London’s Spas

Massages, steam showers, Turkish baths and facials. Where can you experience all of these things and do it in complete relaxation? The answer is in one of the numerous Spas around London. Trust us, London has it all and you are about to find that out for yourselves!

Here at THEN AND NOW SHOP we understand very well that after a stressful week of work in the city of London, you might want to purify your skin and relax yourself while somebody is treating you to a back massage.

We don’t want to waste anymore of your time, so let’s get right to the good stuff with the list of the 10 Spas we recommend in London.

  1. The Refinery London’s spas 
  2. About The Spa 
  3. Luminis 
  4. ESPA Life at Corinthia
  5. Spa Experience London 

       6. London Akasha Spa 

       7. About Relax Spa London 

       8. The Mandarin Oriental 

       9. The Porchester Spa 

      10. Chuan Spa 

spa location - London

The Refinery London’s spas – Mayfair

Get yourself here for ‘an all men spa and salon experience’. Here you’ll be able to relax, get your haircut, shave and benefit from full body treatments.

The Refinery spa– Mayfair

The Refinery offers its guests the possibility to buy their own branded products so that they can use them in the tranquility of their apartments.

The Refinery – Mayfair

If you are feeling stressed and you are in the surroundings of Claridge’s in Mayfair, take an hour or two to visit this central London Spa and treat yourself.

Getting there

18 Grosvenor St

Mayfair

London

W1K 4QQ

Phone

020 7409 2001

Spa hours

10am-7pm(monday-tuesday)

10am-8pm(wednesday-friday)

9am-6pm(saturday)

11am-5pm(sunday)

About The Spa – Dolphin Square – Pimlico

About The Spa is a new Moroccan inspired spa situated in South London within Dolphin Square. It offers various services to its clients – a range of 165 contemporary serviced apartments and seven different treatment rooms are offered to guests.

Spa Dolphin Square – Pimlico

This spa, located in a quiet and residential neighborhood in Westminster, includes services like rhassoul, salt-infused steam rooms and an authentic Moroccan style hammam.

This is described as the best place to combine relaxation, fitness and healthcare in one location.

London's Spas– Dolphin Square – Pimlico

Getting there

Dolphin Square

Chichester Street

London

SW1V 3LX

Phone

0207 798 6767

Spa hours

10am-8pm(monday-sunday)

APP: The Spa

the free app is the quickest way to check availability and request an appointment.

Luminis – Canary Wharf

Yes, we are talking about the Dove brand that we all know and use. The brand has extended its limits and in doing so has launched its own spa chain.

The ‘beauty for everyone’ brand offers a free skin diagnosis run by an expert. Afterwards, you can rely on one of their therapists to tailor a treatment based on your skin’s requirements.

Dove products are used in this spa.

London's Spas- Dove Spa- Myfair

Getting there

Virgin Active

West Ferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London

E14 8RR

Phone

020 7715 9271

Spa hours

10am-8.30pm(monday-friday)

9am-17.30am(saturday)

10am-16am(sunday)

ESPA Life at Corinthia – Covent Garden/Westminster

This spa is probably one of the most luxurious of our list. ESPA Life doesn’t only focus on the classic body treatments – facials, massages, steam showers – it also includes treatments that are focused on weight loss, pregnancy, sleep, detox, and vitality in more general terms.

Alongside the beautiful black Italian marble decor, a black mosaic steam room, a sauna and an ice fountain can also be found in this beautiful and luxurious spa.

ESPA Life at the Corinthia Hotel is situated at the heart of London and was voted Best Hotel Spa by Condé Nast Traveller for the year of 2012.

London's Spas- ESPA Life at Corinthia

Getting there

Whitehall Place

London

SW1A 2BD

Phone

+44 (0)20 7321 3050

Spa hours

6.30am-10pm(monday-friday)

7.30am-22pm(weekend)

Spa Experience London – Bethnal Green

Spa London is amongst the first affordable spas to offer a full day experience in London. Before 2007 (which is when Spa London first opened) the city had only seen pricey or luxurious day spas.

The place offers steam rooms, Turkish hammams and plunge pools.

London Spa Experience – Bethnal Green

The one in Bethnal Green isn’t the only Spa London in ‘the Big Smoke’. The second and newer opening of Spa London is located in Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre. Although this branch does offer various services and a good-value treatment menu, it does not offer a real full day spa just yet.

For the readers of ‘Complitely London’ there is the opportunity to win a spa day package for two, offered entirely by Spa London.

Spa experience London Bethnal Green - London's Spas

Getting there

York Hall Leisure Centre

Old Ford Road

London

Phone

+4402087095845

Spa hours

11am-8pm(monday-friday)

9am-7pm(saturday-sunday)

London Akasha Spa – Mayfair/Soho

The centrepiece of this central London-based spa is the 18-meter-long pool located right next to the Jacuzzi, sauna and hammam. Akasha spa offers nine separate private treatment rooms where it’s possible to relax and be treated to one of the classic services that spas offer.

