Raffles at the OWO Hotel and Spa Opens
Steeped in history and architectural splendor, the grade II listed icon, Britain’s Old War Office, emerges from a monumental six-year renovation this month to reveal the majestic Raffles Hotel. Its transformation not only unveils the UK’s first Raffles Hotel but also boasts 85 distinct private residences, nine vibrant restaurants, three iconic bars and, of course, the spa.
For history junkies, getting to reside in a room where Winston Churchill made some of his key decisions or Bond creator Ian Fleming may well have written would be enough – but when you throw in their 25-foot ceilings complete with glorious cornicing, wood panelling and marble fireplaces, you get a hotel experience that’s truly unique.
Taking centre stage in the realm of beauty and wellness is Guerlain’s very first London Spa, adding a touch of French elegance to this iconic English setting. Spanning four luxurious levels, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. With nine opulent treatment suites, relaxation lounge, vitality pool, sauna, steam and experience showers, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day in the city.
Fitness enthusiasts haven’t been forgotten about, with elite training provided by performance coach Harry Jameson and the renowned Pillar Wellbeing team. The state-of-the-art Technogym-equipped facility ensures every workout is both challenging and rewarding, and membership is available upon request. Post-workout or spa, guests can indulge in a nutritious treat at the Pillar Kitchen & Juice Bar. From nutritionist-designed revitalising juices to wholesome snacks, the offerings are a blend of taste and wellness.
But the crown jewel of this wellness hub is undoubtedly the 20-meter indoor swimming pool: set amidst opulent interiors, each lap feels like a dive into an era of bygone luxury.
Our verdict? Raffles at the OWO doesn’t just stand as a testament to London’s glorious past but also as a beacon for its luxurious future. Expect it to become one of London’s hottest spots.
Boudoir Lashes Announces New East London Location
Throughout her twenty-year journey in the beauty industry, Asma, the creative force behind Boudoir Lashes, has sculpted her reputation not through flamboyant advertising but whispered accolades. Gifted with a talent for crafting natural-looking lashes, it’s no wonder she’s captured the gaze of celebrities (she styled Pixie Lott’s lashes for her nuptials) and discerning beauty editors.
Alongside her ongoing residency in South Kensington, she has just opened a new studio in Gossamer City Project, a matte black collection of shipping containers turned commercial spaces, that house beauty experts and hip start-ups in the heart of East London. Asma’s is a cosy, private and calm space where you can get classic lashes as well as her new LED lash technique, plus a range of brow treatments (Asma’s love of beauty began with threading), facials, semi-permanent makeup, waxing and mani/pedis.
For those in East London seeking superior lash and beauty services, your search ends here. Asma also remains a top recommendation for brides-to-be, extending trials months before the wedding and ensuring availability for any touch-ups leading up to the big day.
Facialist Rosie Osborne Launches Treatments
Having honed her experience over the last 15 years – and most recently, at DESTINO favourite NYDG, facialist Rosie Osborne has now taken the plunge and set up on her own with a residency at the pristine boutique clinic, The Medical Salon, in the heart of South Kensington.
With a loyal list of high-profile clients, Rosie has curated a range of treatments that are bespoke, innovative and transformative. Long-term skin health is the aim here, so each session is always tailored meticulously to each client, allowing Rosie to tweak products and any devices used to ensure you leave with radiant skin.
We tried the Rosie Glow (£300), a dull-skin banishing combination that includes a peel, pulsed pressure oxygen and toning micro current. It was both relaxing and rejuvenating and left our parched post-summer skin looking dewy and new.
Café Volonté Opens Second Location in Piccadilly
Hot on the heels of their popular Chelsea location, the team at Café Volonté have opened a new location in Piccadilly.
On a mission to make eating, drinking and even snacking a celebration of nourishing, delicious cuisine, wellness takes centre stage as every menu item promises a harmonious blend of health and taste. Revel in their selection of smoothies or indulge in their delicious brunch options, wraps and grain bowls – it’s the perfect new spot to head to when you’re in need of some healthy rejuvenation.
Edward James Announces New Richmond Salon
As if we needed another excuse to head to the leafy and vibrant riverside borough of Richmond, Edward James has just opened the doors of his fourth south London salon right in the middle of bustling Hill Street.
While those across the river used to have to trek into central London for expert haircare, this opening means you can get brilliant styling and colour without the travel time. With its chic and airy interiors and an already renowned reputation for having a brilliant team of stylists and colourists, the Richmond branch is already a bustling hub of expertly coiffed blow-dries and shimmering balayage – they use Aveda colour here, which we’re big fans of. Top if off with a stroll by the river afterwards and you have the makings of a very good day, all without a train journey in sight.