Craving some calm? A luxurious day in one of the top spas in London might be just what you need. Luckily, there are hidden sanctuaries of serenity dotted all around the city. From next-level hotel spa experiences to secret subterranean hideaways, the perfect spa destination awaits – if you know where to look.
Whether you’re after an innovative treatment or Instagram-worthy pool, we’ve rounded up the best spas in Central London for finding relaxation in the city.
The Best Spas In Central London
There are spas, and then there are spas created by Claridge’s…
2022 saw the London hotel institute announce the opening of its brand new spa – the most iconic opening of the year. The stunning interior is well worth a visit in itself – with a design reminiscent of Japanese temples and Zen gardens in Kyoto, using natural elements like limestone, wood and water to create the same feeling.
Built three floors down, as part of an ambitious hotel renovation, the spa boasts a swimming pool, personalised five-star treatments, and big beauty brands like Josh Wood and FaceGym joining them in-house to cater to your every need.
Where: Brook Street, London W1K 4HR
A name with a lot to live up to, and it really does, as Heavenly Spa is a sensory experience – a place to celebrate silence, luxuriate in some much-needed separation from technology, and enjoy a time of personal reflection and contemplation. The spa aims to touch the seven senses, meaning the physical senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and scent, as well as the psychological senses of emotion and meaning.
The spa includes 5 treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure room plus relaxation room and a thermal suite including a sauna, steam room, ice fountain and sensory shower and a WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio plus a divine 12 metre swimming pool and vitality pool.
Where: 60 Upper Thames St., London EC4V 3AD
Far below Covent Garden, a subterranean world awaits in one of the most hidden spas in Central London. AIRE, on Robert Street, offers guests an experience in their dungeonesque, candlelit spa.
The atmospheric exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings, along with the various marble clad pools are ideal for relaxation, seemingly a world away from the busy streets above.
Amid the 18th century foundations of the townhouses above choose from various treatments or enjoy the seven separate baths and temperatures from Frigidarium (14ºC and 10ºC) through to the Vaporium, or steam room.
Where: 2-3 Robert St, London WC2N 6BH
One of the newest spas in Central London, spend a blissful day focusing on your mind and body at Pan Pacific London on their world-class wellbeing destination floor dedicated exclusively to holistic health. Their treatments infuse Western science and clinical research with South East Asian traditions of clean beauty, focusing on results-driven relaxation techniques and tailor-made seasonal rituals.
Book in for the Ultimate Pan Pacific London Seasonal Wellbeing Treatment this new year and you’ll receive a Holistic Rejuvenating Massage with an essential oil mixing experience that will improve your blood circulation, and loosen up tendons and muscle stiffness. The treatment is designed to pair with the Remineralising & Hydration Facial, using sea algae, vitamins, peppermint and spirulina peel-off masks for brighter, hydrated and relaxed skin.
Where: 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
Say zig-a-zig-ahhhhh as you relax in the pool that didn’t make it into the Spice Girls Wannabe video. Not that we can forget that the rest of the hotel featured heavily in the utterly iconic ’90s music vid.
Away from Girl Power, Victorian elegance meets Middle Eastern allure downstairs. Deep beneath the gothic structure above, the luxury spa, in what was once the hotel’s steam kitchens, offers various treatments, a fitness centre, steam rooms as well as a beautiful pool.
Where: Euston Rd, London NW1 2AR
Sea Containers London’s chic urban spa agua London offers up a signature treatment menu with Hedrow by agua, the spa’s range of seasonal products, made from British hedgerows and the indigenous flora that can be found within them.
The six core ingredients are Lemon Balm, Rosemary, St John’s Wort, Peppermint, Comfrey and Marigold, and they’re delivered through massage, utilising techniques drawn from herbalism and aromatherapy. These core ingredients used throughout the spa’s treatment menu offer several benefits to both the mind and body, including improved circulation, increased antioxidant activity, and a reduction of anxiety and inflammation.
And it’s not just the treatments that are incredible – just look at those interiors. Pure glamour and sophistication.
Where: 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Unless you’re being visited by a masseuse on your private jet, you’re probably not going to get a better view from a spa anywhere in town. Shangri-La The Shard is perched close to the top of London’s iconic Shard, and the 52nd floor Sky Pool is the tallest infinity pool in Europe.
Treatments including massages, beauty treatments, nails and make-up are available in the hotel’s treatment rooms, or just sit back and enjoy the view poolside.
Where: 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9QU
A hidden oasis in the heart of London offering luxury treatments combining conventional techniques with modern technology. A calming escape from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square, Away Spa offers a huge range of beautifying treatments.
