This laid-back day spa arrived in London from New York in 2001 and is still one of the most highly regarded spas in the UK, with its numerous fans including a number of celebrities. Among its most popular treatments are the Triple Oxygen Treatment facial, Blissage 75 massage and Hot Cream Manicure. For the ultimate in relaxation, opt for the hour-long Rhythm & Bliss, which involves being massaged to the beat of one of four choices of music played through a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and is guaranteed to drive away any stress or knots.
Bliss, 60 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DD, +44 (0)20 7590 6146
Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa
Aveda is known for its natural, eco-friendly approach to beauty, and its flagship spa is the perfect place to stop off after a day of shopping in Covent Garden. It offers everything from hair styling, waxing and massages to facials, manicures and pedicures. We recommend the 60-minute Stress-Fix Manicure, which uses Aveda’s Stress-Fix range to calm and relax, and combines a scrub, filing, cuticle work and polish to finish, as well as a neck massage for total de-stressing.
Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, 174-177 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA, +44 (0)20 7759 7355
Away Spa at W London
Situated in the heart of the West End on the sixth floor of the W London hotel, the Away Spa is the ideal place to drift off after a long-haul flight. Designed to help customers unwind in a tranquil and soothing environment, all treatments are tailor-made to suit skin and body concerns. We tested the Away Signature Massage and emerged rejuvenated and re-energised after our highly trained therapist created a bespoke oil blend to suit our mood and needs. Be sure to make the most of the sauna and steam rooms before the treatment.
Away Spa at W London, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF, +44 (0)20 7758 1071
Urban Retreat at Harrods
The fifth floor of London’s legendary Harrods department store is home to one of the city’s premier beauty spas. With 32 beauty rooms and 45 styling stations, Urban Retreat offers a range of specialist luxury treatments for body, face and hair. One of its most popular hair treatments is the much-loved Brazilian Blowdry, a two-hour treatment which uses keratin, white clay and cocoa butter to revitalise hair, leaving it sleek, manageable and amazingly shiny for up to three months afterwards. The treatment also banishes frizz and smoothes out waves, cutting down on styling time.
Urban Retreat at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL, +44 (0)20 7893 8333
Luxury British brand Elemis, known for its cult range of anti-ageing skincare products, including the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, has one of the most inviting day spas in the capital. Tucked away in one of the most secluded corners of Mayfair, it offers customers a calm and peaceful experience. There is a variety of tailored treatments on the menu, such as detox and body cleansing, bespoke treatments for men, a range of facials, mother-to-be massages and even rituals to enable couples to unwind together.
Elemis Day-Spa, 2-3 Lancashire Court, London W1S 1EX, +44 (0)20 7499 4995