22 Beautiful Day Spas To Visit In London

By CTH Editors

1 month ago

Escape the hustle and bustle to one of these inner-city havens

Never has a luxury spa day been more appealing. From the best massages and facials to the most innovative new spa treatments to try now, book yourself in for some me-time at one of the best day spas in London. Because we all need a little R&R right now, we’ve rounded up our favourite day spas in the city.

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The Best Day Spas In London 2024

1. Mandarin Oriental, Mayfair

Best For: Advanced wellness tech

Golden indoor pool with loungers to the side | Mandarin Oriental Mayfair's spa

Opening in early 2024 the latest venue to join London’s wellness scene comes from none other than Mandarin Oriental. The group’s newest London outpost is situated in Mayfair – and, naturally with a brand spanking new hotel comes a sleek new spa to match. Like many of the city’s sanctuaries, this spa will be subterranean, submerged beneath the shiny new hotel and cocooning guests away from the street-level bustle. Designed by Tokyo based studio, Curiosity, visitors can expect all the luxurious modcons, including an indoor 25-metre heated swimming pool, sauna, vitality pools, experience showers and steam rooms, along with a state-of-the-art gym.

Treatments To Book: On the treatment menu, bespoke rules the day, as do the highest quality brands specialising in science and sustainability – including Swiss Perfection, Seed to Seed Tuscany and OTO. Expect the most advanced wellness tech to accompany your visit, including new-to-London biohacking treatments designed to synchronise with brain waves and induce a meditative, relaxed state. You can read all about the various treatments and services on the menu here.

Address: 22 Hanover Square, London W1S 1JP

BOOK IT: mandarinoriental.com

2. AIRE Ancient Baths London

Best For: Instagram-worthy experiences

Underground pools at AIRE Ancient Baths

Deep beneath JM Barrie’s former home in Covent Garden (there’s a first edition of Peter Pan in reception) lies Aire Ancient Baths, a fabulous new watery underworld of thermal baths, just like the Romans used to love. Now it’s for lucky modern Londoners to come to with friends, your lover, your mother or just by yourself to find your inner child and loll about in candle-lit watery chambers of varying temperatures (from a freezing 10-degrees Celsius to one of the steamiest steam rooms I’ve ever been to), as well as a Floatarium where you can rub salt (not into a wound, we hope) but onto your body as self-exfoliation before – perhaps – a dunk in a red wine-filled tub.

Treatments To Book: The Wine Bath Experience, we think, will go down particularly well in London – we don’t need telling that red wine is full of antioxidants. There’s also a menu of experiences that form part of your aqueous journey should you so choose – from argan oil massages (and hair masks) to Himalayan salt rituals. A fun new edition for people who want to explore our amazing city once more.

Address: 2-3 Robert Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N 6BH

BOOK IT: beaire.com

3. Four Seasons, Park Lane

Best For: Treatments with a view

Attendant setting up spa beds

Forget the archetypal subterranean lair housing most London spas and head instead for the 10th floor. Four Seasons, Park Lane’s spa is a sky-high sanctuary, packing sweeping views over London’s rooftops and pulling in rays of natural light that immediately lift spirits and visitors high above the pressures of the city. This spa is compact, yet perfect. There is no vast pool but an enormous jacuzzi, hammam and sauna serving up killer views across the city while sweating out toxins. The relaxation area is dark, sultry and smug, entered through a separate door with bed and sound system duos which would enthuse even the well-seasoned first-class flyer. Aside from the plush changing rooms, slick facilities and progressive treatment lists, what sets this spa apart from the London abundance is the light permitted to spill in – and the sense of space and calm this brings.

Treatments To Book: Four Seasons 5* standards are reflected in the treatments available. A freshly curated list of results-driven options was rolled out in July 2019, featuring the Linda Meredith Oxygen Facial, an anti-pollution facial with crystals, and a Deep Sleep Lavender Pouch Massage. Mesmerised by the views? Stay for a Margaret Dabbs pedicure and you’ll get the best seat in the house.