With the Coco-Loco treatment, a pure coconut massage will leave you rejuvenated and refreshed, while a facial will bring energy back to the skin counteracting the effects of stress, pollution and lifestyle aging. The experience is rounded off with AwaySpa cocktail or mocktail.
Where: 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF
With an enviable London location straddling Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair, there are few better places to unwind than The Lanesborough Club & Spa, spanning an incredible 18,000ft² with five treatment rooms, a restaurant, and multiple relaxation lounges.
Offering a truly all-encompassing, 360° approach to wellbeing, the spa prides itself on partnering with global, pioneering brands and experts in the fields of health, fitness, and beauty, including brand-new spa partner, Royal Fern – a revolutionary plant-based discovery in skincare founded by world-renowned dermatologist, Dr. Timm Golueke. Guests can exclusively experience the Signature Royal Fern Treatment; a luxurious facial treatment encouraging a youthful, sculpted, and firmer appearance dubbed the famous ‘Royal Fern Radiance’. Harnessing the anti-aging and antioxidative powers of the fern, the facial combines stimulating massage techniques that lift, drain, and sculpt with personally selected Royal Fern products adapted to each individual’s skin type. After your treatment, relax in the Club & Spa’s various thermal suites and impressive hydrotherapy pool.
Where: 2 Lanesborough Place London SW1X 7TA
This luxe skincare clinic is the go-to destination for targeted treatments in special relaxation rooms. Revitalise your skin with one of Pietro Simone’s signature facials.
We love the sound of The Aurum Radiance Infusion (£475) which embodies the height of luxury with a 24-karat gold activation peel and regenerative massage to increase collagen and brighten the complexion.
WHERE: 7-12 HALF MOON ST, LONDON W1J 7BH
The Rena Spa at NYX Hotel London Holborn is as eye-catching as it is relaxing. Taking the hotel’s eclectic style to the basement, luxuriate in the pool while a fifteen-foot leopard eyes you from the sidelines.
Facilities include a swimming pool, a fully equipped gym as well as a spa pool, sauna, and steam room. Treatments include an indulgent range of treatments from cult French beauty brand Caudalie and you can enjoy a massage or a professional facial or manicure while you visit.
Whether you’re looking to work out or stretch out, the spa has you covered.
Where: 50 – 60 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR
The spa and wellness facilities at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square allow you to connect to London’s Roman past and indulge in ritual bathing on a heated marble plinth at the hotel’s Hammam.
An array of private treatment rooms offer visitors relaxing anti-stress treatments, from body treatments to calming facials, or just chill out (figuratively) in the sauna. The centrepiece is one of London’s sleekest pools.
Where: 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Soho House’s most ambitious project to-date, The Ned, is probably most well-known for its array of incredible eateries and beautiful restored-bank interiors. However in teh subterranean depths of the private members club is also a Cowshed spa.
Set around a 20-metre indoor pool there’s a sauna, steamroom, traditional Moroccan hammam and eight treatment rooms. Get a treatment and a haircut while you’re at it. Perfect for a lunchbreak relax or an afternoon of pleasure.
Where: 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ
Offering a unique fusion of Indian wellness philosophy and luxury British innovation, The Jiva Spa is a dedicated space to preserve skin, body and soul. Inspired by the very meaning of the word Jiva (‘inner force’), the spa blends ancient secret techniques and ingredients, offering the perfect amalgamation to heal the mind, body and spirit.
The spa offers four 120-minute signature Jiva experiences, priced at £180 each, including Vishuddi an exfoliation using silk gloves to stimulate the circulation of blood, lymph and energy, followed by a traditional Indian herb wrap, soothing bath, and full body lymphatic drainage massage to leave you in an optimum state of well-being.
Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6BS
Beneath the graceful exterior of this crisp Whitehall iceberg lies a subterranean darkness that’s alluring and luxurious in equal parts.
ESPA Life spa offers visitors a gym and thermal floor, an incredible pool, a vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna and steam room. As if that wasn’t enough there’s also an ice fountain as well as relaxation areas and ‘experience showers’.
And the best thing is that when you’re done with wellness, you can saunter upstairs and enjoy a slap up meal at Tom Kerridge’s wonderful Kerridge’s Bar & Grill. As far as spas in Central London go – this is absolutely one of the best.
Where: Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD
Unusually for a property of The Franklin’s size, this Knightsbridge hotel’s basement is home to a hammam where guests can unwind in the hot steam after a hard day’s sightseeing or shopping.
Beauty treatments and massages are also available in-room from the wellness menu, and while you do have to be a hotel guest to visit, the smart townhouse property is well-worth it for a night of indulgence.
Where: 24 Egerton Gardens, London SW3 2DB