For a massage, facial, full body treatment or a relaxing day all about you, visit one of the best spas in London and you’ll be in good hands!
ESPA Life at The Corinthia
The ESPA at the Corinthia Hotel was voted best Hotel Spa by Condé Nast Traveller in 2012. As soon as you enter this space it is easy to see why, with its dark, opulent interior of black Italian marble and atmospheric mood lighting.
Along with a full list of spa treatments, there is a selection of lifestyle treatments that focus on detox, sleep, weight loss, pregnancy and general vitality. The ESPA Life features a unique amphitheatre sauna, vitality pool, ice fountain and black mosaic steam room.
I also love the sleep pod area of the changing room where you can relax pre or post treatment at one of the best spas in London.
Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
The Bamford Haybarn Spa brings a taste of the countryside to the 7th and 8th floors of The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with a choice of holistic treatments and massages.
The Bamford Body Signature Treatment consists of shiatsu, meridian and Swedish massage, reflexology and yogic breathing, using Bamford Body Collection products made from organic ingredients.
Discover The Berkeley’s rooftop open-air pool on the 8th floor with sun loungers to bask in the warm weather and admire views of the London skyline. New for 2014, the Bamford Haybarn spa is one of the best new spas in London.
The Mandarin Oriental
In the depths of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, a world away from the busy streets of Knightsbridge, The Mandarin Oriental Spa comes equipped with extensive heat and water facilities and expert therapists all packaged in a luxurious haven of well-being.
With separate areas for men and women, each space has a vitality pool, sauna and amethyst crystal steam room.
With eight treatment rooms spread over two floors of Asian inspired design and tranquillity, try the signature Oriental Essence massage, which is designed for tired travellers and stressed-out city folk – you will emerge a few hours later feeling totally rejuvenated.
COMO Shambhala at The Metropolitan London
The spa at The Metropolitan Hotel in London is called the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, and it really does feel like an escape. With a simple white design and light wood furniture, it immediately feels peaceful and relaxing.
The set up here is fairly simple in that there is no common lounging area or pool, but that’s part of its charm, making you feel completely at one with just yourself. There are six treatment rooms, two of which are doubles, and two of which have private steam facilities.
Shambhala translates as ‘sacred place of bliss’ and the spa really is true to its words. Try the signature COMO Shambhala massage or the specialised Dr Perricone or Environ facial treatments.
The Spa at The Dorchester
The Spa at The Dorchester exudes art deco glamour with a contemporary edge that ensures both a decadent and luxurious feel throughout.
Alongside this stunning interior is a lengthy list of specialised treatments, including a manicure-pedicure suite and a sleek relaxation room. Make sure to save some time to visit the Spatisserie for some Champagne and cake.
Chuan Spa at The Langham
On the lower ground floor of The Langham London is the Chuan Spa offering a haven in the heart of the West End. The Chuan Spa offers an individually planned holistic journey with therapies designed to re-balance and revitalize the body and soul.
Its guiding principles lie in traditional Chinese medicine and this is reflected in the selection of treatments on offer.
Agua Spa at Sanderson
The 10,000 square-foot Agua Spa‘s all white décor provides a calming atmosphere for the meditation beds, 14 treatment rooms and chill-out zones.
A labyrinth of ceiling length white curtains form the walls, corridors and pods, within which the procedures are performed. This all culminates in a spa that will ensure a dreamy and almost cloud-like ambiance.
Aman Spa at the Connaught
The Connaught’s Spa is the first Aman Spa outside of an Aman Hotel, bringing an Asian aesthetic and style to Mayfair. With only five treatment rooms, the Aman Spa’s strength is its intimacy and serenity.
All treatments start with a few minutes’ tranquillity over a herbal infusion to help you unwind – treatments are then tailored towards mental and physically well-being with inspiration taken from Chinese, the Americas, Indian and Thai traditions.
K Spa at K West Hotel
The K Spa is a very contemporary space which doesn’t immediately scream luxury, but the quality of the treatments on offer and the range of spaces where you can relax, lounge and retreat is really quite impressive.
Awarded the top rating of 5 Bubbles by the Good Spa Guide, the snow room and sauna are perfect for flitting in between treatments, The Sun Meadow offers specialist light therapy to treat SAD and the Vanity K Nail Bar is a great spot to enjoy a manicure.
I had the pleasure of an aromatherapy massage which had the magic quality of feeling as though it lasted mere minutes when I was actually under the thumbs for an hour and a half. Should you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods clear an appointment and book yourself in. Your inner self won’t regret it.
Hidden in a residential area in Chelsea is a beautiful spa with a dedicated yoga space attached. Behind the heavy doors of the grade 2 listed Edwarian townhouse is the Ushvani Spa, abundant with elegant touches and radiating tranquillity.
Throughout the spa the hibiscus flower features alongside original carvings and sculptures, which have all been commissioned from craftsmen in Malaysia. Facilities include showers laden with nutmeg and ginger scented hot air and a lovely hydrotherapy pool.
AWAY Spa at W London
The W London hotel has Leicester Square right on its doorstep, but 6 floors up lies an oasis of calm in the form of the AWAY Spa: sleek, white, minimalist, it truly is a place to unwind in style.
Chose from an extensive treatment menu including exfoliation, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage, reflexology and tanning.
The soothing music, Aromatherapy Associates oils and calming scents of the Signature Away massage leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. The AWAY Spa is a blissful urban sanctuary.
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Note: We were invited to try some of these spas; others we paid for ourselves. Regardless, this is a guide of the venues we would suggest for the best spas in London, based on honest feedback. You can view our editorial policy here.