Address: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7DR

BOOK IT: fourseasons.com

Read Our Review: The Deep Sleep Lavender Pouch Massage

4. 45 Park Lane

Best For: Luxury treatments

Blue indoor pool with floral murals on the walls and loungers to the side, The Spa at 45 Park Lane

Unlike many London spas, the newly opened wellness space at Dorchester Collection’s Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, has space on its side. There’s a 20-metre pool, plus a large gym, a hydrotherapy pool, saunas and a personal training room. Designed by Jouin Manku, the spa has been created to bring a sense of the outside in, with a floral mosaic, natural timbers and light-coloured stone.

Treatments To Book: With a treatment menu provided by Valmont and Aromatherapy Associates, visitors can rest assured that their visit will be met with capable hands. There’s a treatment for every need – spanning facials, massages, body, beauty and grooming – with the main highlight being Valmont’s luxury anti-aging facials and Aromatherapy Associates’ soothing and massages. You can also head across the road to The Dorchester, which currently boasts a spa partnership with Dr Uliana Gout, founder of Harley Street’s London Aesthetic Medicine (LAM) Clinic. The partnership has created a brand new treatment, LAM Luxe – The Red Carpet, a five-in-one treatment which revitalises skin while closing pores and treating blemishes, without needles, pain or downtime.

Address: 45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN

BOOK IT: dorchestercollection.com

5. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park

Best For: Treatments specialising in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Spa treatment room with two beds, blue chairs and gold walls, with attendant walking in with towels

Disciples of Mandarin Oriental’s spa would be forgiven for thinking its decadent, brooding walls did not warrant a revamp. But Adam D. Tihany’s contemporary overhaul rolls in a fresh, elegant canvas for the Chinese elements to spill onto and that de rigeur 360-degree health philosophy to perform against. Spread across two basement floors in the hotel, the sound of trickling water blends into soft Chinese music and naturalistic setting. On top of the 13 treatment rooms, a new spacious Oriental Suite with two massage beds and a Rasul water temple blends heat, steam and mud for the ultimate mind and skin reset. A large, ethereally-lit jacuzzi is flanked by a metallic waterfall wall, feminine sculptures and a sauna and steam room. The new, spacious changing rooms are the paragon of foresight – Aromatherapy cleanser and mouthwash to Dyson wands and hairdryers (essentially everything you’d forget on a spa day is provided). For the gym bunnies, classes and PTs are available in the new fitness centre.

Treatments To Book: Every treatment at Mandarin Oriental is developed in consultation with specialists in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Their signature treatments from the healing Japanese Reiki massage to the Digital Wellness escape are renowned for their eastern healing qualities and preventative insight. The new Oriental QI treatment is a near two-hour dose of pure euphoria, the ultimate ‘unwind and forget’ massage that works along the meridians with a personal choice of oil (mine is cardamom, lemongrass and coriander to flush out toxins). Their masseuses are truly masters in their craft, aware of the holistic approach required for de-stressing and guarantee a fine-tuned pummelling that will ease any physical and mental tension. The rosehip and goji berry red tea created by Mandarin Oriental to round-off the show is to re-balance your earth element (and tastes delicious to boot).

Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

BOOK IT: mandarinoriental.com

6. The Beaumont Spa

Best For: Elegance

Indoor spa facilities at The Beaumont hotel

By far one of the most elegant sanctuaries in London, The Beaumont‘s spa is a black and white marble tiled Art Deco masterpiece that perfectly blends the classic with the cutting-edge. The space itself is intimate but perfectly sized: this small underground oasis somehow fits in a steam room, sauna, cold plunge pool, ice bar, relaxation area, heated hammam table and treatment rooms without ever feeling remotely cramped or full – instead, the vibe is of a private, secret haven far from the crowds just a few metres above. Choose from a vast array of the latest reading material while you relax pre and post-treatment on the plush, white cushioned loungers and sipping on purifying water infusions and herbal teas to detox.

Treatments To Book: A recent partnership with OSKIA has brought the unending benefits of the British brand’s award-winning pure nutritional skincare to the Beaumont – new facial treatments and therapies are carried out by OSKIA-trained therapists and formulated for each client’s individual needs and skin type. The Signature Glow facial in particular is a game changer – it’s carried out in a sleek black-and-white themed treatment room which hums relaxing music, perfectly heated to ensure ultimate relaxation. And it does what it says on the tin (and some), with a combination of skilful facial massage, cleansing, exfoliating and intense hydrating (where needed) resulting in a quasi-supernatural glow that lasts for days. The 75 minutes whizz by in unadulterated bliss, with a final light head, neck and shoulder massage providing that extra spring in your step as you regretfully re-emerge into the real world. 

