In a hectic city like London, sometimes it’s hard to find a bit of peace. Sometimes it’s hard to be immersed into an oasis of calm and drift off in your own little bubble. Sometimes, you just want to get away, relax and unwind. If you agree, you probably need a day or two to get yourself 100% pampered. It may seem totally impossible to get some quiet time anywhere in the capital, but the good news is that there are plenty of secret getaways hidden around the city for you to escape to. Is it time for a good massage? Here’s our guide to the perfect spas for the perfect pamper.
Ladies, if you are in need to be treated like a princess for a day, have no fear. The list of London’s luxurious locations is endless with a wide choice of contemporary, continental or traditional spas that will simply leave you feeling a million dollars. So if there is this much choice, which is the best one to choose? For a spa with a gorgeous swimming pool, we think that the Berkeley Spa in Wilton Place wins 1st place, boasting the best rooftop pool in London. The small, but very picturesque pool overlooks the lovely view of Hyde Park way up above the manic rush far below. So if people-watching is your thing, this is a great spa for you, not to mention the organic and even slightly quirky treatments, such as the Gold Fine Body Wrap, where your body is covered in (unfortunately un-drinkable) champagne! If a traditional experience is something you’d like to try, step through the doors of the Beaumont Spa where you’ll be transported into a 1920s themed, compact health haven. This ‘rare find’ in London is host to a cosy spa, gym and steam room with affordable treatments such as a special Turkish bath, consisting of lying on a heated marble slab, a thorough body scrub and then being wrapped up like a mummy and having a luxurious head massage. The sleek and idyllic setting is sure to send you into a peaceful and tranquil mood; you will most definitely sleep well that night!
A hot new entry on Regent Street is proving increasingly popular for Londoners in need of some relaxation and is a hit for heavenly massages. Take some well-deserved chill out time at the Chuan Spa, which is tucked away next to the Langham Hotel, and find yourself far away from the busy street. The experience at Chuan is based on traditional Chinese medicine and is designed to be the ultimate post-work recharge. The rituals performed by the skilled staff are sure to leave your body feeling truly nurtured with treatments including scrubs, facials and deep massages to relieve the stress. Sink back into the swimming pool, Jacuzzi or the ‘vitality’ pool and lose yourself into the orange glowing hue in the Himalayan sea salt sauna. One word: bliss!
If you’re looking for a pampering that doesn’t bruise your bank account too much, there are plenty of affordable spas dotted around the city and some even offer speedy treatments for those who need a midday manicure. The House of Elemis has undergone a makeover itself recently and the results are impressive, now including a Speedy Spa that will fix you up fast with beauty treatments and even a 30 minute massage! Prices range from around £20 to £40, what better way to spend your lunch hour? For quality treatments contain all-natural ingredients and come with a pretty price tag, it may be worth a visit to the Aveda Institute on High Holborn. This affordable salon has a simple and unpretentious setting, providing consistently high-standard services and using products that will never be harsh on you. What’s more, prices include manicures and pedicures for £28 and why not treat yourself to a new haircut too?
So if you’re looking to wind down after your working week, perhaps consider whisking yourself away to one of these delightful spas and feel as good as new. Go on, treat yourself!