Summer in London is often a whistle-stop affair. Blink and you’ll miss it. One day Londoners are rushing around in a scarf and thick coat, the next the temperature is hitting 80oF and bodies which were so well concealed under winter layers for the last eight months are suddenly bared to the world.
It’s about the same time that the majority of us develop envy for golden, summery soft skin. Luckily with so many spas in London there are a number of options to make your skin and body feel it’s best while on display—even if it is only for a fleeting moment.
The Spa at Chancery Court
The Spa at Chancery Court, has been named Day Spa of the Year twice at the British Beauty Awards, and is always introducing new treatments for its regulars. For summer skin there are a number of seasonal specials including The Summer Legs SOS which promises to leave your legs in perfect shape to show-off in shorts. The CoffeeBerry Slimming Complex involved in the treatment attacks problem areas, reducing fatty deposits and the appearance of cellulite, while the deeply stimulating massage and lymphatic techniques reduce sluggishness. After treatment be sure to lay back on the beds in the gold-leafed relaxation room.
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
020 7829 7058
Spa at Browns Hotel
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, The Spa at Brown’s hotel provides a haven of tranquility to escape and enjoy seasonally changing treatments. Treatments can be tailor-made to specific requirements and include a selection of Cariat massages, hi-tech anti-ageing facials, or even the Mama Mio treatment for new mums or mums-to-be. Home to three private treatment rooms, including one room for two, each has its own shower along with heated treatment beds with peaceful music and scented candles. Guaranteed you’ll leave feeling relaxed and 100 percent lush.
Spa at Browns, Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle St, W1
020 7518 4009
The Berkeley Spa
With relaxing massages and revitalizing beauty treatments, a day at The Berkeley’s luxury London spa will leave you looking and feeling fabulous. The Hydramemory 24-hour hydrating treatment is particularly well suited to skin that needs revitalizing. Hibiscus and honey work to retain moisture, whilst the special ingredient Trehalose, taken from a desert plant, works to increase moisture and leave the skin feeling silky smooth.
The Berkeley Spa, The Berkeley hotel, Wilton Place, SW1
020 7235 6000
The Porchester Spa
London’s oldest spa has been soothing locals in the Grade II listed Victorian building since 1929. Still, you don’t come here expecting white fluffy towels or new and exotic treatments. The Porchester Spa is a back-to-basics vault of traditional steam rooms, Turkish hot baths, and a newly installed Finnish steam cabin. Other therapeutic and revitalizing treatments such as wraps, facials and massages are available but if your looking for no-frills time out of the city and want to leave with super soft skin, you’re in the right place.
Queensway, W2 5HS
020 7792 3980
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
The Mandarin Oriental Spa, is a celebrity favourite. Jennifer Aniston is rumoured to have spent hours here enjoying the zen atmosphere and top eastern-inspired treatments. Therapies combine both ancient and contemporary techniques to heal your body, mind, and spirit. The popular Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapy treatments each begin with an in-depth consultation to determine your state of well-being and then oils are tailor made to suit your current and personal needs.
66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
020 7235 2000