TRA­DI­TIONAL PUBS

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The Black­friar

This Grade II-listed Art Nou­veau pub, which opened more than 100 years ago, of­fers cask ales. www.nichol­son­spubs.co.uk. 174 Queen Vic­to­ria St, EC4V 4EG. T: 020-7236 5474. E9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Cit­tie of Yorke

The dark nooks and cran­nies, rafted roof and chim­ney-less fire in this Grade II-listed build­ing take you back to 1430. En­joy a pint in the tra­di­tional pub for a real taste of his­toric Lon­don. 22 High Hol­born, WC1 6BN. T: 020-7242 7670. D9. Sta­tion: Chancery Lane.

The Dog and Duck

A real-ale pub with reg­u­larly chang­ing cask beers, as well as pub food and bar snacks. www.nichol­sons pubs.co.uk. 18 Bateman St, W1D 3AJ. T: 020-7494 0697. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

The Flask

This 17th-cen­tury pub boasts By­ron and Shel­ley as past pa­trons and is al­legedly haunted! www.the flaskhigh­gate.com. 77 High­gate West Hill, N6 6BU. T: 020- 8348 7346. Off map. Sta­tion: High­gate.

The French House

No mu­sic, TV or mo­bile phones make this cosy Soho pub a real gem. www.french­hous­esoho.com. 49 Dean St, W1D 5BG. T: 020-7437 2477. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

The Ge­orge Inn

This his­toric pub was es­tab­lished dur­ing the me­dieval pe­riod and still re­tains its orig­i­nal coach­ing houses. www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ ge­orge-inn. 75-77 Bor­ough High St, SE1 1NH. T: 020-7407 2056. E10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

The Guinea

Site of an inn since 1423, this was where wealthy May­fair’s sta­ble hands and ser­vants used to drink. www.theguinea.co.uk. 30 Bru­ton Place, W1J 6NL. T: 020-7409 1728. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

The Mag­pie & Stump

This pub, op­po­site the Old Bai­ley, dates back to the 1500s, and once dou­bled up as a pub­lic view­ing spot for hang­ings at New­gate Prison. www.mag­pie­and­s­tump.com. 18 Old Bai­ley, EC4M 7EP. T: 020-7248 5085. B8. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

The Punch­bowl

This pop­u­lar May­fair-based pub-restau­rant was once owned by film direc­tor Guy Ritchie. En­joy a va­ri­ety of ales in the unique, classy sur­round­ings. www.punch­bowl­lon­don.com. 41 Farm St, W1J 5RP. T: 0207- 493 6841. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Spa­niards Inn

Fol­low in the foot­steps of past reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing high­way­man Dick Turpin and nov­el­ist Charles Dick­ens, at the his­toric pub, which is one of the old­est in Lon­don. www.thes­paniard­shamp­stead. co.uk. Spa­niards Rd, NW3 7JJ. T: 020- 8731 8406. Off map. Sta­tion: Hamp­stead.

Waxy O’Con­nor’s

Long-stand­ing, huge Ir­ish bar, com­pris­ing four bars over six lev­els. It shows Ire­land’s ma­jor sport­ing events on big screens. www.waxyo con­nors.co.uk. 14-16 Ru­pert St, W1D 6DD. T: 020-7287 0255. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

This land­mark pub has wood-pan­elled walls and vaults that are thought to date back to a 13th-cen­tury Carmelite monastery which once stood here. 145 Fleet St, EC4A 2BU. T: 020-7353 6170. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

C.O.L.D Bar (The City of Lon­don Dis­tillery)

A won­der­ful well-stocked, retro-styled cock­tail bar that over­looks the strik­ing cop­per stills of the dis­tillery. Tast­ings, classes and tours, in­clud­ing an Evo­lu­tion of Gin tour, are avail­able (p. 72). www.city oflon­dondis­tillery.com. 22-24 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8DT. T: 020-7936 3446. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

Dirty Mar­tini

With deluxe ban­quettes and a quirky lay­out, this cock­tail bar is a hit with its end­less list of mar­ti­nis. Mon-Sat 4pm-late. Mul­ti­ple branches. www.dirty mar­tini.uk.com. 10c Hanover Square, W1S 1JH. T: 020-7632 2087. D6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

The Dolls House

This stylish cock­tail bar and pri­vate mem­bers’ club of­fers mixed drinks in The Par­lour on the ground floor and is taste­fully fur­nished. www.thedead dollsclub.com. 181 Up­per St, N1 1RQ. T: 020-7288 1470. D7. Sta­tion: High­bury & Is­ling­ton.

