Days of indulgence
Rest, relaxation and even a little retail therapy on our days of indulgence
Are you feeling tired? Run down? is the weight of the world is on your shoulders? You need to treat yourself. Here are the places to get pampered: one for the ladies, one for the gents, and one for those feeling particularly flush.
Day of indulgence: Ladies
Choose from the likes of a half-hour Escape in the City Salt Scrub, or the spa's signature Gym & Tonic, in which your body is cleansed, body brushed and exfoliated, before being treated to an aromatherapy massage and warm marine mask.
- Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road, NW3 3NF
Now that you're feeling a bit more fresh-faced, ease your way back into the world with a serene browse in Luna & Curious. The stock is curated by a collective of young artisans: you'll find jewellery, masks, ceramics, and many more things that would look truly lovely on your dressing table.
- 24- 26 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
- Rated as: 4/5
Betray even a passing interest in loose-leaf tea and the wonderful staff at this Spitalfields teahouse will happily share their seemingly endless knowledge. Sit up at the long, wooded bar by the hot water taps and you can watch them brewing your choice using the traditional Chinese method of gongfu.
- 6 Lamb Street, E1 6EA
Day of indulgence: Gentlemen
This traditional Mayfair barber has been pampering men since 1875, which must mean they know what they're doing. Pick up aftershave balms, razors and shaving brushes, or settle in for a manicure, facial or traditional wet shave.
- 9 Curzon Street, W1J 5HQ
- Rated as: 5/5
There's no other way to round off a day of indulgence than with some of the best steak money can buy. You'll find it at Hawksmoor Spitalfields, alongside other intensely meaty and manly options. The top-quality cuts are from the renowned London butcher Ginger Pig.
- 157 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
Day of indulgence: The sky's the limit
For the height of luxury, head to the heights of The Berkeley Spa's open-top swimming pool, which overlooks Hyde Park. When you've had your fill of floating and celebrity spotting, head inside for a luxurious treatment.
- The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL
Dress like the Duchess of Cambridge with trousers from Trilogy on High Street Kensington. Staff will help you find the jeans of your dreams, with a personal styling suite and one-hour alteration service. Your thighs will thank you.
- 22 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP
- Rated as: 5/5
Gentrification has sunk its claws into this once-scruffy boozer, which makes it the perfect place to show off your new jeans, sip on a delicious cocktail created by a friendly bartender, and watch the lively crowd of Notting Hillbillies at play.
- 171 Portobello Road, W11 2DY