Best for: Beautiful surroundings.
Did you know that in the centre of London, just off the Strand, there's an underground ruins of some Roman baths? Did you know that those baths have now been turned into an, honestly, dreamy spa. Stepping into Aire Ancient Baths is like entering an otherworldly space. You're guided through a series of stone-walled, mood-lit, bergamot-scented corridors to thousand+ year old caverns that are now different bathing spaces: think salt baths you can float in, super hot pools, super cold pools, basically every iteration of pool you can imagine as well as a steam room and sauna. Plus, the treatments are brilliant here too. The massages here are individualised and ultra-relaxing.
Are you tired? We certainly are. The past couple of years haven’t quite been the most relaxing in all of history. In fact, what we could really do with right now is to lock ourselves in a steam room without our phones, Zoom, our laptops or our worries and spend a few hours getting roasted like a turkey.
London’s spas reopened on April 12 (with the exception of saunas and steam rooms, which returned a little later). Now, if you want to spend an afternoon, or even a whole weekend, getting pampered you can. Of course, things look a little different. Spa staff now wear PPE and some businesses may choose not to offer certain treatments. But it’s all in the name of safety.
Here we've rounded up the very best spas in London right now – from glorious ancient baths to the best sciencey spots for hi-tech facials. They've been picked to suit a range of budgets and tastes – but we guarantee they're all sure to deliver a lovely time.