There’s nothing quite like a really good massage. One whole hour (or 90 minutes if you’re feeling flush) dedicated to nothing but easing your aches and pains and leaving you feeling your absolute best. But all massages are not created equal. Perhaps your gym-worn muscles are in need of something a little more intense. Or maybe it’s a stressed mind that really needs the relief of an aromatherapy-based treatment.
Whatever R&R you’re in need of, London’s bevy of spas and beauty salons are ready and waiting to provide. From soothing treatments in serene subterranean spaces to post-workout wind-downs, here are the best massages in London to book now.
OTO CBD massage at Radiance London, Marylebone
If your idea of a perfect massage involves gently drifting off into a zen-induced slumber, well, the OTO CBD massage isn’t for you. Now available at Marylebone’s chic Radiance London clinic, this treatment is more of a multi-sensory experience than a classic massage and includes a soundtrack specially designed to keep you in the moment while the massage itself is at once invigorating and blissfully relaxing.
Delivered using OTO’s CBD-infused oils, the full-body massage combines traditional therapist strokes with a bamboo roller and crystals to deliver unparalleled muscular relief, while also helping to manage stress and induce a state of complete tranquility. The whole experience is topped off with a shot of the brand’s CBD Amplify seltzer to leave you practically floating through the rest of your day.
£120 for 75 minutes, radiancelondon.co.uk
Juana Skin at Lanserhof, Mayfair
Drops, vapes, gummies – there are seemingly endless ways in which to benefit from the calming properties of CBD. Thanks to a new partnership between high-tech Mayfair health club, Lanserhof at the Arts Club, and Middle Eastern CBD brand Juana, now you can experience its magic through the medium of massage. Administered using Juana’s clean Full Spectrum CBD oil, which blends naturally derived CBD with responsibly sourced botanicals, a duo of techniques is used to promote ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.
First, your therapist will use firm strokes to relieve aches and soothe muscle pain induced by sport and exercise. This is followed by a therapeutic massage designed to induce a state of utter tranquility, while nourishing and hydrating the skin. For the full experience, book yourself in for Juana Skin’s signature facial as well and expect to practically float out of the clinic (and don’t forget to pick up some products to continue the bliss at home).
Elemental Herbology at The Cadogan, Chelsea
British aromatherapy brand Elemental Herbology is the latest addition to the roster on offer at The Cadogan hotel’s spa suite – an elegant space available purely for exclusive use, ensuring you can relax in complete privacy. Grounded in the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, each Elemental Herbology treatment is based on the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), with oils and aromas chosen to compliment your personal characteristics and goals.
The signature Five Element Aroma Massage is available in 60- and 90-minute options and combines therapeutic use of essential oils with heated stones, steam towels and a combination of Eastern and Western massage techniques for top-to-toe rejuvenation. Pure bliss.
Chuan Spa at The Langham, Marylebone
Another of the capital’s finest spas guided by the principles of Chinese medicine, The Langham’s Chuan Spa is an oasis of calm on bustling Regent Street. Booking a treatment here will grant you full access to the spa facilities, including an indoor pool, wellness lounge and fitness studio, so we highly recommend making a day of it.
The full massage menu includes hot stone treatments, lymphatic drainage and classic Swedish massage but for the real Chuan experience opt for the Harmony massage. Designed to stimulate meridian harmony (the coming together of the body’s energetic highways), therapeutic acupressure is complemented by relaxing massage strokes to instill a deep sense of calm.
Linnaean, Nine Elms
This Instagram-perfect temple to wellness in buzzing Nine Elms is designed to meet all your pampering needs, with brunch and afternoon tea thrown in too. Start downstairs at the all-vegan restaurant or settle in for a trim or blow dry at the chic hair salon before heading upstairs for treatments including manicures, pedicures, facials and high-tech body procedures.
The ten-strong massage menu ranges from invigorating deep tissue and sports massages to acupuncture, osteopathy and pregnancy treatments. Our pick is the contouring massage, which utilises wood therapy – the vigorous application of wooden rollers, tools and suction cups – to break down fat and fibrous cellulite so it can be naturally eliminated. With added lymphatic drainage and detoxifying benefits, you’ll leave looking and feeling great.
Bamford Wellness Spa, Brompton Cross
A holistic haven of health and wellbeing (with some seriously good shopping on its doorstep), the Bamford Wellness Spa in South Kensington is a one-stop-shop for energising yoga and pilates classes, health workshops, top-notch skincare and a huge roster of facials and body treatments.
For the full works, it’s hard to beat the B Strong Ritual massage. This all-encompassing 90-minute treatment begins with a foot bath before combining shiatsu, cranial pressure points, kneading, wringing and deep friction to create a deep tissue massage guaranteed to reawaken tired muscles and smooth out knots.
Wellbeing at Pan Pacific London, Liverpool Street
The city's newest luxury hotels also offers one of its most extensive wellness offerings, with an entire floor dedicated to a state-of-the-art gym, infinity pool, thermal suites and vast spa. Whether you're looking for somewhere to unwind after a big business meeting or are in need of a full health and wellness overhaul, this is the destination for you.
The treatment menu here is extensive, featuring everything from spa days designed to tackle jet lag and optimise sport performance to relaxing season rituals and oxygen facials. Tap into the Eastern heritage of the hotel with its Thai massage: a stress-relieving treatment that blends stretching and twisting of the body with firm pressure to soothe muscles while also alleviating back and joint pain and helping ease headaches.
Urban Retreat at the White House, Knightsbridge
There’s little in the way of beauty and grooming you can’t indulge in at Urban Retreat. Need a haircut? No problem. Fancy a new tattoo? It’s got you covered. Dipping a toe into the world of Botox and fillers? You’re in safe hands.
Its range of body treatments is equally vast, with reflexology and osteopathy available alongside more classic massages. The MLD (manual lymphatic massage) applies negative pressure via cupping to eliminate toxins, reduce puffiness and improve circulation and muscle tone. We promise you’ll practically float out of the treatment room.
KX Spa, Chelsea
Opened within the luxe KX gym in 2002 and staffed by some of the industry’s leading aesthetics doctors and practitioners, the KX Spa is the choice of many a celebrity and even a discerning royal or two. The approach here is 360, so you’ll find nutritionists, physiotherapists and fertility specialists, as well as more conventional spa offerings.
Alongside a line of classic sports, deep tissues and Swedish massages, as well as signature massages devised by each of its therapists, KX also offers Remodelage by Martine de Richeville. This unique massage treatment targets the metabolism and tackles cellulite, while also increasing stress resistance and tissue oxygenation. There’s nothing else out there quite like it.