The Draft House

En­joy fab­u­lous draft beers from around the world at this friendly bar. Mea­sures come in one-third pint glasses (and larger), per­fect for dis­cov­er­ing your favourite. www.draft­house.co.uk. 206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, SE1 2UP. T: 020-7378 9995. E11. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge/ Tower Hill.

Drakes Ta­banco

A Span­ish-style bar that serves rare sher­ries which have been aged in an­cient oak bar­rels – en­joy a self-poured tip­ple straight from the bar­rel. There are also craft beers, a range of nat­u­ral wines and tapas. www.drakesta­banco.com. 3 Wind­mill St, W1T 2HY. T: 020-7637 9388. D7. Sta­tion: Goodge Street.

The Drift

All aboard this chic, re­lax­ing oa­sis in the heart of the City. Its in­dus­trial-style dé­cor has ocean-in­spired touches, while the bar serves punch bowls and cock­tails. www.thedrift­bar. co.uk. Heron Tower, 110 Bish­ops­gate, EC2N 4AY. T: 0845- 468 0103. D10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.

Free­dom

This gay-friendly venue at­tracts a trendy crowd to its stylish cock­tail bar and night­club. www.free­dom bar­soho.com. 60- 66 War­dour St, W1F 0TA. T: 020-7734 0071. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Gong

Lo­cated in The Shard, Gong is the high­est Cham­pagne bar in Lon­don and the ideal place for sun­set cock­tails and late-night drinks. www.shangri-la.com. 31 St Thomas St, SE1 9QU. T: 020-7234 8000. F10. Sta­tion: Lon­don Bridge.

Good God­freys

Old-style glam­our and clas­sic cock­tails are served with a hint of his­tory at this suave es­tab­lish­ment. Try sig­na­ture cock­tails in­clud­ing the As­tor Hip Flask. www.wal­dorfhilton.co.uk. The Wal­dorf Hil­ton, Ald­wych, WC2B 4DD. T: 020-7836 2400. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

Lon­don’s old­est wine bar has been un­cork­ing bot­tles from around the world since 1890 in its stone-walled base­ment. Hugely pop­u­lar, so a seat is a real bonus. Well-priced pub food, in­clud­ing cheese plates. www.gor­don­swine bar.com. 47 Vil­liers St, WC2N 6NE. T: 020-7930 1408. E8. Sta­tion: Em­bank­ment/Char­ing Cross.

Hix­ter Bank­side

Res­tau­ra­teur Mark Hix’s bar shows his trade­mark in­ter­est in mod­ern art – see an in­stal­la­tion by He­len Chad­wick that repli­cates a Lon­don Tube car­riage. www.hixrestau­rants.co.uk. 16 Great Guild­ford St, SE1 0HS. T: 020-7921 9508. E9. Sta­tion: South­wark.

Mahiki

This pop­u­lar tiki haunt is a real draw for celebri­ties. The Poly­ne­sian-themed club of­fers clas­sic and fresh fruit cock­tails and spe­cial cre­ations to share, in­clud­ing Trea­sure Chest and Honolulu Honey. www.mahiki.com. 1 Dover St, W1S 4LD. T: 020-7493 9529. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Met Bar

With a suave May­fair set­ting, it’s a fresh, stylish look for this fa­mous bar in the Metropoli­tan Ho­tel. Ex­ten­sive wine list, vin­tage Cham­pagne by the glass and cock­tails, plus a Bri­tish food menu. www.met­bar. co.uk. 19 Old Park Lane, W1K 1LB. T: 020-7447 1000. Off map. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

The Night­jar

Old-school glam­our and Pro­hi­bi­tion-era cock­tails are the sig­na­ture of this new base­ment hang­out in Shored­itch. Live mu­sic from the jazz golden age adds a touch of style. www.barnight­jar.com. 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB. T: 020-7253 4101. C10. Sta­tion: Old Street.

Old Ben­gal Bar

Con­verted from a for­mer East In­dia Co ware­house, this venue boasts at­mo­spheric dark in­te­rior, with the orig­i­nal brick walls and wooden beams, stylish leather ban­quettes and classy cock­tails. www.old ben­gal­bar.com. 16 New St, EC2M 4TR. T: 020-3503 0780. D11. Sta­tion: Liver­pool Street.

