The Infrared Sauna and Detox Spa Guide
When we’re looking to complement a full-on detox, or invest in some next-level self-care, this is where you’ll find us: spas with lymphatic massages, infrared saunas, steam rooms, clay wraps, and more (hello, barometric pressure chamber). The heat treatments are also brilliant for anyone new to (or intensifying) a workout program as they can work wonders on sore muscles. All these treatments fit blissfully into the span of an afternoon; for travel options, see our guide to full-on wellness and detox retreats.
The Spa at the Four SeasonsHamilton Pl., Park Lane, London | +44.20.7499.0888
While you're pretty much guaranteed a solid facial at any of the Four Seasons, it's the Omorovicza treatments (they harness the curative properties of Hungarian mineral waters) at the Park Lane outpost that leave skin incredibly soft and glowing. Packed with anti-aging minerals, the products shine in particular during the exclusive gold hydrating facial, which starts with a copper-spiked lactic acid peel and ends with the ultra healing gold serum.
Triyoga57 Jamestown Rd., Camden | +44.20.7483.3344
We were sad to see Triyoga's beautiful, Primrose Hill location go but are more than satisfied with its new airy, Camden replacement. Beyond the well-known yoga and Pilates classes—by far, some of the best the city has to offer—it's also worth checking out the infrared sauna sessions, craniosacral massage, intuitive readings, and nutritional, EFT, and CBT therapy (depending on what you're after). Additional services are offered at Triyoga locations in Covent Garden, Soho, and Chelsea.
Grace Belgravia11 West Halkin St., Belgravia | +44.20.7235.8900
The Grace is a boon to womankind as far as we're concerned: A private, women-only club in one of London's upper-crust neighborhoods, it's as great to hit for a business meeting as it is for a spa break, a green juice, a healthy lunch, or any number of holistic treatments with some of the city's most renowned healers. It's a one-stop shop for everything from colonics to IV infusions, and those who have the spare cash might consider the three- to five-day Intensive Cleanse, which includes a nutritional plan and everything from lymphatic drainage to Acqua Calda hammam treatments. It's a pretty great place to kick-start a health and wellness regimen.
The Joshi Clinic57 Wimpole St., Marylebone | +44.20.7487.5456
Dr. Joshi's clinic is one of our first ports of (detox) call in London. In addition to colonics, Dr. Joshi also offers a pretty in-depth list of other wellness-centric services including personal training, massage, Endermologie, and his signature twenty-one-day nutritional plan, which are all designed to help detox. The clinic also offers a spectacular Moroccan riad retreat for the weary.
KX Life151 Draycott Ave., Chelsea | +44.20.7584.5333
While the gym and restaurant are open to members only, the spa at Chelsea's KX is open to the (well-heeled) public who might visit for a wax or face sculpting. We would recommend heading there for a functional medicine consultation with Dr. Georges Mouton. If colonics are your thing, see Michelle Laud. Not looking for a membership? KXU, a pay-as-you-go (and wallet-friendlier) model, opened on Pavilion Road; it may not have all bells and whistles that KX Life does but features an infrared sauna, a cryotherapy chamber, massages, and rose-gold-hued changing rooms. The easy-to-use app makes it easy to book on the fly, too.
The Life Centre1 Britannia Row, Islington | +44.20.7704.0919
A haven for serious and amateur yogis alike—just check into the packed Islington Saturday morning Jivamukti classes for a taste—both Life Centre locations are also hubs for some of London's best alternative therapies: craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, Reiki, and more. While the therapy rooms are not what you get at a glitzy hotel spa, the therapists are incredible healers. The Islington location also opened up a yoga therapy clinic, where personalized yoga sessions look to address a suite of maladies from digestive to emotional. There's an additional location in Notting Hill.
The Bulgari Spa171 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge | +44.20.7151.1055
While it's no surprise that one of London's swankiest hotels would have a bejeweled spa and gym to match, it's the treatments on offer that really make the Bulgari stand out. Cupping, Chinese Tui-Na, the Bowen Technique, osteopathy, and even emotional healing with a self-proclaimed "Modern Day Wizard" (price tag to match) are on offer here. In addition, the spa's Trend Room is home to the hottest pop-up wellness concepts and changes every few months.
Akasha Spa at Café Royal68 Regent St., Soho | +44.20.7406.3360
Though the hotel is located right in the center of the city overlooking Piccadilly, its subterranean spa feels miles away from the bustling streets above. The space itself is gorgeous, and spending a couple of hours between the sleek and modern gym, pool, and hammam facilities makes for a pretty spectacular spa day. When you book in with some of the expert healers—a resident Reiki master, nutritionist, etc.—the spa also doubles as the most luxurious practitioner's office ever.
Aman Spa at The ConnaughtCarlos Place, Mayfair | +184.108.40.20605
Hands-down one of our favorite places to stay in London, the Connaught in Mayfair manages to strike a balance between charming and yet totally modern. The hotel's 5,000-square-foot spa (the only Aman Spa of its kind outside of the resort group), is just as incredible as you'd imagine swathed in floor-to-ceiling marble. At just five treatment rooms strong, there's a welcome intimacy here—all treatments start with an herbal infusion to help you unwind and then treatments take from Chinese, Indian, and Thai influences. (Each of the treatment rooms has its own private steam room.) During the week, the spa hosts a 20-minute lunch meditation at 1 p.m. that's free and open to the public.
ESPA Life at Corinthia10 Whitehall Pl., Covent Garden | +44.207.321.3050
The Corinthia in Covent Garden is one of those places that generally lives up to all the hype. As soon as you enter the space you immediately understand why: the interiors are dark, it's covered in Italian marble, and the vibe is moody but polished. The ESPA is one of the city's largest with twenty-nine treatment rooms and even a stainless steel swimming pool. Along with a robust roster of treatments—signature facials and massages—there's also a selection of customized treatments that focus on detox, sleep, pregnancy, and weight loss. The best part? Their day spa offerings include access to everything from the gym and thermal floor to the sauna and steam rooms and relaxation areas.
KXU241 Pavilion Rd., Chelsea | +44.203.948.3840
We couldn’t be happier with this new addition to the KX brand, which combines a bare-bones, super-social gym with detoxifying wellness experiences. Down the street from the membership-only KX Life, KXU has pay-as-you-go group classes, including cycling, barre, and yoga. With the workout, you can add on fantastic infrared sauna or cryotherapy sessions, which can help with muscle soreness. We love the modern, darkly lit, neon-everywhere aesthetic, too.
Grayshott SpaHeadley Rd., Grayshott | +44.142.860.2020
Recently partnered with the renowned Lanserhof group—which runs exclusive medical retreats in Austria and Germany—expect a completely revamped experience from this longtime-favorite spa. They’ve brought in medical specialists, holistic practitioners, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and fitness experts. Just an hour outside London, it’s ideal for anyone looking for an intense holistic reset, or for those looking to get a glimpse of the state-of-the art Lanserhof methods. Their treatments range from traditional therapies—massages, facials, acupuncture and physiotherapy—to scrubs, floats, and hydrotherapy. We love the stress-busting “Detoxifying Envelopment” treatment.