Address: 8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF

BOOK IT: thebeaumont.com

7. The Four Seasons, Ten Trinity Square

Best For: A holistic urban retreat

Indoor spa pool at Four Seasons Trinity Square

The spa at Four Seasons, Ten Trinity Square offers a much-needed refuge in the heart of the adrenaline-fuelled city. The changing rooms are made to dwindle away the hours, with single-sex saunas and all the ‘extras’ you always forget to bring, from hairdryers to deodorant. Every wall and corner of this spa is smooth and ‘round’ so you don’t feel ‘boxed in’ but are instead curious see what lies around the corner. Designer Joseph Caspari has used a calming grey colour palette that is light enough to keep you awake. The columns around the pool and glistening mosaics are reminiscent of Roman Bath’s and a nod to the building’s grand history. There’s no awkward Jacuzzi sharing with strangers here – it’s huge.

Treatments To Book: The team here know what they’re dealing with, especially in the stress-powered city. Rather than a quick rub and ‘off you go’, they know there needs to be a holistic approach to guarantee results – there’s no ‘quick fix’. Signatures have therefore been designed exclusively for the spa, combining ancient therapies from both East and West, with modern day techniques. If you don’t have much time but are equally aware of the ‘quick-fix’ fable, opt for the full body massage with wild organic ingredients. The oils will calm you and the therapist will soothe and relax you, talking through your ‘tight areas’ after in a bid to pin down the cause.

Address: 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ

BOOK IT: fourseasons.com

8. Natura Bissē

Best For: Bespoke treatments

Natura Bisse entrance

After exploring the streets of the UK capital step into a cool, calm, serene world of wellbeing – after all, what better way to wind down than lying supine in an oxygenated treatment room, while Natura Bissē’s expert therapists bring new life and colour to tired bodies and faces. The much vaunted Spanish brand has multiple standalone day spas in London and it delivers its highly advanced bespoke treatments in surroundings designed by Spanish architect Juan Trias de Bes. So, drop your bags and let your shoulders drop too – in utter relaxation.

Treatments To Book: If you’re looking for a quick pick me up Natura Bissē’s express facials focus on a specific area of concern, and will have you relaxed, refreshed, and ready to hit the shops again.

Address: Multiple locations in London

BOOK IT: naturabisse.com

9. Ushvani Spa

Best For: Solitude

Indoor jacuzzi pool with golden stone interiors

This is where those reluctant to share a sweaty steam or bump into a colleague post-massage come to switch off. Ushvani, tucked behind Sloane Square feels more like a discreet subterranean escape than a spa… and that’s how they like to keep it. With only five treatment rooms, it’s rare that two guests will even cross in the Damai relaxation room as this ‘boutique spa’ works to a meticulous scheduling plan. After all, alone time with just the therapeutic trickle of water, an exotic fruit plate and undisturbed consciousness is what the overspun Londoner needs more than any quick fix massage. A spa since 2008, the warming wooden-panelled Cadogan building is a welcome antidote to the contemporary, clinical wash populating London’s spa scene. Silky walls in the relaxation room, spicy aromas and dark wooden furniture and figurines pay homage to the Malaysian ethos governing the spa and offer a comforting retreat from the plunge pool and steam room. Book in for a yoga class for the ultimate release.

Treatments To Book: The treatments play on that Malaysian spirit, with deliciously long and fruitful massages (though opt for the 90 minute Balinese, a welcome exception to the theme). The devil’s in the detail with Ushvani, from the lotions and potions in the changing rooms to the jewellery bags provided for guests, but the most impressive ‘extra’ has to be the meditative encased floral image greeting guests underneath the massage bed.

