Britain's most vibrant city is also an amazing spot to kick off your heels and relax.
Shopping, music, sites, shows ... it's easy to see why London is one of the world's top travel destinations. And with so much to see and take in, the city that has loads of history and enough shopping options to keep you going all day long, you can end up feeling wiped out. Thankfully, London has just as many relaxing and soothing options as it does excitement. Here are our best picks for chilling and getting back to a Zen-like state in London Town.
After a long day of walking the cobble streets in search of the best fashion finds, nothing could be more relaxing and rejuvenating than a trip to a high-end spa. Good thing London is full of places to get massaged, waxed, scrubbed, polished and smoothed. Here are two of our best picks:
The K West Hotel and Spa
If you can stay at this hotel that is frequented by London's hipster musicians and celebrity girlfriends, that's ideal. But even if you can't, a day trip to the spa will have you leaving feeling like a rock star. Located at the Shepherd’s Bush tube station, the K West is an up-and-coming hot spot, with music studios in the surrounding neighbourhood that draw in A-list clientele, so they need to have an ultra cool vibe and an A-list spa as well and the spa is a great place to get pampered. Treat yourself to London's one and only Snow Room experience and chill out in the refrigerated room (complete with frosty snow) for a couple of minutes, then dip in the hot tub or steam away stress in the sauna. Alternate between the hot and cold before heading in for a deep tissue massage, mani and a pedi.
The Dorchester Hotel and Spa
The Dorchester is old-school British tradition at its best. Traditional styling dominates the hotel's atmosphere and you will feel posh just walking through the lobby. But to ease away the day's stress, take the elevator down to the spa and check yourself in for a luxurious Carol Joy Facial that includes diamond dust. Yes, a facial with diamonds -- what could be more soothing than knowing that your skin is being polished, plumped and massaged with these sparkly little gems? Even the cream used after the massage has glints of diamonds, so when you leave, you're glowing in only a way that a diamond can make you glow.
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