London Akasha Spa offers an exclusive and indulgent Elixir Glacier facial, which uses rafts of Valmont’s luxurious Swiss products to cleanse, smooth away stress and brighten skin.

Akasha Luxury Spa - London's Spas

Getting there

Hotel Café Royal

68 Regent Street

London

W1B 4DY UK

Phone

+442074063333

Spa hours

6.30am-10pm(monday-friday)

8am-10pm(saturday-sunday)

About Relax Spa London – Covent Garden

This spa is spread out over two floors. The ground floor, with a contemporary look, offers an energising chair massage, whereas the first floor stages a very calm and luxurious environment, with treatment rooms that overlook St. Martin’s Courtyard.

Relax Spa - London's Spas

Open seven days a week, About Relax Spa London, is situated in the heart of Covent Garden and is renowned for its natural beauty treatments and for the very relaxed surroundings.

Like the first spa we mentioned, About Relax Spa London offers its own natural products for purchase.

London's spas Relax Spa – Covent Garden

Getting there

7 Mercer Street

Covent Garden

London

WC2H 9QJ

Phone

0207 494 3333

Spa hours

10am-9pm(monday-saturday)

12pm-8pm(sunday)

The Mandarin Oriental – Knightsbridge

The Mandarin Oriental is part of the hotel that carries the same name. Located in the streets of Knightsbridge, it is equipped with a vitality pool, a sauna, an amethyst crystal steam room and plenty of water facilities. The Mandarin Oriental spa boasts eight rooms for treatments, spread over two different floors.

The spa displays an Asian style in the facilities decor and it offers separate areas for women and men.

The signature Oriental Essence massage that is practiced in this spa is suggested for stressed out Londoners or travelers.

Mandarin Oriental - London's Spas

Getting there

66 Knightsbridge

London

SW1X 7LA

Phone

+44 (0)20 7235 2000

Spa hours

9am-10pm (Monday-Friday)

9am-9pm (Saturday-Sunday)

Spa Facilities

  • 8 treatment rooms, all with private showers
  • Extensive heat and water facilities including male and female sanariums, vitality pools and amethyst crystal steam rooms
  • Zen colour therapy relaxation area
  • Expert therapists and comprehensive list of holistic treatments
  • Experience showers in female changing rooms
  • Spa boutique

The Treatment

Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity Facial – The anti-ageing treatment began with a cleanse, then a gentle natural enzyme peel to resurface the skin. A ‘non-surgical facelift’ followed using micro-currents from the Aromatherapy Associates facial machine to stimulate the skin and allow deep active moisturisation that dramatically plumps and reduces fine lines.

The treatment finished with a bespoke massage to stimulate circulation and a scalp, neck and shoulder massage to relieve stress. My face felt fresh and glowing and actually slightly ‘lifted’. The lines around my forehead had definitely reduced. One of the most effective anti-ageing treatments I’ve tried.

Other Treatments

Oriental Harmony – Four hands work in unison in an experience that inspires a harmony of the senses. The treatment begins with a soothing foot bath in purifying waters, leaving the feet soft and supple and the mind relaxed. Next two therapists work together in time and movement. First, providing a warm scrub that smoothes and replenishes the skin, and later a harmonious massage that balances the body. The treatment concludes with a simultaneous head and foot massage leaving the mind uplifted, the body energised and the skin exotically fragrant.

Mandarin Oriental Experience – Inspired by the hotel’s oriental origins, the treatment includes a welcoming foot ritual, a signature spa therapy and a Utopia advanced anti-ageing facial.

The Porchester Spa – Royal Oak

Based in a 1920s building, it was refurbished in 2006 giving the whole place a different and more modern look. This is one of the most affordable spas named in this list. In fact, locals and non-locals frequent this place even just for a twenty-minute massage or a facial.

Some of the treatments mentioned above are discounted for those who reside within the surrounding facilities or in Royal Oak.

The Porchester Spa - London's Spas

Getting there

Bayswater

London

W2 5HS

Phone

020 7792 3980

Spa hours

10am-22pm(Monday-Saturday)

Tuesday-Thursday-Friday(ladies only)

Monday-Wednesday-Saturday(men only)

Chuan Spa – Oxford Circus

The last spa on our list is London’s first luxury spa, situated in the Chinese Medicine Centre. Their distinguishing treatment is the Chuan Balancing treatment. All you’ll have to do is answer a list of questions and wait for the result. Once you’ve done so, a therapist will treat you to a massage that is said to be so relaxing, it puts fifty percent of people to sleep.

We hope we’ve provided a comprehensive list for those in need of some TLC. If you’ve taken our advice and visited any of the above, we would love to hear your feedback. Please also feel free to share this list with any workaholics you know who might need it!

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Chuan Spa - London's Spas