One New Change Cham­pagne Bar

Su­perbly lo­cated near St Paul’s Cathe­dral, this stun­ning bar boasts a huge se­lec­tion of bub­bly, plus Cham­pagne cock­tails and pre­mium beers. Var­i­ous branches around Lon­don. www.searcys cham­pag­nebars.co.uk. 1/F One New Change, EC4M 9AF. T: 020-7871 1213. D10. Sta­tion: St Paul’s.

Opium Cock­tail Bar

This stylish up­stairs bar tucked away in Chi­na­town serves in­no­va­tive Chi­nese-in­spired cock­tails. www.opi­um­chi­na­town.com. 15 Ger­rard St, W1D 6JE. T: 020-7734 7276. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Ori­ole

Spa­cious cock­tail bar hid­den be­neath Smith­field Mar­ket, with live swing, jazz and blues mu­sic most nights. Beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors and in­cred­i­ble drinks in­spired by the Old World, New World and the Ori­ent. www.ori­ole­bar.com. Smith­field Mar­kets, East Poul­try Av­enue, EC1A 9LH. T: 020-3457 8099. D9. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.

Primo Bar

Sump­tu­ous, mod­ern cock­tail bar with live mu­sic and af­ter­noon tea, plus a VIP area with river views. Try the Asian-in­spired cock­tails. www.pri­mo­bar. co.uk. Park Plaza West­min­ster Bridge, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7282. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Rev­erend J W Simp­son

This cock­tail bar is a real slice of ‘shabby chic’ – and is the gen­uine ex-abode of the good Rev­erend, proved by the blue plaque out­side. Scruffy so­fas and a laid-back vibe are its hall­mark. www.revjwsimp­son.com. 32 Goodge St, W1T 2QJ. T: 020-3174 1155. Sta­tion: Goodge Street.

Scar­fes Bar

Part of the lux­ury ho­tel Rose­wood Lon­don, this bar is named after Gerald Scarfe, the car­toon­ist fa­mous for his satir­i­cal il­lus­tra­tions. En­joy In­dian-in­spired snacks. www.scar­fes­bar.com. 252 High Hol­born, WC1V 7EN. T: 020-3747 8611. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Six Storeys

Bo­hemian, deca­dent bar in a Soho town­house, split over six lev­els. Cre­ative cock­tails are its spe­cial­ity. www.six­s­toreys.com. 11 Soho Square, W1D 3QE. T: 020-3504 7381. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Rd.

So­cial Wine & Tapas

Ac­claimed res­tau­ra­teur Ja­son Ather­ton’s stylish wine bar and restau­rant with counter and ta­ble­served tapas. All the wait­ers are som­me­liers and there is a mag­nif­i­cent wine shop up­stairs. www.so­cial­wine­and­ta­pas.com. 39 James St, W1U 1DL. T: 020-7993 3257. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

St Pan­cras Cham­pagne Bar

Europe’s long­est Cham­pagne bar takes pride of place in the grace­ful sta­tion where the Paris Eurostar ar­rives. There are heated leather ban­quettes and call but­tons to sum­mon a waiter to re­fill your glasses. Fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of bub­bly plus fresh seafood plat­ters from this Searcys out­let. www.searcys cham­pag­nebars.co.uk. St Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional, Up­per Con­course, Eus­ton Rd, N1C 4QL. T: 0207870 9900. C8. Sta­tion: King’s Cross.

Trader Vic’s

Tiki-style base­ment bar and restau­rant, which is more than 50 years old. The menu fea­tures rum-laced cock­tails − try the Mai Tai in this ex­otic set­ting. www.trader­vic­slon­don.com. Lon­don Hil­ton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, W1K 1BE. T: 020-7208 4113. E6. Sta­tion: Hyde Park Cor­ner.

Vista

Cen­tral Lon­don’s largest rooftop bar over­looks Trafal­gar Square. Gaze at Nel­son’s Col­umn as you sip on cock­tails. www.thetrafal­gar.com. 6/F Trafal­gar Ho­tel, 2 Spring Gar­dens, SW1 2TS. T: 020-7870 2900. E7. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

The Zet­ter Town­house

Tony Conigliaro, known for his ground­break­ing cock­tails, brings his mixol­ogy magic to this in­ti­mate cock­tail lounge. www.thezetter­town­house.com. 49-50 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ. T: 020-7324 4545. Off map. Sta­tion: Far­ring­don.

