Take A Break In The City At The Best Spa’s In London

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Relax the hustle and bustle of the city away at one of the best spas in London...

Feeling the need to unwind and pamper yourself a little but don't fancy leaving the city? An indulgent spa day could be exactly what the doctor ordered. Thankfully, London is filled with luxurious places to treat yourself so what better than to book yourself in for a self-care session (or hint it to your other half)? We've done the 'hard work' for you and scoured through London's spa scene to find you the top spots. Read on to discover more.

AIRE Ancient Baths


2-3 Robert St, London WC2N 6BH

Out with the old and in with the...older? If there's one nation from history that knew how to spa in style it was the Romans, Greeks and Ottomans, so it's no surprise that AIRE decided to take its guests back in time to the good ol' days. With stone walls, thousands of candles, orange blossom and bergamot-scented corridors with melodies gently dancing through the air, you are gracefully led to different bathing spaces and are transported into paradise. Best yet, it's centrally located, right under Covent Garden in fact, so you can pop in after work should you need to! No excursion necessary. 

There are several baths to explore from the Tepidarium at a toasty 36 degrees to the Balneum with jets. There's also a chilly ice bath and Flotarium where you can finish off with a salt scrub. If you're feeling really darish, why not immerse yourself in a tub of red wine. The treatments are just as extravagant, with individualised massages available, awakening and soothing your five senses. They're all combined into 'experiences' to suit your preference and budget. 

Prices start from approx £100 per person. 

ESPA life at the Corinthia


Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD

One of the largest spas in London and located in the basement of the beautiful Corinthia hotel, just steps away from Trafalgar Square is the ESPA life spa. Situated on the mezzanine level of this five star establishment is a labyrinth of treatment rooms, steam rooms, saunas, thermal pools and relaxation areas (otherwise referred to as sleeping pods). ESPA is lavishly decorated, modern, low-lit and windowless, making time disappear in utmost relaxation. 

You will be guided through the elegant reception that opens onto a cream-washed restaurant filled with leather furniture that is gently warmed by a fire. Downstairs, you find the main spa area presented with the Thermal Suite; a black-marbled oasis that boasts a steam room, jet pool, heated loungers, ice fountain, swimming pool and an awe-inducing glass-walled sauna ampitheatre. 

Choose from your standard spa day and indulge in a number of luxurious treatments including body wrap packages, personalised massages, facials, acupuncture, herbalists and osteopathy. Once you're all spa'd out- you can have your locks looked after at the Daniel Galvin Hair Salon. 

Take your experience home with you, with something from the in-spa range, from candles to a swimsuit. Whatever you decide, just know that peace is the priority here. 

Experiences start from £175. View their treatment menu here

Four Seasons Hotel London At Ten Trinity Square


10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ

With its prime location overlooking Tower Bridge and The Tower of London, visiting the Four Seasons Hotel in Trinity Square is a visual journey both inside and out. The building itself dates back to 1922 with marble floors and velvet red carpets centred around a stunning grand piano, you'll feel like you stepped into a movie scene. But enough of that, we're here to tell you about the spa. 

The changing rooms alone are somewhere you can lose yourself for hours. There's a tranquil swimming pool and vitality pool equipped with jets to massage the stresses of the day away, single sex saunas and a Turkish hammam with a mother of pearl ceiling that is to 'dive' for. If you're struggling with what to book for yourself, we can suggest the Voya Treatment. A process involving a seaweed wrap that gently boosts lymph flow and re-mineralises the body whilst your therapist gives you a sleep-inducing scalp massage. Treatments start at £170 with day passes starting at £120 and can be explored here.

Akasha At Hotel Café Royal


Hotel Café Royal, 50 Regent St., London W1B 5AS

Another hidden gem nestled in a basement below the city. The Akasha spa sits neatly below the Hotel Café Royal in Piccadilly that is a soothing oasis home to a huge pool, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam and a list of relaxing treatments that will have you forgetting all about the bustle of the city above. Its decor sits within the realm of Eastern influence whilst the labyrinth of marbled walkways leads you to 9 private treatment rooms offering a range of relaxing options for you to find your inner calm.  

When it comes to luxurious serenity, the Akasha spa really hits the top of the list. It contains London's first Watsu pool for private hydrotherapy sessions and scrubs- perfect for anyone struggling to switch off. 

Treatments start from £175 and can be explored here.

The Retreat

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The Londoner Hotel, 38 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DX

One of the newer additions to the London spa scene, The Retreat lies four floors underground inside The Londoner Hotel right in the middle of Leicester Square. Away from the frantic crowds and hectic energy is a state of the art spa offering a number of holistic treatments with a twist. Facials are infused with diamonds, gold and silver- talk about royal treatment?! With a pool surrounded by cosy cabanas a bubbling hydro pool, sauna and steam room that will make you feel like you're somewhere in the caribbean as opposed to under M&M world. 

There are a number of treatments to explore from facials by Hungarian luxury skincare brand Omorovicza (with zero nasties) or a massage by Ila (with specialism and aromatherapy from the Cotswolds). There's a refuel bar for post treatment refreshments alongside hair and nail bars to help you prep for you night out on the town. 

Treatments start from £70 and can fully be explored here.