Whisk yourself away from the city’s hustle and bustle for some self-care at the boutique spas in London, each designed to create a sense of peace, relaxation and escapism from the chaos outside. They have luxury pools, pampering treatments from around the world and a large helping of wellness to carry you centre you when you step back out into the world. Here’s our pick of the best spas in London.
Cloud Twelve, Notting Hill
This spa in London is specially designed for families. Cloud Twelve has an incredible child-friendly space upstairs with interactive edu-tainment ballet and music classes. While they have fun upstairs, you can slip away to the luxury day spa downstairs and enjoy the Himalayan Salt Room and pick from a range of treatments while chilling on a Dolomite quartz treatment bed. After everyone has had their own me-time, you can all reconvene for plant-based food at the café. Non-members are welcome.
Aire Ancient Baths, Covent Garden
For a couple-friendly date, try the thermal waters under 18th-century brick arches for a truly luxurious boutique London spa experience. Aire Ancient Baths in London’s Covent Garden is in a historic townhouse where a lift takes you four floors below street level. When you step out in your swimming costume and robe, you receive a glowing welcome from lanterns, handsome exposed brick rooms and Roman style spa pools of turquoise waters at different temperatures. Just being in this space is calming, romantic and a million miles from the busy streets above. Elevate the experience with a couple’s massages with truffles and cava and this is a fantastic and slightly secret spa in London to share.
Thai Square Spa, Covent Garden
Another Covent Garden oasis is the grand Thai Square Spa, where you can unplug and feel like Thai royalty. The real highlight here is the expert Thai massage. Skilled practitioners know how to work out those knots and so you feel more supple and your skin shimmers. The sauna, steam room, ice fountain and hot tub give you that invigorating mix of hot and cold to get the circulation going. This is the spa day in London to choose if you really want to give your body a wellness boost. Plus, just round the corner is the elegant, highly rated Thai Square restaurant, just to round off a spa day in the right way.
Lanserhof at the Arts Club, Mayfair
This futuristic members-only spa, gym and wellness clinic provides a bespoke health and fitness experience. Alongside sports and deep tissue massages, Lanserhof at the Arts Club is an exclusive medical spa club where state-of-the-art technology and a team of doctors and fitness specialists aim to improve your health and wellbeing. Step inside the freezing cryotherapy chamber if you can face the freeze. Enjoy a vitamin IV drip as you relax in your infrared-heated chair admiring the rooftop views. Or try out a simulated flight on the virtual reality Icarus machine for a high-tech out-of-body experience. It’s not a classic spa, but if you’re focussed on fitness improvement and getting personalised ongoing support then this exclusive spa in London may be worth it.
For a more indulgent spa day in London focused on Eastern practices to improve the mind, body and spirit, then Ushvani is a beautiful place to visit. This is a Malaysia-inspired spa inside a grand Georgian townhouse in Sloane Square where you’re cloaked in serenity and comfort from the moment you step inside, thanks to the Feng Shui design and signature ginger and nutmeg scented candles. Treatments make use of Malaysia’s traditional hibiscus flower, and the beautiful spa pool is oh-so inviting. The steam room and spa pool are for women only, and there’s a separate floor for men’s treatments. You will leave pampered and balanced, ready to face the world once again.
Add a little extra luxury to your spa in London and combine it with a stay at The Clermont, Victoria or The Clermont, Charing Cross in Central London. Here, you can enjoy four-star London luxury with heritage style and plenty of home comforts for a fantastic stay.