CASI­NOS Aspers Casino

End­less gam­ing of­fer­ings and great views of the Olympic Sta­dium from the Sky Bar at this 24-hour venue. www.as­persstrat­ford.co.uk. West­field Strat­ford City, Mon­tif­ichet Rd, Olympic Park, E20 1EJ. T: 020- 8536 5630. Off map. Sta­tion: Strat­ford.

The Casino at the Em­pire

There is a ded­i­cated poker room and the lat­est ta­ble and elec­tronic games at this spec­tac­u­lar venue, hous­ing a con­tem­po­rary Asian restau­rant and sev­eral bars. www.the­casi­nolsq.com. 5- 6 Le­ices­ter Square, WC2H 7NA. T: 020-3733 1315. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Grosvenor Glouces­ter Casino

A vi­brant and friendly casino of­fer­ing a wide choice of gam­ing fa­cil­i­ties, plus a late-night bar and re­laxed restau­rant. Open 24 hours. www.grosvenor­casi­nos.com. 4-18 Har­ring­ton Gar­dens, SW7 4LJ. T: 020-7373 7134. G4. Sta­tion: Glouces­ter Road.

Hip­po­drome Casino

This land­mark venue has fab­u­lous gam­ing on three floors, plus the 150-seat He­liot Steak House. Food is served around the clock. There is The Late Jazz Jam (ev­ery Thur from 11pm). www.hippo drome­casino.com. Cran­bourn St, Le­ices­ter Square, WC2H 7JH. T: 020-7769 8888. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

The Sports­man Casino

This club com­bines the best in tra­di­tional and elec­tronic gam­ing, in­for­mal din­ing, a sophisticated poker lounge, a sports bar and an el­e­gant restau­rant. Smart dress; com­pli­men­tary mem­ber­ship. www.thes­ports­man­casino.com. Old Que­bec St, W1H 7AF. T: 020-3051 4616. D6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.

LIVE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT The 100 Club

Fa­mous base­ment live mu­sic venue with di­verse per­form­ers – in the past th­ese have in­cluded The Rolling Stones, Muddy Wa­ters and Paul Weller. The em­pha­sis to­day is on rock and blues bands, with DJ nights. www.the100­club.co.uk. 100 Ox­ford St, W1D 1LL. T: 020-7636 0933. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

606 Club

A re­laxed mem­bers’ jazz cel­lar and restau­rant, which has been run by mu­si­cian Steve Ru­bie for more than 30 years. The venue spe­cialises in Bri­tish-based artists, play­ing blues, r’n’b and soul. There is also a restau­rant that serves great food. www.606club.co.uk. 90 Lots Rd, SW10 0QD. T: 020-7352 5953. Off map. Sta­tion: Ful­ham Broad­way.

The Blues Kitchen

This busy mu­sic venue stages blues, soul and jazz mu­sic most nights, plus a DJ at week­ends. There are more than 80 va­ri­eties of bour­bon and rye, plus Cajun com­fort food on of­fer. www.the­blueskitchen.com. 111 Cam­den High St, NW1 7JN. T: 020-7387 5277. Off map. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Bunga Bunga

Part restau­rant, part bar and lots of live en­ter­tain­ment, this new Covent Gar­den venue has all the mak­ings of a the­atri­cal night out. En­joy Ital­ian cui­sine as you watch the live cabaret acts. If you are with a group, ask for the Dis­aronno Boat, which is shaped like a speed­boat and seats up to 10 guests. www.bungabunga-lon­don.com. 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG. T: 020-7590 3602. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

The Com­edy Store

One of the coun­try’s best and most fa­mous venues for stand-up and im­pro­vised com­edy. More than 3,500 peo­ple pass through its doors ev­ery week. The club launched the ca­reers of many fa­mous co­me­di­ans, in­clud­ing Rik May­all, Ben El­ton, Adrian Ed­mond­son and Jo Brand. www.the­com­e­dy­s­tore. co.uk. 1a Ox­en­don St, SW1Y 4EE. T: 0844-847 1728. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

The Forge

This award-win­ning bi­jou acous­tic venue be­hind the Foundry restau­rant en­joys a va­ri­ety of live mu­sic most nights, rang­ing from clas­si­cal and folk to tra­di­tional In­dian and jazz. The up­stairs restau­rant serves Latin Amer­i­can street food. www.forge venue.org. 3-7 De­lancey St, NW1 7NL. T: 020-7383 7808. Off map. Sta­tion: Cam­den Town.

