Take pampering to the next level with London’s most stunning spa interiors
Words Joy Montgomery
Launched in 2014, Grace Belgravia is the womens-only members club leading the way in all-encompassing wellness. Led by a team of medical experts, personal trainers and nutritionists, the venue houses a gym, spa, restaurant and wellbeing clinic, which all contribute to the multi-disciplinary approach to health. The interiors offer a rare fusion of plush sophistication and home-like comfort, with soft teal furnishings set against fashionable touches of marble and bronze.
ESPA LIFE AT CORINTHIA
ESPA life at the Corinthia is a hidden four-floor paradise at the heart of Westminster. The spa boasts an impressive 17 treatment rooms, Margaret Dabbs nail studio and a stunning thermal floor, complete with indoor pool, sauna and private sleep pods. Clean lines and monochromatic modernity provide a dramatic backdrop to the spa’s facilities; glass panels and floor-to-ceiling black tiles offer the sort of high-end escapism you can only dream of in bustling central London.
Situated on fashionable Walton Street, South Kensington, Gazelli House is part of a new breed of members clubs-come-wellness centres that are sweeping the capital. Housed on three stunningly decorated floors, the centre offers its members a host of specialists, from skincare experts to acupuncturists and everything in between. A real home away from home, Gazelli House’s spa is small yet perfectly formed, with two sizeable treatment rooms lit by long sky lights that illuminate the dramatic wall tiles decorated with unfluring flowers.
Founder of Heartcore, Jess Schuring, has been a pioneer of the global boutique fitness craze since its inception. In a decade spent between Los Angeles and London, Jess has shaped some of Hollywood’s most recognisable bodies while shifting the UK fitness landscape with the roll-out of her hugely popular Heartcore Fitness studios. The St John’s Wood branch of the brand has been built within the shell of a church, resulting in one of the most spacious, light-filled workout spaces you’ll find in London.
Offering everything from pilates and spin to HITT and TRX, Core Collective is the eclectic fitness brand offering pay as you go workouts to well-heeled Kensington. Core Collective’s industrial chic interiors provide an edgy, art gallery-like ambience. The brand recently collaborated with painter Bradley Theodore for a series of brightly-coloured murals and canvases, which frame the chic, mis-matched furniture and dramatic spot lighting.
AGUA BATH HOUSE & SPA, MONDRIAN HOTEL
Created by renowned designer Tom Dixon, Agua Bathhouse & Spa is housed in the trendy Mondrian London hotel at Sea Containers. The spa offers six treatment rooms, including a couples’ and private thermal suite, nail and grooming lounge and separate male and female steam rooms. Inspired by old school Hollywood glamour, the space is shaped by curving walls and luminous corridors that embrace the theme of underwater tranquility. A dramatic sculpture adorns the entrance, reflecting Dixon’s penchant for white and copper.