The best rooftop pool in London
There are a lot of reasons to visit the Bamford Haybarn Spa nestled on top of the five star Knightsbridge hotel.
Unlike the more ornate décor of the lobby and bars, the vibe at the 7th floor spa is chic and minimal, decked out in clean white and greys, decorated with ‘natural’ ephemera like tidy hay bails and twig coat hooks. It feels like someone went wild with a ‘modern country house’ Pinterest pinboard.
Similarly to the interior, the treatments are simple and well considered, using Oskia London products, which pride themselves on being organic, pure and natural. They offer the classic range of body and face treatments with a few wild cards thrown in, including the Gold Fine Body Wrap, which uses champagne (for your skin, not to drink sadly). We tried a Bamford Body Signature Treatment (£150), which was 85 minutes of rubbing bliss, including some hot stone action, a bit of reflexology and a smattering of other different techniques which I couldn’t differentiate but all felt very nice.
The people watching is also top notch, mainly consisting of well-heeled hotel guests, the gym is excellently kitted out and has lovely views over the park and there's a small sauna and steam room in the changing rooms.
But let’s cut to the chase - the main draw here is the idyllic roof top swimming pool and surroundings. The picturesque pool is the one of the nicest places in London to go for a dip on a sunny day. After you’ve had a splash about, recline on a pool-side lounger or in the leafy garden patio with one of the free magazines and a bite to eat (with a glass of bubbles, obvs).
Sadly the day we went was rainy but that wasn't a problem. A sturdy roof was pulled across and although we missed the blazing sunshine and lido vibes, it still felt like a luxurious indoor pool.
Check the weather forecast and then book a treatment for a sunny day where you can have a do some poolside relaxing. Or forget the treatment and just buy a day pass for £150 and camp out for a whole day of seriously chilled rays.
|Venue name:||The Berkeley Spa|
|Opening hours:||Open 6.30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm Sat, Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner|
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