Rest & revitalise: London's best spa days

By Lauren O’Neill | 23 Aug 2021 | Indulge, Travel

Cleanse pores and soothe muscles with these luxurious spas in the capital

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While many are heading to the Great British countryside this summer, we are taking advantage of London’s best five-star spa hotels. Stay overnight and wake up to an inviting pool, before indulging in any one of these innovative tension-busting treatments and world-class facials.

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A new spa has hit Mayfair and it does not disappoint. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane, this stunning, 10,000sq ft wellness space is home to the longest pool on Park Lane – measuring a cool 20m – as well as a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool, gym and personal training room. Designed by Jouin Manku, its standout feature is the strikingly serene Roman-style, floral mosaic wall that adorns the length of the pool.

Adjoining is the relaxation lounge, with open fireplace, where guests can unwind and enjoy healthy snacks courtesy of executive chef, Jamie Shears. Guests of the hotel will have full complimentary access to the facilities as part of their stay experience. The Spa at 45 Park Lane is available exclusively for the use of hotel guests and residents of neighbouring Mayfair Park Residences.

Rooms at 45 Park Lane starting from £855.


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Bringing a taste of The Cotswolds to central London, The Berkeley’s Bamford Wellness Spa offers city dwellers a rustic countryside retreat. Set on the hotel’s seventh floor, its serene, natural decor is a breath of fresh air and, while its outdoor rooftop pool might currently be undergoing refurbishment, there is still plenty on offer for relaxation at the Knightsbridge spa. Using only British skincare brands, treatments by Bamford and Oskia London harness the healing power of nature.

For a blissful night’s sleep, guests can book in for the Bamford B Silent Massage Treatment before drifting back to their suites. This full body treatment starts with a footbath and shiatsu, while a combination of the B Silent nighttime concentrate, B Silent body oil and neck and chest massage maximise serotonin levels to induce sleep.

Bamford B Silent Massage Treatment, 90 mins, £190

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In the heart of busy Piccadilly Circus, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Cafe Royal is a haven amid the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The calming, minimalist space by David Chipperfield Architects is clean and modern, yet grounded by ample use of Carrara marble. As well as offering relaxing massages and skilled facial treatments, Akasha allows you to take your wellness journey a step further, offering additional wellbeing therapies such as Reiki and meditation.

Also available is Watsu – a form of hydrotherapy that combines stretching, joint mobilisation, massage and traditional Japanese shiatsu – and it houses London’s first dedicated Watsu pool. Other hydro-treatments at the spa include a Vichy shower treatment room and private hammam dedicated to purifying scrubs and massages. To complete your hydro journey, take a dip in the 18m pool and jacuzzi, and leave feeling refreshed and re-energised.

The Four Elements Signature Treatment, 120 mins, £240

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Undoubtedly one of the chicest spas in London, the 2,000 sqm award-winning Bulgari Spa is the crowning glory of Knighstbridge’s Bulgari Hotel. The tranquil, expansive space, created by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, is set over two floors and features a 25m swimming pool, surrounded by loungers and cabanas, vitality pool, 11 treatment rooms, a double spa suite complete with private steam room, and a 150 sqm fitness area.

Advanced beauty, grooming and wellness treatments come courtesy of the likes 111SKIN, iS Clinical and British CBD brand, Kloris. The Kloris Stress Melting Ritual, exclusive to Bulgari Spa London, is the perfect tonic - 90 minutes of pure bliss, it begins with the application of 100% organic CBD balm and warm aromatherapy oils, followed by a relaxing hot stone massage. For those who would like to make use of the facilities more regularly, there are a limited number of private memberships available.

Kloris Stress Busting Ritual, 90 mins, £270

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Described as the ‘next generation of spa’, Espa Life at Corinthia London takes wellness to the next level. With ample space and facilities, you could easily spend an entire day here. Set over four floors, the spa has 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite and a 24 hour gym, as well as a dedicated thermal floor with indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble-heated loungers and private sleep pods.

There is a hair salon on site courtesy of Daniel Galvin, and the extensive offerings also include facials by Dr. Barbara Sturm, osteopathy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and intravenous nutrient therapy. To calm the body and mind, try the Vital Energy Restore wellness therapy, which includes a full body massage, breathwork, singing bowl-tingsha and scalp massage.

Vital Energy Restore, 90 mins, £250