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30 New Rd., Whitechapel
This is a totally unique way to work your body, as you spend the class in an AntiGravity Hammock-basically a hammock made of silk that you can lie, hang, stretch in, and more. People who do this type of yoga swear by the mind/body connection and the deep stretches and relaxation that comes from the postures, which, without gravity, take minimal effort. If you can't get to Whitechapel, Richard, and his hammock, can come to you.
Ahmed F. Massoud, M.D.
The Portland Hospital, Marylebone
Dr. Massoud is an experienced, reliable, and skilled pediatrician. He's wonderful with children and also puts parents at ease. The Portland Hospital location is a private practice, but Dr. Massoud also practices through the NHS at Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals.
Akasha Spa at Café Royal
68 Regent St., Soho
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 doctor's office ever.
Alfred Cutner, M.D.
University College Hospital, Marylebone
Gynecologist Alfred Cutner offers specialist consultations, investigations, and treatments to women with benign gynecological conditions at The Portland Hospital. He also runs an NHS practice at the teaching hospital at University College Hospital London. His main interest is laparoscopic surgery and its application in urogynaecology, endometriosis, fibroids, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Sounds complicated but, to sum it up, he's an excellent, well-rounded doctor.
Aman Spa at The Connaught
Carlos Place, Mayfair
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.
This is the woman responsible for helping in-the-know Londoners achieve that glow-from-within radiance. Amanda Lacey's legendary facials are gentle and pleasantly old school—no lasers or needles in sight. Instead, she relies on time-honored facial massage, quality, natural products, and educating clients about preventing future damage. Clients swear by her eponymous product range for at-home maintenance.
144a Brompton Rd., Knightsbridge
Amie has been a colorist for over 30 years working on photo shoots, runway shows, and at some of the most prestigious salons in London. Currently, she divides her time between the salon and session work. She's got color, from natural to outlandish, down to a science.
Unlike many aestheticians who rely solely on traditional lotions and potions to treat skin maladies, Anastasia treats the facial structures including the lymph nodes, fascia, and muscles. She offers a huge range of massages including deep cleansing, steam, extraction, and bespoke massages to lift, de-puff, reduce congestion in sinuses. They're also known to remove dark circles, pigmentation, acne, and sensitive or inflamed conditions. Her sessions are relaxing and she makes sure to teach her clients how to best manage their skin types at home.
UME Diagnostics, 27 Harley St., Marylebone
Andrea Hurst is a specialist in reflexology based in Mayfair and Marylebone (though she also does home visits, and travels extensively). While those in need of a quick dose of intense relaxation might go to Andrea for a one hour "Reset" session, her longer "Restore" and "Regeneration" sessions offer a much more holistic experience. Through pressure points in the feet, Andrea can assess what body systems might need work—everything from eye and gum health to digestion and back pain—and zero in on those ailments. Her treatments are also highly recommended for anyone with sleep issues and severe jet-lag as she's a pro at reestablishing circadian rhythm.
Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge
With 20-odd years of experience under her belt, Arezoo Kaviani does the best Brazilian wax in London, bar none. Just a stone’s throw from Harrods', her spa is conveniently located, too.
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