Want to make the most out of your time in London, but not crazy about spending time pub-hopping? Why not try spa-hopping instead? Make sure to get a great night’s sleep too to feel truly pampered, darling.
Sleeping around, in London:
– Blake’s: Chelsea
Expect decadent British style at this gorgeous boutique hotel located in South Kensington. Surrounded by gorgeous London architecture, this chic hotel is one of a kind.
Designed by Anouska Hempel, this refurbished multimillion-pound couture hotel is a world of grandeur and decadence. Black walls contrast against brass trim details and pin stripe fabrics. The lobby is welcoming with a gorgeous roaring fireplace, and adjacent to the bar and restaurant perfect place to perch and regroup for any weary traveller.
Unbeknown to me (but becoming more obvious as the night went by) The Dining Room, attracts some of the world’s most famous movie stars, actors and designers who head here for an intimate setting, and the city’s coolest social scene.
The rooms themselves are each different. Some are a mix of rich woods and fiery deep reds; whilst others are all black with velvet details and an abundance of marble.
For example, the Corfu Suite showcases a tall four-poster bed swathed in romantic pure-white muslin, and the Empress Josephine Suite, where opulent shades of ebony and gold shroud the tented bed. All of the rooms are insanely romantic and will make you feel like a princess for sure.
–Leman Locke: Aldgrige East
A brand new boutique hotel specifically designed with the young, creative, professionals guest in mind, Leman Locke is a cool alternative to other accommodation options in London. Located in a trendy East London, the rooms are designed to look and feel like a well designed small apartment – perfect for one and still great for two.
The soft warm pink palette is a fantastic contrast to the steel staircase and concrete structure which dominates the space. The other great touches are the grey and white marble on the lobby coffee counter and custom designed furniture that works to complement and soften the space.
A perfectly made latte or flat white can be found at the ground floor cafe, served by tattoo-clad hipster-vibe barista. A good representation of the type of clientele the hotel might expect and have purposely designed for; creative, successful, entrepreneurial types who are looking for value for money in a well design space with great views.
Spa’s in London:
The colder months in London can be tough on the skin, so what better to way to get the glow back than with a revitalizing facial?
Hearing all the great things about the stunning Rosewood Hotel, I was sure the Spa would be just as impressive. I couldn’t leave London without trying out the Sense Spa at Rosewood London – an urban sanctuary within the five-star luxury Holborn hotel.
Sense Spa has sleek, Asian-inspired interiors and a seductive atmosphere with dimmed lighting, glowing lanterns and aromatic aromas filling the air.
Ideally arrive 30 minutes before the treatment to be able to relax in the detoxing sauna and steam room, followed by some QT in the sanctuary room where you can help yourself to healthy snacks, herbal teas and fresh juice. The spa facilities have a private feel and are located in the separate changing rooms with bamboo and slate walls and underfloor heating.
The skin care experts at FACE PLACE have been trusted by Hollywood for over 40 years, famously coveted by A-listers and beauty aficionados at their West Hollywood and New York Clinics – now available in London too.
My 90 minute facial seemed to pass by in a flash. Starting with steam and a gentle face massage, my skin and body was transported into a blissfully happy state. The signature facial is a more clinical approach, which combines skilled extraction techniques with galvanic current to deliver improved skin tone, firmness, fewer lines and a clearer complexion. It’s a combination of techniques which delivers as promised – I met a friend afterwards for lunch at Holburn, who mentioned my skin looked “glowing” (without being prompted!). 100% worth it.
–Bulgari, Day Spa Bulgari Hotel, London
I was especially excited to experience the spa at the exclusive Bulgari hotel. Everything Bulgari is associated with luxury, opulence, style and class, and the Spa within the hotel did not disappoint. Elegant and minimal, the spa still managed to create a sense of warm and serenity.
The 60 minute massage was the perfect amount of pressure and the selected fragrant oils left me feeling invigorated.
After the massage we took advantage of the indoor heated huge lap pool and relaxed in our robes by the pool afterwards, where we got to snack on fruits, nuts and teas – a whole well-rounded well-being experience.
After a swim, we changed and indulged in the high-tea. What a treat… champagne, petite cakes and desserts, small enough not to feel guilty.
Urban Retreat, Harrods
Just like any hair salon really, but your treated like a princess and it just happens to be one of London’s most sort after hair spots. Great head massage perfection effortless blow-out look. This is why you wait for an appointment to open up. It also didn’t hurt that my stylist was pretty gorgeous.
The products they stock are also amazing and make sure you pick up a few items to take home with you to feel pampered even when it’s just you in the shower. They have every luxury you need for hair, skin and beauty, including brands such as Laura Mericer, GHD and Hourglass just to name a few.
Just a word of advice though, make sure you’re ready to purchase a pair if shoes on your way out… when the spa is just next to the never-ending shoe salon, how can you resist? Well, you only live once.