Lon­don Cabaret Club

Cabaret gets a mod­ern twist at this unique club within the Blooms­bury Ball­room. ‘Best of Bri­tish Pop’ is packed with chart-top­pers from the 1960s to the present day, fus­ing dance, acro­bat­ics and theatre on stage. Din­ner and VIP tick­ets avail­able. www.th­elon­don­cabaret­club.com. Vic­to­ria House, Blooms­bury Square, WC1B 4DA. T: 020-7242 0002. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Ron­nie Scott’s

The world-fa­mous jazz venue has hosted top mu­si­cians for more than 50 years, in­clud­ing Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Prince, Ella Fitzger­ald and Miles Davis. The venue also in­cludes a bar and restau­rant. The weekly Sun­day Jazz lunch has no min­i­mum age, which makes it per­fect for fam­i­lies. There are acts ev­ery night, plus Sat and Sun lunchtimes. Look out for more in­ti­mate gigs up­stairs ev­ery Wed, where food is also served. www.ron­nie scotts.co.uk. 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. D7. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Stringfel­lows Gen­tle­man’s Club

Over the years, celebri­ties and the pub­lic have en­joyed a mem­o­rable evening of en­ter­tain­ment sup­plied by more than 80 ‘An­gels’ danc­ing at their ta­bles. Free en­try when din­ing. www.stringfel­lows. com. 16-19 Up­per St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9EF. T: 020-7240 5534. E8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

SPAS Aveda In­sti­tute

This three-storey sa­lon of­fers cuts, colour, blow-dries and botan­i­cal treat­ments us­ing Aveda’s plant-based prod­ucts. The Ex­press Beauty Bar has treat­ments last­ing 15 and 30 min­utes. www.aveda in­sti­tute.co.uk. 174 High Hol­born, WC1V 7AA. T: 020-7759 7355. D8. Sta­tion: Hol­born.

Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa

Loved by celebri­ties, treat­ments have a holis­tic ap­proach to well­be­ing, and use botan­i­cal prod­ucts. There is also a rooftop pool and se­cret gar­den (p. 76). www.the-berke­ley.co.uk. The Berke­ley ho­tel, Wil­ton Place, SW1X 7RL. T: 020-7201 1699. F6. Sta­tion: Knights­bridge.

Blue Har­bour Health Club & Spa

This ex­clu­sive mem­bers’ only spa of­fers day passes for £25. Swim in a 56ft pool, use the fit­ness equip­ment or visit the Fi­garo Hair Sa­lon. There are treat­ment rooms for dis­abled cus­tomers. www.blue­har­bourspa.co.uk. Chelsea Har­bour Drive, SW10 0XG. T: 020-7300 5011. Off map. Sta­tion: Im­pe­rial Wharf.

Elemis Day Spa

This spa spe­cialises in fa­cials that tackle age­ing, pig­men­ta­tion and blem­ishes. In The Pen­t­house, a pri­vate suite, share the ex­pe­ri­ence with a guest while sip­ping Cham­pagne. The Speed Spa of­fers treat­ments in 30 min­utes. www.elemis.com/dayspa. 2 Lan­cashire Court, W1S 1EX. T: 020-7499 4995. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Jurlique

Founded by Dr Jür­gen Klein, a bio­chemist, and his wife Ul­rike, a botanist, this spa uses their nat­u­ral skin­care range. Treat­ments in­clude an anti-stress fa­cial, which eases ten­sion in your face, neck and shoul­ders. www.jurlique.co.uk. 489 Ox­ford St, W1C 2AU. T: 0800-040 7685. D8. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Man­dara Spa

This spa has an Asian touch: the dé­cor in­cludes a bam­boo for­est, Mon­drian paint­ings and Ja­panese shoji screens. Try the warm bam­boo mas­sage, where bam­boo stalks are used on your body. www.man­dara spa.com. Park Plaza, 200 West­min­ster Bridge Rd, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7300. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Man­darin Ori­en­tal

A lux­ury spa in­spired by Chi­nese mas­sage meth­ods. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 55ft pool and gym. Book a ses­sion with trainer Ruben Tabares – ses­sions can be held in Hyde Park. www.man­darin ori­en­tal.com. 66 Knights­bridge, SW1X 7LA. T: 020-7235 2000. F5. Sta­tion: Knights­bridge.