Address: 1 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2RJ

BOOK IT: ushvani.com

10. South Kensington Club

Best For: A worldwide treatment selection

Wooden panelled room with stone jacuzzi tub and towel-strewn chairs

A philosophy falling somewhere between Russian tradition and Mediterranean joie de vivre sets the tone at South Kensington Club. Or put simply ‘mixed doubles, a sauna and a stiff martini’ (it’s all about balance). This chic West London private member’s club has a spa with a refreshingly unique take on wellness. The layout is social, an ode to the traditional Russian bathhouse, with plush interiors more suggestive of a private residence than a large spa. There is a great emphasis here on the power of tea and simple relaxation, rather than peddling massage and treatment as the only way to unwind. Saying this, the treatment list – from banya to Himalayan salt massages – draws from a wide variety of traditions and cultures with notably friendly staff well-versed in lowering members’ cortisol levels. 

Treatments To Book: The spa’s hero treatment at South Kensington Club is The Bathhouse experience. This includes a traditional banya treatment (a weekly ritual in Russia) where birch leaves are used at speed to manipulate the hot air over the body, stimulating circulation and allowing clients to quite literally sweat out your week. Breathers are recommended between these sessions in the communal banya and hammam, or with their specialised herbal tea and magazine in a quiet corner. There are various ‘steps’ that you can graduate to once you have pushed through the first two (it gets steamy in there), but the therapist will quickly gauge your limits. Opt for the mud treatment after to both exfoliate and nourish your skin with all the minerals the urban jungle deprives us of. 

Address: 38-42 Harrington Road, Kensington, London SW7 3ND

BOOK IT: southkensingtonclub.com

11. Ilapothecary

Best For: A hideaway experience

Wooden draws and display cases

Instead of the perspex, glass and white leather in your typical city spa, at Ilapothecary you’ll find tall wooden cabinets and hundreds of drawers bursting with little curiosities, tinctures and herbs. The place’s herbal smell is the first sign that this isn’t your average beauty spa, but rather a holistic hideaway disguised as one of the many charming antique shops lining Kensington Church Street. Through the use of natural medicine, energy healing techniques and traditional massage, Ilapothecary promises to combat the pressures of daily life – a promise they deliver on. Upstairs you’ll find a restorative space where talks and workshops are held, and at the back is a – secluded treatment room where music plays softly and therapists work their magic.

Treatments To Book: Although the Beat The Blues Back Massage or Digital Detox Facial Therapy sound appealing, this is a place where it’s best to listen to the experts. Upon arrival you’ll fill in an extensive 50-point questionnaire on your physical and mental health, from this the therapists can draw up a diagnosis and offer advice on specific treatments which will serve your body best. 

Address: 99 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LN

BOOK IT: ilapothecary.com

12. Bulgari Spa

Best For: Wow factor

Indoor pool with beds to the side

A Mecca of subterranean calm, the Bulgari Spa at the Bulgari Hotel offers the full Italian job: seamless, sleek furniture, marble-just-about-everything and a post-treatment power shower that will never leave you. The decadent, volcanic basement hosts London’s longest swimming pool, laced with white cushioned loungers more comfortable than any bed, and quaint table bells to call in elaborate quinoa salads. Potent eucalyptus oils permeate the steam rooms, clearing your sinuses, and warming your winter cockles.

Treatments To Book: The treatments here are based on traditional oriental practices one of the best being the renewing enzyme facial designed to boost cell regeneration and give you that ten-hour-sleep glow. And the best thing? The towels, you’re never without a towel or slippers as they’re scattered meticulously throughout the spa.

Address: 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW

BOOK IT: bulgarihotels.com

Read Our Review: A Day At The Bulgari Spa

13. SENSE SPA at Rosewood London

Best For: Switching off

Treatment room with bed and wooden furnishings

SENSE SPA at Rosewood London defies the claim that switching off requires leaving the city. Cocooned in an urban hideout of bamboo walls and rippling water, you feel a million miles away from the London frenzy. A natural, organic theme pervades the products and therapies, using Australian skincare company Sodashi and body treatment products are plucked straight from the garden estate.

Treatments To Book: A huge selection of treatments awaits at SENSE SPA, from holistic revival remedies and ‘sense journeys’ crafted using essential oils to couples and family treatments. One of the highlights on the menu is the British Rose Body Massage, a traditional luxury which dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria and helps to improve relaxation, circulation and flexibility.

