In need of some serious self-cleansing and pampering? Here are our top picks of spas in London – from classy vintage, to the utterly decadent.
The Ironmonger Row complex was first opened in 1931, and underwent a sympathetic rehaul at the end of last year. The brand new Turkish baths here have been decked out with décor that’s both modern and simple. You can ease the tension in one of the steam rooms or saunas, before tipping an invigorating bucket of freezing water over yourself (totally optional). End your session in the relaxation room where there’s free green tea and fruit. Affordable, traditional relaxation.
Built around the same time as Ironmonger Road, Portchester Spa has retained its Art Deco charm, and is a truly enchanting place to unwind in London. Swimming pools and Turkish hot rooms are beautifully-tiled and festooned with foliage and statues. You can visit the spa for about £25, but if you want to properly splash out, plump for the ‘King or Queen for a Day’ treatments. These include massage, scrub, and a scrumptious meal from the café.
Both Tatler and Condé Nast Traveler have voted Ushvani the UK’s Best Spas Day, and really it’s no wonder. This Malaysian-themed experienced offers delicious-sounding treatments such as an orange and chocolate scrub, and another one using cane sugar and green coffee oil. Though this is a spa for both genders, ladies can revel in having their own pool and steam rooms. Ushvani claims to ‘transcend mere supercritical pampering’. It’d be rude not to put that statement to the test.
Some of London’s most opulent spas reside in the city’s most decadent hotels. The Bulgari is one of these. Spread over two floors, this is one of the biggest London spas, and boasts among other features, a mosaic-tiled swimming pool and 11 individual treatment rooms. Onyx, oak, Vicenza stone and Italian glass is used in the architecture, making it feel like you’ve wandered into an exotic palace. What’s the treatment to go for? Harper’s Bazaar recommends the Thai Escape: a full body massage, followed up with acupressure that uses herbal compresses.