Cow­shed Spa, The Ned, London

Vacations & Travel - - Global spas - By Lisa Perkovic

The old Mid­lands Bank in London’s fi­nan­cial district is now The Ned – a pala­tial hotel and the city’s hottest new ad­dress. The Mem­bers Club ar­eas are off-lim­its to walk-in guests, in­clud­ing the pool, which was the orig­i­nal gold bar bul­lion vault, but they are open to hotel guests, or spa vis­i­tors who spend a min­i­mum £200 on treat­ments. That’s easy to do, with five dif­fer­ent pam­per­ing points. First, there’s Cheeky, a long line of man­i­cure sta­tions, then there’s hair­dresser to the stars Miguel Perez’s salon, along­side the cool and classic Ned’s Bar­ber­shop, of­fer­ing guys a cold beer and a wet shave, The Pow­der Room for make-overs, and lastly the Cow­shed Spa – the new­est out­post of Eng­land’s fa­mous or­ganic spa spe­cial­ists. Let’s also not for­get the pool, steam rooms, sauna, enor­mous chang­ing rooms, spa café and a large spa lounge filled with wing-backed arm­chairs and iced cu­cum­ber water.

An af­ter­noon at this sprawl­ing spa guar­an­tees next-level bliss. Start with a sig­na­ture Moody Mas­sage to ease those tight mus­cles, then re­hy­drate in the lounge, read a book on the lux­u­ri­ous pool-side chaise lounges, en­joy a swim, then wash up with lib­eral amounts of the fa­mous Grumpy Cow prod­ucts, be­fore primp­ing at the beauty sta­tion. Should hunger strike, head to Mal­ibu Kitchen, which of­fers raw, or­ganic, light dishes.

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