Relax to the max: London's best spas

A bath with bling

This is aqua relaxation at it's best.

There's no fixed formula to a spa but it's generally acknowledged that you should expect to get a bit soggy during your spa session. Be it a dip in a pool, a spell in a sauna or steam-room which challenges your very consciousness or a palpable "aahhhh" as you get into a jacuzzi - what is further expected is that you experience a swift transition into a relaxed state.

Does it get much better?

Well, yes. A spa package frequently offers additional relaxation options to further banish the stresses and strains of modern day life. Maybe a massage, some reiki, aromatherapy, aura cleansing, chocolate massage (oh yes), crystal healing and more.

We've hand-picked the best spas London has to offer - plus you don't have to be Victoria Beckham to partake - we've got something here for all budgets.

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Spa London @ York Hall
York Hall 5-15 Old Ford Road Bethnal Green E2 9PL
Region: Bethnal Green
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Spa London is most definitely a hidden gem in the heart of the city and perfect for group trips if you wanted to do something different or even just to treat yourself - don’t worry if you are on a budget either as it is very reasonable offering packages also. Relax and unwind in the many rooms of relaxation and even get a treatment to top off the day. This is one of the most affordable spas out there.

60 Sloane Avenue Chelsea SW3 3DD
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: South Kensington (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The iconic baby blue colouring of Bliss beckons you into the trendy store where there are plenty of smiling faces to put you at ease and show you around. The spa is set on a lower level beneath the store and nail stations. Once below you change into the fluffiest of robes and it’s a must to utilise the sauna before your treatment helping to relax, unwind and ease away the stresses of day to day life. We highly recommend the Triple Oxygen Facial!

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 6/10
Tr?s Spa
Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel 354 Queenstown Road Battersea SW8 4AE
Region: Battersea
Nearest Station: Battersea Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Situated in the luxurious four star Pestana Hotel, the Pestana Spa is a delightful retreat for guests and the general public to get away. On the bottom floor of the hotel the automatic doors open to reveal an enchanted heated swimming pool along with other facilities including sauna, steam room and relaxation area to take advantage of after your treatment.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre
Adelaide Road Belsize Park NW3 3NF
Region: Belsize Park
Nearest Station: Swiss Cottage (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Just like its sister spa the Spa London in Swiss Cottage is as equally a gem. With wonderful relaxing facilities this spa is sure to lift your spirits on a rainy day. Great treatment packages are on offer and are affordable for all whether you want alone time or time to share the experience with a friend, Either Spa London will do the job just pick your closest!

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge

AIL Says: This luxurious haven of well-being with heat and water oasis offers you a deeply relaxing experience prior to each treatment. The professional therapists blend techniques from around the world to meet your individual needs. Situated in the glamorous Mandarin Oriental Hotel you will feel like a million dollars stepping out into Mayfair after your treatment.

Berkeley Health Club & Spa
Wilton Place SW1X 7RL
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner

AIL Says: The Berkeley spa will have you looking and feeling fabulous with a rooftop pool and panoramic views of Knightsbridge. Grab a package and have a day of complete spa detoxing including a personal trainer for an hour! Make full use of the spa facilities before your chosen treatments in this luxurious hotel.

The Sanctuary
12 Floral Street Covent Garden WC2E 9DH
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden

AIL Says: Famous for its award winning products The Sanctuary is located in the iconic Covent Garden area. This spa has all the expected facilities to put you into relaxation mode before your treatment. You can really have a whole day out here as there is a restaurant if you get hungry and you can sip on some fine wines throughout the day.

Elemis Day Spa
2-3 Lancashire Court Mayfair W1S 1EX
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Bond Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Elemis Day Spa is located centrally in the heart of Mayfair tucked away in a quiet court yard just off New Bond Street. The Spa is uniquely designed with hints of colours and textures from around the world including Bali, Tibet, Japan, Morocco and Thailand - it certainly is quite stimulating with an astounding scent.

  • OUR REVIEW 6/10
The Corinthia Hotel Whitehall Place Charing Cross SW1A 2BD
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This stunning hotel is home to the equally stunning ESPA Life Spa, with wellness amenities including directional Jacuzzis designed to hit the spots that need the work. This spa really does have everything you need to feel completely pampered and entirely relaxed and this is before your treatment even starts. The Corinthia hotel is the height of elegance and you will get lost in paradise.

W London Hotel 10 Wardour Street Leicester Square W1D 6QF
Region: Leicester Square
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This perfectly placed hotel right next to Leicester Square blends in nicely with the hustle and bustle of London life and is an easy getaway for your private pamper time. Starting and ending with a detoxifying shot of fruit juices it’s the small things that count at this spa. Personally picked aromas fill the air as you get your treatment at the W Hotel Spa. A treatment here would be a great treat on your lunch break and even have a sauna or steam on the go.


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