In need of a little R&R? After the year we’ve all had you’re not alone and, with a week sunning yourself in the Caribbean looking unlikely this summer, a luxurious spa day is the next best thing. Happily, London is home to some of the country’s finest spas.
Often found within the luxurious surrounds of the capital’s best five-star hotels, whether you’re looking for a relaxing Swedish massage or a high-tech facial, London’s top spas are home to some of the world’s most skilled masseuses, nail technicians and aesthetic practitioners. Here’s our guide to the best spa days in London guaranteed to leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and utterly pampered.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
The vast spa and wellness offering at the Mandarin Oriental ranks as one of the capital’s best both in size and quality. Offering a massive 14 treatment rooms, including the couple’s Oriental Suite, there is also a high-tech gym, vitality pool, steam room, sanarium, colour therapy relaxation area and 17-metre twin lane swimming pool.
And, while the spa decor may take its cues from the hotel’s Eastern roots, the treatment menu wanders around the globe, bringing together holistic therapies and practices from a wide variety of wellness traditions. Those looking to make a day of it should book the Indulgent Escape package, which utilises natural products from British skincare brand Oskia to offer a top-to-toe rejuvenation programme. Treatments include a welcome foot ritual, warm oil massage, revitalising facial and Body Glow exfoliation and mask, followed by lunch at the hotel’s Rosebery restaurant.
The Spa at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square
After being mandatorily closed during lockdown, many of London’s top spas have taken reopening as an opportunity to refresh their spa day offering. The elegant spa at the Four Seasons hotel at Ten Trinity Square, just moments from Tower Bridge, is one such opportunist, having recently announced a range of new packages and wellness experiences.
A standard day pass will grant you access to all the spa’s facilities, including a swimming pool, vitality pool and fitness centre (annual memberships are also available), while a new exclusive-use package grants up to six guests private use of the swimming pool, as well as champagne and nibbles served in a special pool-side pod. For the full experience, however, book the Ten Trini-Tea Spa Day, which includes a 60-minute personalised massage, full use of the spa facilities and an indulgent afternoon tea.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa
The award-winning spa at The Lanesborough is undoubtedly one of the most lavish in the city. A subterranean oasis of calm, it houses a vast gym, hydro pool, saunas and steam rooms, as well as its own food and drink offering centered around nutritionally rich dishes that promote inner health.
There are three spa day options at The Lanesborough Club & Spa, ranging from a three-hour session to a full day of treatments. As you would expect of a hotel, a key focus is fighting the fatigue of travel but, for the full experience, the No. 1 Hyde Park spa day is the premier option. Designed for complete pampering, and including a light lunch and use of the spa facilities, the day begins with a Deeper Connection salt crystal scrub and Happy Feet foot massage. Then it’s on to a blissful 120 minute Goldsilk Face Therapy, which utilises the healing properties of gold and frankincense to boost collagen levels and reduce inflammation, intertwined with a sound healing session and Inner Peace massage. Finish with a Balmy Silk manicure for the ultimate day of respite from the fast pace of life.
The Dorchester Spa
Housed in one of London’s most glamorous hotel, The Dorchester Spa promises an experience as opulent as its surroundings. A warren of light, bright spaces and dramatic-yet-intimate areas, facilities include a fitness centre filled with Technogym equipment, nine treatment rooms, a relaxation room, experience showers, steam room, hair salon and wittily named Spatisserie cafe.
Available Monday to Thursday, the signature spa day at The Dorchester is dubbed the Beau-Tea-Ful Spa Experience and, you guessed it, culminates in a classic afternoon tea. Before that, though, you’ll have the opportunity to use the full spa facilities as well as indulge in either a Carol Joy London Classic Facial or an Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience, which blends the principles of aromatherapy with Swedish, soft tissue and lymphatic drainage massage techniques to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.
St Pancras Spa
Housed in the grandly historic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, there are few better places to ease the tensions of a long train journey than the St Pancras spa. Inspired by the area’s Victorian architecture, patterned tiling, exotic fauna and stone floors abound throughout, while the treatment menu draws on traditional rituals from around the world, with the new Ko Bi Do Fountain of Youth facial being a must-try.
Day passes are available from Monday to Thursday, giving access to the spa’s gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation pool, while spa days start from £140 for the Lunch Escape: a 60-minute treatment, use of the facilities and a two-course lunch at The Hansom. We, however, recommend the Suite Spa Day. Unlike most spa days it includes, not only access to the hotel’s spa facilities, but also daytime use of its Chambers Suite. Created to be experienced by two guests, the day also includes an Aromatherapy Associates treatment, products to take home and afternoon tea served in the suite.
Rena Spa at Nyx London Holborn
The recently opened Nyx hotel in Holborn has brought with it a stellar new option in London’s spa scene – and it’s offering no fewer then six spa days to cater to all your rest and relaxation needs. Go all out with the Glow with Rena experience, which includes full day use of the gym, pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room, as well as a glass of Prosecco, Caudalie facial and foot massage. Alternatively, gather your nearest and dearest for a much needed catch up with the Luxurious Group Pampering Day. Available for between five and 15 people, relax over Prosecco and strawberries in the spa before each enjoying a D-Vine facial or Divine massage.
The Peak Fitness Club & Spa at Carlton Town Jumeirah
Having reopened on 1 June after a £100 million renovation, one of the key draws of the new and improved Carlton Tower Jumeriah in Knightsbridge is its incredible The Peak Fitness Club & Spa. Instead of being relegated to the basement, as spas often are, The Peak is spread across three floors of the 17-storey tower, including a ninth floor gym that capitalises on an abundance of natural light and offers gorgeous views across London.
The second floor also plays host to a naturally lit indoor swimming pool – the largest of any London hotel – along with the luxurious Talise spa, where decadent treatments are administered in five newly created treatment rooms.
East London’s buzziest luxury hotel (you can drop in for everything from bottomless brunch to a business meeting), is also home to Shoreditch’s chicest spa. There’s no pool here but each of its three spa days do include use of the steam room and gym, as well as a range of top tier treatments.
The entry-level Spa Escape package offers a welcome refreshment, lunch at the popular Nobu Cafe and your choice of two from a back, neck and shoulder massage, aromatherapy facial, body scrub or scalp massage. If you’re looking for a little more indulgence, the Ultimate Me Time spa day features a glass of champagne, foot cleanse and exfoliation, back massage and revitalising Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon facial, plus products to take home. Finally, couples in need of a little TLC should book the Time For Two experience, which make use of the couple’s treatment room to administer aromatherapy facials and back, neck and shoulder massages for you both, as well as refreshment and champagne with which to toast the ultimate day off.