Perfect for quieting meddlesome minds.
Forget everything you think you know about spa treatments. Here, in a quiet corner of the COMO Metropolitan on Park Lane, there are no water features, hot tubs or options to add prosecco to your treatment. Instead, you’re welcomed with an invigorating cup of ginger tea and ushered, in gentle tones, into a sleek and minimalist treatment room. The focus here is on lifelong wellness and taking a pause from your hectic city existence, rather than snuggling in soothing fluffy robes. Though the robes are super soft, FYI. Its signature massage (£120 for 60 mins, £135 for 75) is a lesson in really taking the time to reset. The long, assured strokes, with hands rhythmically moving along the entire length of your body (they recommend you go nude), create a powerful, almost trance-like sensation that will quiet even the most meddlesome of minds. After 90 minutes I felt feeling peaceful, refreshed and genuinely rebalanced. Almost ready to take on the Central line again. Ellie Walker-Arnott
Life in London can be tense. We gird ourselves with overcrowded commutes, contorting into unlikely gaps on the tube. We hunch over technology all day long, sit through stressful meetings and stay at our desks late into the evening, often finishing it off by slumping to scroll through pictures of our mates on holiday. Even if we find time in our days for an hour or two of proper fun, mindful quiet or the endorphin hit of a sweaty exercise class, we still have tired feet, tight muscles and shoulders in need of soothing. Enter the spas and studios in London dedicated to massaging the city back to health. Permit yourself a break, put your slippered feet up and let these amazing treatments work their magic.
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