The boisterous buzz of London can sometimes feel overwhelming. Those looking to find a slice of heaven in this urban jungle can check in for a moment of peace and pampering at one of the best spa hotels in London. Whether you’re a visitor or resident in desperate need of rest and relaxation, you won’t regret booking a session at one of London’s best spa hotels. Whereas a pool and a treatment room once sufficed, the growing wellness trend means patrons now want more immersive spa experiences, and these luxe hotels have answered the call. Here’s our pick of the best spa hotels in the UK capital, all bookable with Culture Trip.
No matter the watch around your wrist, it’s always me-time at the Chelsea Harbour, one of the best spa hotels in London. At the health club, each changing room comes with a steam room and sauna, where time freezes the more your body heats up. The amber glow of candles cast dancing shadows across the room as you sip afternoon tea. Once your feet get the royal treatment with a long-overdue cleanse, you’ll be ready to walk on air to the massage table where warm Fleur de Vigne oil dissipates tension as it enters your every pore.
For relaxation that is defined not by the massage oils on your back but by the sweat on your brow, head to the Savoy. This London luxury spa hotel on the Strand has not one but two gyms open around the clock for heart-pumping pampering. The sauna and steam room will warm you up after a swim against the jet-stream current in the indoor pool. If your aching muscles convince you to slow your heart rate, the signature Savoy facial, back scrub and full body massage are worth the pause.
Those looking to spoil themselves could do worse than stepping inside the lavish, marbled spa at the Bulgari. A paean to ritzy Italian luxury, the hotel comes with all the frills, including a steam room, numerous treatment rooms and a hot tub. Luminous colonnades flank the 25m (82ft) pool – a rare find in the middle of the city – which is lit by dappled rays from underwater lights and overlooked by rows of cabanas. Meanwhile, the golden cavern of the vitality pool offers invigorating massage jets. When you can soak no more, make like James Bond and refresh your palate with a vodka martini or two at the Nolita Social bar upstairs.
Four Seasons hotels are well known for their glamorous interiors, and this outpost in the east of London is no different. The atrium in the the lobby casts a soft golden glow over the sleek interiors, and there’s a Narnia-esque quality to the silvery winter woodland depicted on the pillars of the pool area. The glitz continues in the futuristic hammam, which feels like the inside of a disco ball with its shining tiles and spherical shape. Hot stone massages and immaculate manicures serve as the perfect prelude to an evening meal at the hotel’s Asian-fusion restaurant, Mei Ume, where you can tuck into signature dishes such as the spicy tuna maki.
Situated on the chic streets of Kensington, this grand Victorian building houses an expansive spa that welcomes outside clients as well as hotel guests. An earthy palette creates a natural look and feel, with dark wood furnishings and abstract branch patterns complementing the beige walls. Privacy is ensured thanks to separate steam facilities for men and women, while massages and facials are on offer in the three atmospheric treatment rooms. Prime yourself for relaxation by burning off some energy at the 24/7 gym, a well-equipped space managed by Linn Hansen, the former UK Fitness Champion.