One Ald­wych

This spa of­fers a range of treat­ments in­clud­ing mas­sages, man­i­cures and wax­ing. Brands used are Natura Bissé and Oskia. The health club is ex­cel­lent, while the pool is chlo­rine-free and has un­der­wa­ter mu­sic. www.oneald­wych.com. One Ald­wych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 0600. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

The Re­fin­ery

This men-only spa has treat­ments rang­ing from a tra­di­tional shave to sports mas­sage. If you want to mas­ter a wet shave, you can book a Prin­ci­ples of Shav­ing les­son. Also avail­able at Har­rods. www.the-re­fin­ery.com. 60 Brook St, W1K 5DU. T: 020-7409 2001. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Rocco Forte at Brown’s Ho­tel

An oa­sis of calm in the West End that boasts a 24-hour gym and lux­ury treat­ments in­clud­ing a gold age-de­fy­ing fa­cial and carat di­a­mond face and body rit­u­als. There are also treat­ments for two. www.brown­shotel.com. Albe­marle St, W1S 4BP. T: 020-7518 4009. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

The Spa at Dol­phin Square

Moroc­can-in­spired lux­ury. Sig­na­ture mas­sages in­clude the Moroc­can Ma­jorelle and Ara­bian Cer­e­mony. Treat­ments can be com­bined with a ham­mam. There is also a menu for hen par­ties. www.dol­phin­square.co.uk/spa. Chich­ester St, SW1V 3LX. T: 020-7798 6767. Off map. Sta­tion: Pim­lico.

Spa Il­lu­mi­nata

Voted the best day spa in Lon­don by Condé Nast, this spa’s menu in­cludes fa­cials, mas­sages and op­tions for men. Anti-age­ing treat­ments in­clude anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions and skin peels. www.spail­lu­mi­nata.com. 63 South Aud­ley St, W1K 2QS. T: 020-7499 7777. E6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.

Ur­ban Re­treat at Har­rods

This is one of the few places in Lon­don that of­fers paraf­fin wax baths. Spe­cial ser­vices in­clude ex­ten­sions, weaves, wig cre­ation and cut­ting in the Wig Boudoir. www.ur­ban­re­treat.co.uk. Fifth floor, Har­rods, 87-135 Bromp­ton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7893 8333. F5. Sta­tion: Knights­bridge.

Ush­vani

This plush venue was voted the best day spa by Tatler a few years ago. The phi­los­o­phy is based on an­cient Asian cul­ture and takes a holis­tic ap­proach to pam­per­ing. Treat­ments in­clude a Malay mas­sage and Ba­li­nese mas­sage, which in­cor­po­rate herbs and spices. www.ush­vani.com. 1 Cado­gan Gar­dens, SW3 2RJ. T: 020-7730 2888. G5. Sta­tion: Sloane Square.

SA­LONS Gen­tle­men’s Tonic

This is a stylish men-only groom­ing es­tab­lish­ment with a bar­ber­shop, body and hair treat­ments and a full range of prod­ucts. www.gen­tle­men­stonic.com. 31a Bru­ton Place, W1J 6NN. T: 020-7297 4343. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Geo F Trumper

A tra­di­tional bar­ber­shop in May­fair, which of­fers wet shaves, man­i­cures and hair cuts for an el­e­gant re­sult. www.trumpers.com. 9 Cur­zon St, W1J 5HQ. T: 020-7499 1850. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Her­sh­esons Blow Dry Bar

At this trendy hair­dresser to the stars, you can ask for your favourite fash­ion-for­ward look from a menu and a stylist will cre­ate it in 30 min­utes. www.her­sh­esons.com. Sel­fridges, 400 Ox­ford St, W1A 1AB. T: 020-7493 1600. E6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

Jo Hansford

This hair-colour sa­lon, which is home to top stylists, is renowned for its colour cor­rec­tion work. The sa­lon also has an in-house chef. www.jo hansford.com. 48 South Aud­ley St, W1K 2QB. T: 020-7495 7774. E6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.

Win­dle & Moodie

An award-win­ning hair sa­lon, which spe­cialises in up­front cat­walk looks. The 20-minute Speed Styling ser­vice in­cludes up­dos. www.windle­and moodie.com. 41- 45 Shorts Gar­dens, WC2H 9AP. T: 020-7497 2393. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

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