The best London spas for total relaxation
Looking to escape the pressures of urban living? Book yourself for a day of pure pampering and relaxation with our pick of the best London spas.
Our pick of the best spas in London
ESPA Life at Corinthia
Indulge your senses with a spa day at the ESPA Life at Corinthia. With state-of-the-art facilities and some of the best treatments the capital has to offer, this spa offers a day of soothing indulgence for mind and body.
The spa – located in the iconic Corinthia London hotel – prides itself on offering a holistic approach to wellbeing. You’ll find a number of spa treatments, along with fitness, beauty and alternative health therapies, with specialists in acupuncture, herbalism and naturopathy.
The facilities are extensive – the spa is spread over four floors and features a vitality pool, ice fountain, marble heated loungers, an amphitheater sauna, and even private sleep pods.
A treatment is well worth splashing out on too. The Harmonising Rose Salt Ritual – which features nourishing aromatherapy oils, natural salt stones and soothing massage techniques – sounds particularly blissful.
AIRE Ancient Baths
Just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, you’ll find AIRE Ancient Baths. This soothing space is a world away from the city centre. Lit by candles, this cavernous, stone-walled, technology-free space offers a real opportunity to switch off.
AIRE prides itself on offering traditional treatments inspired by Ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic wisdom. Rather than using high-tech treatments, AIRE champions the healing power of water to offer a spa experience that soothes body and mind.
With numbers to the spa limited, you can enjoy an exclusive and – above all else – tranquil escape.
Not sure which treatment to go for? We’d plump for the Ancient Bath Experience. Here you can tour the spa at your own pace, experiencing the various thermal baths, relaxing in the steam room or unwinding in the relaxation area by resting on warm marble stones.
The Spa in Dolphin Square
Transport yourself to the magic of North Africa with a visit to The Spa in Dolphin Square. Located just 15 minutes from Victoria Station, this luxury spa offers an experience inspired by Morocco. With many of the interiors sourced from Marrakesh, you’ll feel transported from the hub of London’s streets within minutes.
The spa offers authentic Moroccan cleansing rituals, with traditional hammam, rhassoul and salt-infused steams.
We love the sound of the Moroccan Night treatment, designed for those living in the city. This unique treatment uses a blend of essential oils combined with traditional techniques that utilize soft brushes to help soothe body and mind. It’s designed to promote healthy sleep and offer recovery from the effects of jetlag.
The Retreat at The Londoner
Take time to decompress with a visit to The Retreat at The Londoner. This calm oasis – based at The Londoner Hotel – is just mere metres away from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square.
Inside the spa, you’ll find privately cocooned cabanas surrounding a crystal clear pool, with a nearby sauna and steam room. Calm, muted tones add to the tranquil atmosphere. You can even enjoy a treatment by the pool – add a LED Light Therapy machine to your cabana to help calm the skin and warm your muscles.
If you can draw yourself away from your cabana, head to the gym, indulge in a treatment or enjoy nourishing nutrition at Refuel, a superfood and drinks clinic.
Step into the glamour of the roaring 20s with a visit to Ned’s Club Spa at The Ned hotel. Located just a short walk from Bank underground station, this space offers a variety of relaxing treatments and heavenly facilities.
While you’ll need to be a Club Member or staying in the hotel to access the spa, it makes the perfect addition to a city break in the capital.
Indulge your senses in the traditional Moroccan hammam, take a dip in the pool or opt for a beauty treatment. The Cowshed Signature Facial – complete with a facial cleanse, steam and exfoliation followed by a face, neck and shoulder massage – is a go-to for pepping up tired skin.
St Pancras Spa
Catching the train into London for the day? The St Pancras Spa is an easy pitstop to make on your way. Located just a stone’s throw from King’s Cross, this retreat offers stunning surroundings to relax in.
The jewel in this spa’s crown is arguably its relaxation pool, decorated in Victorian-inspired tiles and surrounded by comfy loungers. Here, you’ll also find a therapeutic steam room and a soothing sauna.
Choose from a menu of treatments at the spa. We particularly love the sound of the Journey to Inner Strength – a treatment that begins with a Frankincense inhalation and foot cleanse, followed by a body and scalp massage, and an express facial.
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Featured image: The Retreat at The Londoner
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