Address: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

BOOK IT: rosewoodhotels.com

Review: Alchemy of Sleep at Rosewood London

14. ESPA Life at Corinthia

Best For: Spa facilities

Blue indoor pool at ESPA Life at Corinthia

ESPA Life at Corinthia is an unexpected oasis, buried in Whitehall bureaucracy and Big Ben keyrings. The white marble changing rooms warm you up for the impending relaxation, along with a weighty bathrobe and fluffy slippers. The spa has a volcanic feel to it, subterranean dark quarters with stone beds pressed up against a roaring fire, hot water bubbling against glass walls resembling ice. While not catering to lengths, the pool demands that you float and forget, the waves reflecting hypnotically on the ceiling.

Treatments To Book: ESPA has pioneered a Brain Power package, aligned with the hotel’s Neuroscientist in Residence programme, during which time neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart will be studying mental resilience and recovery as a major factor in achieving peak brain performance. The mindfulness massage aims to reduce stress holistically, through breathing, visualising and a scalp massage using warm rose quartz crystals. Then there’s Yoga Nidra, aiming to train busy minds to concentrate fully and fall into pure, unfettered relaxation.

Address: Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD

BOOK IT: espalifeatcorinthia.com

Read Our Review: A Stay At Corinthia London

15. Cloud Twelve Spa

Best For: Wide-ranging treatments

Orange-lit room with loungers at Cloud Twelve Spa

In the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill and housed in a family members’ club is this unexpected haven of rejuvenation. Treatments range from the quick to the languid; a blow-dry to a green coffee sculpting treatment. The spa prides itself on results-driven treatments that fuse the best of Western and Asian philosophies, a philosophy which applies whether you’re in the mood for a high-tech beauty treatment or a sleep therapy procedure. Open for members and non-members, Cloud Twelve also boasts the use of all the usual spa facilities from a relaxation room to a sauna and salt room.

Treatments To Book: The holistic healing philosophy manifests in craniosacral therapy, cryotherapy, naturopathic nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine. For the sleep deprived, the spa’s Tranquility Pro Sleep Ritual combines aromatherapy, music and unique massage techniques to induce a deep state of relaxation. Before you leave, pop into the separate hair and nail salon for a quick manicure also.

Cloud Twelve’s detox programmes promise to reinvigorate and re-energise through tailored nutrition, herbal medicine and the spa’s signature treatments. Book in for a consultation with herbalist, naturopath, and Cloud Twelve founder Jenya Di Pierro to discuss bespoke dietary plans and individualised herbal remedies. Or the spa’s green coffee sculpting treatment is a restorative combination of dry skin brushing and deep massage that facilitates lymphatic drainage and improves circulation – a session of self-improvement while also letting you imbibe in all the spa’s relaxation techniques including a sound bath, and heated massage bed… For the time-poor amongst us, an intravenous drip or intramuscular shot (administered by fully certified medical practitioners) can deliver nutrients and minerals directly into your bloodstream. Whether it’s detoxification, immunity, or anti-ageing you’re after, there’s be a shot for you.

Address: 2-5 Colville Mews, Notting Hill, London W11 2DA

BOOK IT: cloudtwelve.co.uk

Read Our Review: Cloud Twelve’s Luxurious Massages

16. Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley

Best For: Rooftop relaxation

Rooftop swimming pool and sun loungers at The Berkeley Spa

The Berkeley’s rooftop haven of whitewashed wood aims to bring a heavy dose of countryside serenity to central London. Unlike the 5* get up downstairs, the spa is covered in clean white and greys with that refined ‘rustic’ somewhat reminiscent of Soho Farmhouse. The main lure of The Berkeley’s spa is the rooftop pool, one of the best places to be on a sunny day in London, with white linen sun loungers dotted around the herby garden patio and champagne on tap. If the sun’s a no show, the pool transforms into a luxurious indoor setting.

Treatments To Book: They offer all the expected spa treatments, with a few curve balls and a pregnancy package that mums-to-be swear by. Indulgent guests, seeking a move away from the organic, natural overtones can opt for the Gold Fine Body Wrap using grapes and champagne on the skin.

