked away from the main tourist thoroughfares on Robert Street, the Aire Ancient Baths occupy a building steeped in literary history, being the location where J. M. Barrie created Peter Pan.  

Now the 18th century structure houses a luxurious spa that’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of central Covent Garden. This is a place to restore the natural equilibrium of both the mind and body. There are seven baths of varying temperatures as well as nine treatment rooms, a flotarium and a delightfully scented steam room.  

It’s the perfect escape after wandering around Neal Street or Covent Garden market, or to relax you before taking in a West End show.

2. Hedgerow by Agua at Sea Containers London, South Bank

Housed in a hotel bearing a close resemblance to a 1920s cruise liner, Agua’s Hedgerow spa is in many ways the ultimate urban spa. 

The cutting-edge skincare treatments available here are some of the most forward-thinking in the world. Created by a brand that’s carved a highly successful niche by providing a holistic and results-driven range of therapeutic experiences.  

Treatments include the innovative Bust Blossom, Maternity Massage and Agua Advanced Bodywork. Visitors can also book a table at the on-site restaurant, where washing it all down with champagne is surely de rigeur. 

3. Spa de La Mer, Harrods

 

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Escape the crowds thronging Knightsbridge and picnicking in Hyde Park by slipping away to the Spa de la Mer on the lower ground floor of Harrods. A facial including their signature Miracle Broth™ is guaranteed to revitalise even the weariest of souls.

As the name indicates, Spa de la Mer is all about harnessing the power of the ocean in spa form, and the treatment list includes incredibly indulgent facials complete with massage. From the London Detox or Miracle Broth™ facials to the ultimate cleansing of the Purifying Facial, this place makes a most utopian retreat from the masses. 

You may wish to explore one of the world’s leading department stores while you’re here, of course. 

4. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane 

 

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Affording visitors superb views over the London skyline from its rooms on prestigious Park Lane, the spa at the Four Seasons offers a range of facilities and treatments. 

The complete detox package allows you to keep up the good work from home, and aims to achieve improved sleep and better immunity as well as detoxification.

Notable treatments include deep sleep lavender and 24 carat gold massages. The former harnesses heat therapy via the steam room, sauna and vitality pool, while the latter uses gold-infused oil to relax and hydrate skin. 

5. Lanserhof at the Arts Club, Mayfair

In the heart of upmarket Mayfair is the Arts Club, home to the Lanserhof spa. Open to non-members, this private and exclusive spa takes a holistic and individualised approach to fitness, health and wellbeing. 

Cutting-edge diagnostics and alternative therapies complement one another in perfect harmony here to restore the mind, body and soul. 

6. Ilapothecary, Kensington Church Street

 

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Natural ingredients, an Ayurvedic approach and traditional techniques are used in the Ilapothecary’s spa treatment rooms found at the skincare brand’s flagship Kensington store.

From Happy Hormone Equilibrium to the SOS Immune System Restore, the rituals you can experience here aim to lift your mood while balancing and restoring the mind and body. 

Don’t forget to set aside some time for browsing all the gorgeous beauty products stocked in the store itself. 

7. ESPA Life at Corinthia, Whitehall Place

The interior of ESPA Life at Corinthia is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, lulling you into a sense of calm and wellbeing before your spa journey even begins. 

Occupying four floors, the spa features a breathtaking Thermal Floor complete with private sleep pods and heated marble loungers as well as an ice fountain, amphitheatre sauna and vitality pool. 

Along with the spa and hotel, there is also a Daniel Galvin Hair Salon and Technogym on site. 

8. St Pancras Spa

Apparently inspired by the Victorian era, the colourful and intricate tiling of St Pancras Spa calls to mind a Moroccan style hammam, complete with a central blue pool and twinkling lights. There is also a gym if you fancy working up a sweat.

If you want a distinctive setting for your spa day, then venture away from the West End into this refreshingly different take on the typical London spa. Treatments can even take you around the world, from an archetypal English country garden to exotic Africa.

9. Chuan Body+Soul Spa at The Langham

 

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The venue may be famous for its elegant afternoon tea, but that’s not all The Langham has up its neatly-pressed sleeve. This Regent Street hotel also has a fabulous spa that brings ancient Chinese medicine into the modern day. 

The Chuan spa at The Langham boasts steam rooms and saunas as well as a 16 metre swimming pool, treatment rooms and a workout space fitted with Technogym equipment. A menu of holistic rituals has been designed to balance, relax, pamper and revitalise. 

10. Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge

Recently restored and extended, the spa at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in the smart Knightsbridge area provides a refreshing and restorative contrast to the hustle and bustle of this popular part of London.

This deluxe spa does of course have an eastern feel, and includes the Oriental Suite, an Amethyst Crystal Steam Room and the Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area. The Rasul Water Temple is also renowned for the conditioning properties of the heat, mud and steam it generates. 

 

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