Destination: Claridge's Spa
Claridge’s spa offering was always going to be a big deal: a team of up to 400 builders took seven years to excavate five floors beneath the beloved 200 year-old hotel (much of it done by hand so that the hotel could remain noise-free and open above) to make room for a 7000 sq ft spa – so by the time its opening rolled around earlier this week anticipation had reached an all-time high.
Designed by renowned architect Andre Fu and inspired by his trips to Japan’s traditional temples and Zen gardens, its interiors are a bastion of chic, calm, luxury. Conceptualised by Inge Theron, the founder of FaceGym, it features a swimming pool (with sumptuous day beds set back between stone columns for added privacy), a steam room, sauna, oak-panelled treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and a hair salon run by Josh Wood.
Calming Japanese elements have been weaved in from both a design point of view (throughout you’ll find a mix of soothing limestone, wood and water features) but also from a mood perspective – rituals like their traditional welcome foot bathing ceremony, custom incense and handmade herbal poultices, force even the most stressed-out minds to slow down.
Treatment wise, they’ve hunted down a delectable selection of experts and brands to ensure enviable results – nail artist Harriet Westmoreland and acupuncturist Ross J Barr have residencies, Augustinus Bader is the skincare partner, La Eva has designed a collection of “uplifting and transporting” body treatments and of course FaceGym’s famed “facial workout” treatments have been given a Claridge’s spin – they’re longer to further increase results and relaxation.
It’s safe to say the wait for Claridge’s first ever spa has been worth it.
Destination: By Dr Vali, 360 Experiential Centre, Selfridges
There was palpable excitement at the launch party of Dr. Vali’s new wellness clinic. Having made a name for herself as a cosmetic dermatologist (her invite-only client list is rumoured to contain royalty, supermodels and some of the world’s biggest CEOs), this innovative clinic offers some seriously enticing treatments covering skin, face, smile, hair, body and wellness.
The treatment list is extensive. From expertly administered aesthetic treatments to medical facials, laser therapies, IV drips and wellness biohacking programs that help to completely overhaul your wellbeing. Prescription grade medical facials, injectables, skin repair programmes, laser therapies, body contouring and oxygen therapy that takes place in a hyperbaric chamber designed by NASA round out the offering.
The interiors feel more akin to a spa than a clinic, thanks to heated curved beds, deep red walls and flatscreen TVs, plus there’s a herbal bar with prescription-grade supplements and teas that you can relax at before or after treatments.
The approach is considered (you can’t even get botox without a thorough 360 consultation), which enables results to be completely tailored, impactful and long-lasting.
Treatment: Glowfhilo at Waterhouse Young
If summer has left your skin feeling in need of some TLC, then Glowfhilo is a great pick-me-up.
Created by Waterhouse Young‘s in-house aesthetic expert, Dr. Paris, it comprises a PCA “no peel” peel followed by hydrating Profhilo. This combination means that it gently exfoliates and nourishes the surface of the skin to get rid of any dullness, congestion and pigmentation that the summer may have caused, offering an instant glow, while the Profhilo gets to work delivering hydrating Hyaluronic acid for long-lasting radiance and helping to firm the skin.
The peel goes first and aside from some very mild tingling and slight redness immediately afterwards (which fades within minutes) it’s a quick and easy step. It’s followed by the Profhilo injections, of which there are five on each side of your face, which do sting but thankfully it’s over quickly. The treatment takes just 45 minutes and results can be seen immediately via glossier, clearer looking skin but most of all after 1 week post-peel, with optimal results from Profhilo kicking in after 8 weeks (and a second session).
The package isn’t online, so call to book and ask for Glowfhilo. Price £600 per session with two sessions 4-6 weeks apart being recommended.
Destination: Townhouse, Liverpool Street
There is no stopping Townhouse, who opened their Kensington salon in July and have just opened the doors to a brand new site in Spitalfields. It’s another impressive offering from a brand that is quickly expanding, bringing all of the beloved Townhouse hallmarks to east London: beautiful, grown-up nail-art designs, sumptuous pedicure chairs and arguably the chicest nail bar area you’ll have seen.
This is a digitally progressive salon with bookings all taken online and the ability to select your nail shade from their online library beforehand. Look out for their seasonal nail looks – they always, pardon the pun, “nail” the latest and greatest trends.
Destination: Other Space, The Other House, South Kensington
Aiming to redefine how we travel (and live) The Other House comprises chic hotel-style apartments and aims to be a home-from-home members-club-come-private-residence, whether you book in to stay for a night or 6 months.
Onsite they’ve also built a delectable wellness offering, Other Space, which is open to guests and members and offers a complete respite from city living. There’s a beautifully designed vitality swimming pool, sauna, steam room and high-tech gym plus a curated selection of holistic wellbeing classes, including breath work, astrology, sound therapy and tarot reading that can be booked by non-guests and non-members too.