Address: Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL

BOOK IT: the-berkeley.co.uk

Read Our Review: The Ultimate Knightsbridge Weekender

17. Aman Spa at The Connaught

Best For: Unrivalled luxury

Spa treatment room with wooden lattice ceiling, two beds and wooden wardrobes and floors

Beneath The Connaught’s decadent Edwardian lobby lies the Eastern promise of blissful unwind. The pièces de résistance of the spa is undoubtedly the serene pool, its water ionised using a UV system and complemented by the crystal steam room plied with essential oils. It’s no shock that spa memberships at the Connaught are tricky to get hold of.

Treatments To Book: The signature experiences at Aman Spa derive from traditional rituals of renewal, notably from India, Thailand and China including herbal compresses, balancing and restorative treatments. More bespoke wellness therapies consist of postural and movement analysis for those bent over a computer all day, reflexology, and traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture.

Address: Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL

BOOK IT: the-connaught.co.uk

18. Akasha Spa at Café Royal

Best For: Secret spaces

Blue indoor swimming pool with low lighting

Next time you hurry across Piccadilly Circus, think about the healthful relaxation you could be having in a secret space right under your feet. The Café Royal, now a sleekly modern hotel with a calm, Eastern influence to its décor, has been a centre of London dining and entertaining for over 150 years and has conserved its ornate, gilded, Belle Epoque public rooms. But the underground Akasha Spa has a 21st-century sense of luxury serenity.

Treatments To Book: Based on the four elements, with holistic treatments that link Western innovation with Eastern tradition, its natural materials, warm colours and fresh aromas exude wellbeing. Alongside its signature offerings, visitors can pick from a number of treatments and experiences created in collaboration with Aromatherapy Associates – from body detoxes and facials to skin renewal. Nine treatment rooms, including one for couples, a gym, fitness and yoga classes, a sauna and hammam and a beautifully lit pool with London’s first Watsu pool for private hydrotherapy sessions make this a place to linger.

Address: 50 Regent Street, Soho, London W1B 5AS

BOOK IT: hotelcaferoyal.com

Read Our Review: Akasha Spa’s Valmont Facial

19. The Lanesborough Club & Spa

Best For: Pampering

Indoor pool with loungers to the side

London’s most sybaritic spa ups the ante with spa butlers who polish your shoes and press your clothes while you robe up for some serious treats. The beautiful design of The Lanesborough‘s spa comes courtesy of 1508 London, who drew inspiration from Roman baths to create a blissfully tranquil atmosphere.

Treatments To Book: There are massages designed to uncurl people who spend hours in front of the computer and customized facials curated by skin guru Anastasia Achilleos which feature cranial sacral massage (a light touch therapy that strokes points around the scalp and shoulders to releases pressure throughout the body) along with oodles of deeply relaxing facial massage that has even the most stressed souls levitating off the heated water mattress.

Address: Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London SW1X 7TA

BOOK IT: lanesboroughclubandspa.com

Read Our Review: The Lanesborough’s HydraFacial

20. COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, COMO Metropolitan London

Best For: Couples’ treatments

Spa treatment room set up with two beds and large bath

This Asian-inspired sanctuary can be found within the renowned Park Lane hotel COMO Metropolitan, and is based on the award-winning wellness concept Shambhala – which translates as ‘sacred place of bliss’. The spa itself is small, sleek and minimalist, with less focus on fancy showers and more on top quality treatments, with six sophisticated treatment rooms offering expert therapies for body and face. Couples’ treatment rooms with private steam facilities and baths are available to book.

Treatments To Book: Treatments at COMO not only pamper, they dig deep for long-lasting results, from facials to acupuncture to reiki. There are lots to choose from, all of which are based on Asian spa techniques. For those keen to brighten their skin, the Guinot Hydradermie is the ultimate hydration facial, designed to deep cleanse, oxygenate and reinvigorate the skin to create a glow that lasts for weeks. Massages range from the nurturing to the invigorating, with options for Shiatsu, a Japanese massage using powerful stimulation on pressure points to release muscular tension. For total body exfoliation, go for the COMO Shambhala Bath, which involves dry brushing, a full body scrub, moisturising and an invigorating bath, followed by a signature massage. Special treatments are also available for expectant mothers, men, and those suffering from jet lag.

