The London hotel spas that best match your pampering needs

Words: Elisa Bray

SquareMeal 2017 Weddings magazine 5 hotels for bridal beauty - corinthia hotel london

Best for Facials
020 7321 3050

Set over four floors, with 17 treatment pods, ESPA Life is one of the largest spas in Europe. The black-marble space offers the most glamorous bridal pampering, and you’ll be pushed to find a better choice of luxurious facials. Choose from six options (£125- £190) to bring out your glowing wedding complexion. For the most radiant skin, opt for Cellular Hydration. Deep cleanses (aiding lymphatic drainage) are followed by a generous facial massage, working nourishing serum into the skin. There’s also steaming and exfoliation along the way.

SquareMeal 2017 Weddings magazine 5 hotels for bridal beauty - the berkeley

Best for Massages
020 7201 1699

High above Knightsbridge, The Berkeley’s Bamford Haybarn Spa is a welcome respite for busy brides-to-be. It spirits you away from the city bustle to the tranquillity of the countryside, with its pool on the seventh floor and a secret garden overlooking Hyde Park. De-stress with the Bamford Body Signature Treatment (£175 for 90 minutes), a blissful massage to relieve muscles, detoxify organs and get that energy flowing around your body. A pressure-point massage to your face, neck, shoulders and head will create a much-needed sense of calm and wellbeing, preparing you for the big day. 

SquareMeal 2017 Weddings magazine 5 hotels for bridal beauty - the connaught

Best for Calming
020 3147 7305

If wedding planning is proving exhausting and robbing you of much-needed beauty sleep, try The Connaught’s signature treatment Inspired by the Americas, which is designed to relieve tension while promoting a quiet mind and restorative sleep patterns. After a foot bathing ritual using cleansing herbs, a therapist will soothe you with a stone massage. Then a clay body wrap will leave your skin silky smooth. After the two-and-a-half hour treatment (£280) head for the Aman Spa’s ionised swimming pool, with its cascading water wall – a haven if you need a break from bridal shopping. 

SquareMeal 2017 Weddings magazine 5 hotels for bridal beauty - cowshed carnaby street

Cowshed
Best for Mani-pedis
020 7534 0870 for Carnaby Street branch

The beauty of Cowshed is the three levels of manicure and/or pedicure you can choose from. Express treatments (a 30-minute pedi is £40), which get your nails fit for purpose, cater for the busiest of brides. The ‘Ultimate’ options, meanwhile, will have weary feet and weather-worn hands feeling and looking their best. The indulgent 75-minute pedicure (£70) includes a leg and foot massage, as well as a scalp and shoulder massage, while the feet are softened with a hydration mask. Hands (£60 for an hour) are treated to exfoliation followed by a hydration mask and massage. 

SquareMeal 2017 Weddings magazine 5 hotels for bridal beauty - one aldwych

Best for Threading
020 7300 1000

Book a whole afternoon off to enjoy the spa at One Aldwych. Have your eyebrows shaped and tinted in half an hour (15 minutes for each treatment, £20 and £15 respectively), and then enjoy a dip in one of London’s best pools. It has a chlorine-free, mineral-based cleaning system that uses no harsh chemicals, so it’s gentle on your pre-wedding skin. There’s also an underwater music system and soft mood lighting around the pool. All in all, it’s a lovely environment from which to escape wedding-planning stress.


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This article was first published in SquareMeal Weddings 2017