London’s spas are stylish, sexy and super indulgent, but while an escape to the country is so often an opportunity for time and space with friends and loved ones, a London spa is also an ideal opportunity for some real time to yourself. A really specialised facial for a special event for example, like the kind you can really only get at The House of Elemis, is a treat just for you. We have known men and women to visit before a big work meeting to give them that extra confidence boost.
With its wealth of attractions, London is obviously also the ideal destination for special occasions and celebrations. Bridal parties opting for an overnight break before the big day at the likes of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, or a surprise romantic day at the Spa at The Landmark, one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, located in Marylebone.
While a view of a rural landscape is always blissful, the London skyline really is inspiring, particularly with a cocktail in hand. At Intercontinental London The O2, there is the Sky Bar at the top of the hotel, and on the third floor there’s another bar area with a boat in the middle and floor to ceiling windows. When you sit down it almost feels like you’re on a boat in the water, making for a really unique vibe and view for groups on a special occasion or simply celebrating the arrival of the weekend.
Having landed on the London scene with a splash last year, The Ned brings 1920s glamour to the city, but hits all the right contemporary notes. It is the place for coffee meetings and evening cocktails, romantic trysts and mid week manicures. For men and women is is a hub of style and sophistication that fits with the pace of London life, complete with Cheeky, the fast, no-nonsense service for nails, and Ned’s Barbershop offering modern gentleman a classic speakeasy-style environment for a quick spruce including a cold beer and a shoe shine. That said, we are rather partial to taking it a little easier in Ned’s Club Spa with a Cowshed treatment or two.
In terms of style, London has a worldwide reputation for its diversity and this is reflected in its spa hotels as well. Whether you’re in a Dorchester kinda mood for classic elegance with just a touch of over indulgence, or going for a more contemporary chic vibe at the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, architecture, customer service and carefully considered design come in every shape and form in this city.
Perhaps one of the best things about spas in London is their capacity to surprise you. Space is, understandably, at a premium, but while many spas are small and perfectly formed, others take your breath away with the use of space. Such is the case at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Cafe Royal. As central as you could possibly get in Piccadilly Circus, the spa is part of the historically acclaimed Cafe Royal, and as you wander in through huge doors and down marble steps you are greeted by the most exquisite swimming pool, a tranquil subterranean space and peaceful treatment rooms – it is totally bliss and you would never know it was there from the outside.