Address: 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB

BOOK IT: comohotels.com

21. The Landmark London Spa & Health Club

Best For: Self-care packages

Indoor swimming pool flanked by showers and sauna rooms

An oasis of calm amid buzzing Marylebone, this spa is tucked away on the lower ground floor of iconic hotel The Landmark London. A relatively small yet beautiful retreat nestled on the lower ground floor, the spa comes complete with a jacuzzi, 15m heated pool, gym, steam room and sauna. There’s also a glass-walled gym looking onto the pool – again, this is small but has a good range of equipment. The whole spa area smells incredible too.

Treatments To Book: It’s often the little touches that make a spa special, and there are many to note here, such as the complimentary mint-infused tea, fluffy towels and slippers, and choice of scent or essential oil to burn throughout your treatment. A wide range of facials, body wraps, massages and firming therapies are available, with products by Spanish skincare company Germaine de Capuccini. The Landmark London Tea Dreams is certainly dreamy: you’ll enjoy a full body massage followed by an energising facial, leaving you with supple skin, a radiant glow and a feeling of tranquillity. If you’re after something more exfoliating, go for The Landmark London Elixir, a full buffing and polishing body treatment, followed by an facial and face massage designed to reduce stress. The Mediterranean Candle Massage is also a popular choice, which involves a full body massage complete with energising crystals, applied to the body’s Chakra points to create a sense of harmony.

Address: 222 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 6JQ

BOOK IT: landmarklondon.co.uk

Read Our Review: A Stay At The Landmark London

22. The Dorchester Spa

Best For: An opulent setting

Cream and marble sitting room leading to spa suites

The Dorchester’s spa doesn’t stray far from the hotel’s iconic British style. It does add a slap of Art Deco glamour though– indulgent interiors to reflect the extravagant treatments. Aromatherapy Associates products and treatments work to alleviate life’s stresses, as do the aromatic steam rooms and slick relaxation quarters where time stands still.

Treatments To Book: The rejuvenating signature facials by Carol Joy London are worth stretching the extra mile for, relaxing tense facial muscles and completing your stress MOT. More importantly, the aptly named ‘Spatisserie’ serves four Bento Boxes of your lean green choice or simply a ‘guilt free’ Afternoon Tea. Too much ‘guilt free’ indulgence later, you can work it off in the Fitness Studio equipped with Swill Balls, cardio vascular equipment, and Medicine Balls galore.

Address: 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

BOOK IT: dorchestercollection.com

What To Know Before You Go

When Do Spas Open In London?

This depends on the spa itself. Most spas in the UK capital are not open 24 hours a day, but they’ll usually have daytime (usually from 8am to 5pm) and nighttime hours (usually from 5pm until late) during which you can visit.

Do You Tip?

As a general rule, you are not expected to tip spa therapists in the UK, but you can always double check with the hotel if they have a policy.

Is There An Age Limit?

Generally speaking, no, there isn’t an age limit for guests visiting spas in London – although you might want to check their policy on child access to the spa if you want to take any little ones with you.

Do You Need To Bring Anything With You?

Most spas will be well-equipped when it comes to facilities, including towels, robes, slippers, shower products and hairdryers. If you’re unsure of what’s included in your spa package, you can always ask your spa for details.

Do You Wear Clothes At The Spa?

Unless stated otherwise, guests are typically expected to wear some kind of clothing while at the spa. A bathing costume and robes are the most common attire, although if you don’t plan to use a pool then comfortable indoor clothing should be fine. You might be required to take some clothing off for treatments.

What Is The Spa Etiquette In London?

Spa guests are typically required to wear bathing costumes or relaxed indoor clothing at all times, unless otherwise stated (or receiving a treatment that requires you to disrobe), as well as robes and footwear in public spaces. It’s also advised that guests drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, especially if taking part in a thermal spa experience, and not go overboard on the alcohol.

What Is The Difference Between A Day Spa And A Night Spa?

It’s all in the name; day spas operate from morning to afternoon, and night spas operate in the evening. Day spas are the most common type of spa, and will likely stick to daytime hours if they aren’t part of a hotel, while night spas will employ later hours and, if part of a hotel, may also offer packages with an overnight stay.

Featured image: AIRE Ancient Baths London