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Best spa hotels in London: Sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pools

Best spa hotels in London: Sauna, jacuzzi and swimming pools

You might not think that London offers a very relaxing break – but you’d be wrong. The capital has some of the ritziest spa hotels around, offering top-notch treatments and gorgeous pools, which make the ideal antidote to a day exploring the city.

Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re planning a trip to London once the weather warms up, then you’ll be pleased to know that the city never fails to pull out all the stops for travellers coming from both near and far. There are outdoor markets, new rooftop bars and even beach clubs (along the river Thames, no less) to celebrate what looks like a summer like no other.

If that all sounds a bit too hectic, no matter. A spa hotel offers the best of both world: a jammy location, but with a guaranteed morning pool swim, if you’re into that.

Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing treatment at the end of a long day, or fancy an early morning swim in a deluxe pool, London has a spa hotel to suit every traveller.

The best spa hotels in London are:

Neighbourhood: Knightsbridge

The seventh floor rooftop pool at The Berkeley

(The Berkeley)

The seventh floor rooftop pool and garden (the latter is transformed to cinema in winter) is the big pull at The Berkeley – the whole scene practically begs you to order a glass of fizz and invite all your besties to share the spectacular views over Hyde Park. And because of the central location (which feels implausible once you’re in the spa), you can tie in a trip with some Knightsbridge retail therapy. All treatments are Bamford, except for facials which use Oskia. The signature 90-minute massage had us practically floating home. If you’re staying the night, check out the buzzy Blue Bar, with its all-new cocktail menu, and the Michelin star restaurant, Marcus (of Marcus Wareing fame). The hotel also serves the iconic Pret-a-Portea afternoon tea.