Cooling spa treatments & cryotherapy in London
With these temperatures and humidity are you in need of a little chill out? Thought so. Here's the coolest spas in London town
Where: K Spa at K Hotel
Address: Richmond Way, London W14 0AX
Price: Spa day packages start at £159
Based at the popular Shepherd’s Bush location, the K Spa at the K Hotel in London offers excellent treatments, and a sauna, sanarium, hydro-pool and relaxation space. Plus, it also houses London’s first dedicated Snow Paradise Cabin and is basically a Narnia version of spa-ing. A room filled with snow is kept at minus 15 – so if you can’t chill out in here – the only other option is holidaying at the North Pole.
Where: ESPA Life at Corinthia London
Address: Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2 BD
Price: Spa Day from £175
This is where wellness and luxury perfectly collide. Not only does the Espa Life spa employ their brilliant namesake and Painted by Jools nail treatments, but they also offer a wet room consisting of: tropical rain showers: swimming and vitality pools: and an oh-so-appealing-right-now ice fountain. And you must test the amazing private sleep pods – so you get the maximum chill time and R&R too.
Where: Various Locations
Price: Spa experience from £60
The brilliant budget spas located around London where you can experience the ice fountain and plunge pool, that’s kept to zingy 15 degrees – to boost circulation and hit your refresh button – it’s the perfect antidote to sweaty city life. Check out a spa location near you -
Where: Thai Square Spa
Address: 25 Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5AP
Price: From £40 for Sen Space access
Voted one of the best spa spaces in London. You can alternate your time between the hot and cold zones, and use the ice crystals from the fountain as a rub, to reduce toxins, stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Where: Banya No.1
Address: 17 Micawber Street, London N1 7TB
Price: From £45 to use the spa space without treatments
Apparently Kate Moss, Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger have all been for a session here. There are plenty of decent treatments and a banya (a Slavic style hot room that’s kept at 60-70% humidity – so less drying than a traditional sauna.) The plunge pool is a chilling 7-10°C. Or you can take on the ice bucket challenge, with oak pails mounted on the wall - just waiting for you to pull the cord. They also serve Russian Standard Vodka, should you need it. Extreme refreshment – but what else would you expect from a Russian spa space?
Cryotherapy in London
It all else fails, head for a cryotherapy chamber:
The Apogii Clinic in Notting Hill has the first medical-grade chamber called the Icelab (think giant freezer) and standing inside for three minutes, at -110°C, half-naked except for the rubber shoes, is said to boost metabolism, release endorphins, stimulate recovery and healing.
After entering the chamber, the sensations of a slight icy breeze, that develops into more of a blizzard, tingles the skin, and provoke jogging on the spot feeling like an extra from Dr Zhivago, minus the furs. Check out the review here.
Other places to try are:
4th Floor Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ - Book here
Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP - Book here