Neighbouring the iconic city landmark, 30 St Mary Axe – the Gherkin building to you and I – Thai Square Spa City (another Thai Square Spa can be found in Covent Garden) is a welcome respite to the suits and busy-body’s that hectically parade the streets of the financial district.
Guests are welcomed warmly, literally, with a complimentary aromatic ginger tea which they can enjoy right after they’ve changed in the super clean, well lit and secure changing room. Clothes and belongings are left in a locker as one needs to change into a comfy dressing gown, traditional Thai flip-flops and err…disposable underwear. Essential really, as things get a bit oily.
Once introduced to your designated, smiling masseur you’ll be led to the room in which your body and senses will be taken on a soothing journey for the next hour or so. In a gentle ambience of soft light and melodic Thai music playing in the background guests will be treated to a foot massage first whilst sipping their tasty tea. Thoughtful little touches like a pretty bowl of water with floating rose petals to make eye contact with when lying down on the bed really make the space, while there are there are numerous treatments to suit any needs.
From facials to ritual hair remedies, body treatments include exotic scrubs and botanical wraps, traditional Thai massages and Thai herbal healers; the royal treatments, however, are the icing on the cake. Though a tad pricey – £150 for Thai square royal jade (1hr 30mins) and £240 for Siamese courtiers remedy (2hrs 30mins) – they alleviate total relaxation by loosening tight muscles and improving circulation so the body feels completely revitalised.
A Thai Square Spa treatment will ensure a smile is left on your face when you leave and will remain there as you float past the Gherkin and the suits.
Book your massage on the Thai Square Spa website: http://www.thaisquarespa.com/
The May Fair Spa
A classy hotel needs a classy spa, which is exactly what The May Fair provides. Guests are asked to attend an hour before their treatment in order to prepare their body and soul by making use of the Relaxation Room, Herbal Sauna, Aromatic Steam Room and the Three Experience shower, which includes a Forest Mist.
Aman Spa at The Connaught
The therapists at the Aman Spa are experts in providing their clients with a truly tranquil treatment since they each practice meditation on a daily basis in order to find inner balance. The treatments are drawn from all around the world – China, Thailand, India and the Americas – each tailored to suit different requirements.
Four Seasons Spa
What better way to begin a spa treatment than with spectacular views of London? Located on the tenth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel this rooftop spa has nine treatment rooms, each of which offers optimum natural light and wonderful views of the city. Don’t worry though; guests can relax if it’s a particularly bright day as the room will be darkened once the treatment begins.
Away Spa in W Hotel
The W Hotel is very proud of its sixth-floor spa, which features a retail beauty boutique, a sauna, a steam room, a relaxation lounge, and a detox/refuel area. Most of all though, they are proud of their expert team of therapists who are renowned in their field: Su Man Hsu, facialist; James Harknett, tanning artist; Ruthie Belle, expert on eyelash extensions; Dr Wong, aesthetics; and Sergio Giannasso, hair and make-up.
Marriott County Hall Hotel Spa
Located on Westminster Bridge Road the Hotel and Spa can count the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye as neighbours, while the river is practically on the doorstep. The experts use only the finest products, such as Decleor, Carita, Espa and Murad, to leave customers feeling completely rejuvenated.