Whether you’re a visitor or resident in desperate need of rest and relaxation, you certainly won’t regret booking a session at one of London’s best spa hotels. Where a pool and a treatment room once sufficed, the growing wellness trend means patrons are now looking for more immersive spa experiences and luckily these luxury London residences have answered the call; offering a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the streets above. Here’s our pick of the best spa hotels to book on your next visit to London.
Hotel Café Royal
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One of the mainstays of Piccadilly Circus, Hotel Café Royal is famed for its opulence and nod to French neoclassicism, so it’s little surprise that it houses one of the best spas in the city. To be found in the basement, Akasha is cavernous – incorporating a 60-foot pool and nine treatment rooms. With a menu that includes a hammam and purifying Vichy shower, Akasha aims to bring together Western modernisations and ancient Eastern traditions. If you’re still in two minds, the introduction of a new Watsu pool – the first of its kind in London – should tip your favour. Combining massage, meditation and flotation in warm water, its baptism-like qualities will leave you feeling reborn.
Not just a place to feel pampered, ESPA Life at the Corinthia is all about restoration. A team of expert acupuncturists, osteopaths and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have been brought in to rejuvenate even the most ailing of clients. Set over four floors, you could spend an entire weekend in the spa without seeing the same treatment room twice, while low lighting and mirrored walls add to the feeling that you’re in a cocoon. Facilities include an amphitheatre sauna, private sleeping pods and a vitality pool and you can experience everything from a harmonising rose salt ritual to a hot stone massage.
With its clean lines, bright windows and natural light, the Bamford Haybarn Spa at the Berkeley evokes the feeling of a Mediterranean villa – or at least the Cotswolds countryside it takes its inspiration from. Up on the seventh floor of the hotel, you can take your morning dip in the open-air rooftop pool while looking out over Knightsbridge before slipping onto the terrace for a restorative cup of tea (or champagne, if that’s more up your street). Outdoor morning yoga classes are held up there too, so if you’re lucky enough to be visiting during the summer, you’ll hopefully be rewarded with a decent amount of sun to salute to.
Much like the décor inside its rooms, the Sanderson Spa is all about minimal opulence; incorporating enough white silk drapes and chaise longues to rival a J. Lo music video. A maze of curtain partitions and orchid installations, the Agua spa has been modelled on the serenity of a Roman bath house. Enjoy a treatment from world-renowned facialist Eve Lom or head to Katie Light for a holistic massage that uses The Light Technique – an energy-shifting treatment aimed at removing emotional and physical blockages to well-being.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you’ll know that The Ned is one of the hottest spots in town. With décor that looks like it belongs in a Wes Anderson film, the in-house Cowshed spa is more about self maintenance than outright relaxation. Head inside for a manicure and blow dry, or stop in to the Vitadrip clinic for an intravenous vitamin drip if you’re feeling particularly ropey. Though you won’t have access to the rooftop pool if you’re not a member, you can still enjoy everything from couples’ massages to salt scrubs and traditional Moroccan hammam in the spa.
The Langham is all about treating visitors to the lavishly dramatic, whether that’s in the grand marble lobby or one of its lushly furnished rooms and the spa is certainly no exception. Housed in what was once a large bank vault, the sunken indoor pool is one of the most beautiful in London and a few lengths inside is sure to rejuvenate you. Chinese medicine takes centre stage in the Chuan Body and Soul spa, where treatments such as the two and a half hour Chuan Ritual – including massage and facial – will leave you feeling like a new person.
The luxurious Beaumont hotel channels the art deco elegance that has become synonymous with Mayfair, making it one of the most sought-after hotels in the neighbourhood. The theme continues in the spa, where the white marble walls and clean minimalism give you the feeling you’ve stepped into a restorative haven. Book yourself in for a Hammam, massage or facial treatments or explore the facilities, which include a warmed marble slab and freezing plunge pool.