London may not the first place that springs to mind when you think of relaxation, but there are plenty of beautiful places to kick back and enjoy some much-needed pampering, right in the heart of the busy city. So if you need a break from the constant buzz of the capital, or want to maximise a day off work with some beauty treatments, check out our selection of the best luxury London spas.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental,
No one does luxury quite like the Mandarin Oriental, which houses a modern Eastern-themed spa across two floors. Upon arrival each guest is offered a consultation with a personal therapist, who will help select the right treatments to suit your relaxation needs. As as if that wasn’t luxurious enough, there are also amethyst crystal steam rooms, sanitariums, and vitality pools for you to relish.
66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
The Mandara Spa at Park Plaza
This spa brings a touch of Asia and some colour to central London, with a bamboo forest, Mondrian paintings, and Japanese Shoji screens, turning your spa experience into a complete escape from the bustling city. The Mandara also boasts a 15-metre heated pool, gymnasium, steam and sauna rooms, and was the recipient of the 2013 World Luxury Spa Award. You will find it right on the doorstep of London’s most famous landmarks.
Westminster Bridge, SE1 7UT
Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel
If it’s tranquillity you are after, look no further than the Chuan Spa. Steeped in the values of traditional Chinese medicine, this Langham Hotel retreat is the perfect place to relax after a stressful day. There are herbal steam rooms and saunas on offer, as well as individual and couple treatment rooms. Not only that, it will inspire and satisfy your inner interior designer.
1c Portland Place, Regent Street, W1B 1JA
The Spa in Dolphin Square
Located in riverside Pimlico, this spa is inspired by Moroccan life, with a traditional hamman (steam room to you and me) and rhassoul chamber, where you can immerse yourself in mineral-rich, purifying clay. There is also a salt-infused steam room, courtyard garden and historic tepidarium for visitors to enjoy. Oh and free Wi-Fi, just in case.
Chichester Street, London, SW1V 3LX
Ironmonger Row Baths Day Spa
Located in the heart of Old Street, this spa is set in one of the capital’s oldest Turkish baths and has every relaxation facility you could possibly think of. Use of the saunas, steam rooms, tepidarium, caldarium, laconium (a dry heat treatment room), Monsoon shower, ice fountain and plunge pool, all come at a reasonable price, making this luxurious London spa day easy on the pocket.
1 Norman Street, EC1V 3AA
K West Hotel & Spa
The K West offers a no-nonsense spa day in Shepherd’s Bush, with a hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, and London’s first Snow Paradise – a faux snow cooling effect – at your disposal. To really switch off from the outside world, guests are requested to turn off their phones and revel in the relaxing treatments.
Richmond Way, W14 0AX
The Spa at Bluebird
If you want to kill two bluebirds with one stone – indulge in a spa treatment and some retail therapy simultaneously – then The Spa at Bluebird is the stylish spa day for you. Located on Chelsea’s famous King’s Road, this tucked-away relaxation retreat is the only spa to offer the treatments of Danish skin expert Ole Henriksen outside of Los Angeles. Just remember not to blow all your spa budget on this season’s must-have accessory on the way in.
350 Kings Road, SW3 5UU
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The Bulgari Spa, The Bulgari Hotel
The ultimate luxury-seeker spa day is here, courtesy of the Bulgari Hotel. The 25-metre pool is tiled with gold leaf mosaics, surrounded by elegant columns, and clad in historic Vicenza stone, bringing a touch of Italian sophistication to West London. Treatments vary from affordable to eye watering, but you’ll find style and substance in the spacious setting.
171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
Cowshed Spa at Shoreditch House
Cowshed Spa sits discreetly just off the reception area of Shoreditch House and is perfect for time-poor Londoners who don’t have all day to unwind. It may not have a pool, sauna or steam room, but this quirky parlour offers everything from full body massages to Cowshed manicures – or as they put it, therapeutic treatments from your “horns to your hooves.”
1 Ebor Street, E1 6AW
The Porchester Spa
For those who prefer a swim and a steam over hour-long massages, The Porchester Spa proves to be the perfect day out. Set in a traditional and authentic venue, complete with striking original features dating back to 1929, there’s a variety of simple and good-value treatments for men and women available. But if that’s not your thing, there are 30 and 25 metre pools for you to get started with.
Porchester Road, W2 5HS