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Spa LONDON—Affordable Luxury

So it was with a spring in my step that I headed into town to the newly opened Spa LONDON at the beautiful re-furbished art deco building that houses the Marshall Street Leisure centre, in the heart of Soho. This is London’s third ever public sector spa, a joint venture between not-for-profit social enterprise GLL and Westminster Council. The idea of opening here is to offer an easily accessible, luxury spa experience at the heart of a popular community facility – and it does just that.

Housed just off Carnaby Street, in the basement of an old maternity hospital, the spa really does feel like a dollop of luxury and pampering sitting comfortably next to an all singing and dancing leisure centre. You could come for the day as a family, send the kids off for a swim in the recently renovated pool with dad whilst mummy gets pampered. Step outside afterwards for a spot of lunch in any one of the multitude of funky local cafes followed by some shopping in some of the coolest boutiques that London has to offer. It’s the location of this spa that sets it apart, appealing to both West End working girls wanting a quick treatment on their lunch break and busy stressed mummies like me who need some pampering at the weekend (it’s open Saturday and Sunday).

I was greeted by the lovely Anna who was professional yet friendly and very well versed on her treatments and products. She whisked me into a treatment room and proceeded to give me a Skin Specific Prescription facial, one of the best facials that I’ve ever had. The products are all Elemis and the application of delicious oils, scrubs and hot flannels was just right. An incredible head and neck massage combined to make it an all-round winner of a treatment and after an hour when she dinged her little bell I was miles away. We then moved to the ‘nail’ room for a Jessica pedicure which was equally as good and involved some fantastic motorised pedicure tools exclusive to Jessica, for pushing back cuticles and filing back dry skin. The atmosphere was relaxed without need for conversation which I think is always the sign of a good spa. Personally I don’t want to chat, I want to sit back, relax and be pampered which is exactly what I did.

The original spa LONDON has won a series of accolades including a top twenty ranking in Time Out’s Best Spa Guide and Professional Beauty magazine’s top day spa award. This new addition to the family will certainly match up to that and is well worth a visit. Spa LONDON is open seven days a week, with appointments until 9pm on some days. It is open 10am until 6pm on weekends.

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