Looking for the best spas in London? Whether you’re craving a girly day out, a special pick-me-up treat on the greyest of grey days, or you’re just in desperate need of some time out – we all need a little more day spa in our lives! Luckily, London actually has a lot to offer when it comes to day spas. From the super affordable Spa Experience to the ultra luxurious ESPA Life at Corinthia – there’s something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
So round up a group of gals (or if you’re short on pals then jump on our Facebook group and get networking) and head straight to your nearest spa. Here’s a roundup for the best spas in London and where to find them.
***Competition: The only thing better than a day at one of the best spas in London is when it’s TOTALLY FREE! London New Girl has teamed up with Spa Experience to offer two lucky winners an awesome free day out for them and a friend. Keep reading to find out how you can win a free 50-minute facial + day spa pass for you and a friend at a London spa.
Best spas in London – Top 8
Most affordable London spa: Spa Experience at York Hall
A day spa doesn’t necessarily mean dropping an entire week’s worth of wages in one go. I mean … it’s completely possible to do that, but the beauty of Spa Experience is that you don’t have to! Their whole concept is based on making day spas accessible and affordable for the whole community (allelujah!)
Spa Experience have a few different locations around London. The one in York Hall Bethnal Green is a popular one – it’s made up of a Turkish hammam, steam rooms and plunge pools alongside a full range of treatments. What I really love is that they offer either Women Only days, Mixed or Male Only, so you can choose which one you feel most comfortable with. You’ll also find Spa Experience spas in Kensington, Old Street/Islington, Swiss Cottage, Waltham Forest and Wimbledon.
Check out their website for more info.
Most luxurious London spa: ESPA Life at Corinthia
This lavish spa is found in Westminster and it’s hands down one of the best spas in London. Completely underground, it’s the perfect place to relax and leave the chaos of London behind. There’s a labyrinth of treatment rooms to discover, as well as steam rooms, pools, a thermal suite, jet pool, ice fountain and heated loungers. It’s all centred around an insanely beautiful glass-walled sauna amphitheatre! Alongside just enjoying the spa’s main area, there’s also a whole menu of treatments to choose from – massages, facials, body treatments – the works!
Trendiest London spa: Barber & Parlour at The Ned
The Ned has quickly become one of the places to be seen since it opened in 2017. Not only is it a hotel and members club, it’s also home to nine (!) restaurants, rooftop and indoor pools, a gym, a spa and a hammam! The spa is open to the public (by appointment, of course) and has treatments for every kind of budget. Get a quick manicure at Cheeky, a relaxing facial at Cowshed or indulge in a treatment at the Moroccan hammam.
Best London spa hotel: St Pancras Renaissance Spa
This spa is found in the heart of London and in one of my favourite hotels in the city – a decision based purely on the fact that Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ was filmed there. You’ll be welcomed into this Victorian-inspired spa with a fluffy robe and slippers, before getting shown around all the luxe facilities. Choose from massages, facials and hand/foot treatments, or indulge in one of their ‘Spa Journey’ concepts – full body pamper packages of up to 150 minutes.
If you prefer to just hide out for the day and not book a treatment, you can also enjoy the gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation pool for up to four hours, Monday – Thursday for £60.
Runner up: Mandarin Oriental Spa – Temporarily closed due to fire in June 2018. Anticipated re-opening in the fourth quarter of 2018
Best London Hammam: The Spa in Dolphin Square
This Pimlico-based spa is completely inspired by the Moroccan Hammam experience. You’ll be transported to a relaxing, beautiful and warm Moroccan space the moment you step inside. The treatments really range from the simplest – mani/pedi/spray tans, to the most indulgent full body treatments. Try the Luxury Hammam treatment which will give you a top-to-toe cleansing over 55 minutes for £82. Those on a budget can enjoy a salt-infused steam room session from £20.
Fun fact: The mineral-rich water used at this spa is drawn from ‘the only working Artesian well in the City of Westminster’.
Best London express spa: Cowshed Primrose Hill
Cowshed Primrose Hill is found in one of those ridiculously beautiful, quaint neighbourhoods in London. Although I must admit that I love all Cowshed spas, this one is particularly lovely thanks to its chic location on Regents Park Road. Here you’ll find four mani-pedi stations, complete with comfy leather armchairs and individual mini TVs. There are also seven treatment rooms downstairs for all things facial / massage / waxing, etc.
With plenty of options for those short on time, Cowshed definitely deserve the title as one of the best spas in London when it comes to express treatments. Choose from a Speedy Manicure, ExpressLED Facial, a 15 minute Scalp Massage or a Speedy Pedicure, with prices starting from £15.
Best day spa in London: Bamford Haybarn Spa at the Berkeley
If it’s a chic, countryside day spa experience that you’re after, look no further that the Bamford Haybarn Spa. This space immediately transports you to your own private slice of the Cotswolds countryside. Only you’re still in central London. This rustic-style spa’s biggest feature is its rooftop pool with a retractable ceiling for the warm, sunny days.
This spa wins the Best Day Spa title because of its selection of incredible half- and full-day packages. Warning, they’re not exactly cheap, but they’re wonderfully indulgent and can you really put a price on relaxation? Ok, you can put a price on it. It starts at £265 for half-day access, including a range of treatments and a glass of champagne.
Win a day at the London Spa Experience
Spa Experience have given all you brilliant London New Girls the chance to win a free spa day session with treatment for you and a friend! Two winners will be chosen and each winner can bring a friend along.
The Prize: A free 50-minute Elemis Superfood Pro Radiance facial treatment for the winner and a friend, plus unlimited use of the Thermal Spa facilities on the same day at London’s Spa Experience York Hall. The facial treatment alone is worth £70 and gives your skin a nutritional boost, is rich in superfoods and essential minerals designed to pack stressed, dull skin with energising, detoxifying actives. Yes please!
Competition Entry: It’s super simple to enter!
1. Follow the brand new @londonnewgirl account on Instagram;
2. Find the competition post on the Instagram account and comment on it to enter. If you tag a friend in your comment, you’ll get two entries!
The Winner: Competition entries close 23:59 09/09/2018. Two winners will be selected at random before 12/09/2018. Winners will be contacted via Instagram Direct Message within 48 hours (so keep an eye on your inbox!)
T&C’s: Maximum of two entries per person – second entry is only possible by tagging a friend in the comments on the competition Instagram post.
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