Zetter gets better
Nestled in Clerkenwell, the stylish Zetter Hotel has a new arrival on its ground floor. By day, Club Zetter is a members-only workspace offering the perfect environment in which to work, meet and relax while, in the evening, it’s open to the public as a chic and refined bar. When it comes to the drinks, wine is most certainly king, with an extensive list of old and new world varieties available by the bottle, glass and even on tap. A great selection of craft beers and a small list of classic cocktails are also on offer. There’s a menu of small plates and bar snacks, including an excellent British charcuterie board from the Cobble Lane Cured butchery in Islington.
SPAS Aveda Institute
Full-service salon offering cuts, colour, blow-drying and botanical treatments using Aveda’s plant-based products. Beauty and spa treatments are available, and a special barber and grooming service for men. www.avedainstitute.co.uk. 174 High Holborn, WC1V 7AA. T: 020-7759 7355. D8. Station: Holborn.
Bamford Haybarn Spa
This relaxing day spa has a holistic approach to wellbeing, using botanic products including Oskia facials. www.the-berkeley.co.uk. The Berkeley hotel, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL. T: 020-7201 1699. F6. Station: Knightsbridge.
Beauty Rooms at Fortnum & Mason
Offers waxing, Sisley and Environ facials and nail treatments. Special packages include the Flagging Shopper, a foot and back massage. www.fortnumandmason.com. 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER. T: 020-7973 4094. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Blue Harbour Health Club & Spa
Swim in the 56ft pool, unwind in the sauna, steam room and relaxation suite or get a hair treatment. There is a choice of massages available. www.blueharbourspa.co.uk. Chelsea Harbour Drive, SW10 0XG. T: 020-7300 5011. Off map. Station: Imperial Wharf.
An oasis of calm in the West End, boasting a premium selection of treatments, facials and massages for both men and women. Top brands include Nubo and Carita. www.brownshotel.com. Albemarle St, W1S 4BP. T: 020-7518 4009. E7. Station: Bond Street.
Step inside this luxury spa, which uses the principles of Chinese medicine to rebalance mind, body and spirit. www.chuanspa.com. The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent St, W1B 1JA. T: 020-7973 7550. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Elemis Day Spa
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, this spa has been designed to stimulate all the senses, with treatments ranging from anti-ageing facials to hands-on body therapies and detox programmes. www.elemis. com/dayspa. 2-3 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EX. T: 020-7499 4995. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Stylish gentlemen-only grooming establishment with barber shop, body, skin and lifestyle treatments and a full range of products. Also available at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. www.gentlemens tonic.com. 31a Bruton Place, W1J 6NN. T: 0207297 4343. E6. Station: Bond Street.
A luxury spa inspired by Chinese massage methods. There is also a menu designed specifically for men, and a well-equipped fitness centre. www.mandarin oriental.com. 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA. T: 0207235 2000. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
Spa with a contemporary edge and a luxurious Asian touch. Eight treatment rooms plus manicure and pedicure stations. www.mandaraspa.com. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7UT. T: 020-7620 7300. Station: Waterloo.
Offering more than 50 personalised treatments, ranging from massages to beauty treats from brands such as Natura Bissé. Excellent health club and pool. www.onealdwych.com. One Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. T: 020-7300 0600. D8. Station: Covent Garden.
London’s first men-only spa has treatments ranging from a traditional Hair of the Dog shave to full-blown luxury facials and deep-tissue massage. Also available at Harrods. www.the-refinery.com. 60 Brook St, W1K 5DU. T: 020-7409 2001. Station: Bond Street.
The Spa at Dolphin Square
Morocco-inspired luxury from a team of spa mentors, offering a treatment menu including massage and traditional hammam exfoliation with a Kessa glove and black soap. www.dolphinsquare. co.uk/spa. Chichester St, SW1V 3LX. T: 020-7798 6767. Off map. Station: Pimlico.
Enjoy the aromatherapy expertise of Carita, Decléor and Environ in this holistic skin and bodycare haven (p. 76). www.spailluminata.com. 63 South Audley St, W1K 2QS. T: 020-7499 7777. E6. Station: Marble Arch.
Urban Retreat at Harrods
Enjoy myriad beauty treatments including massages, paraffin wax treatments and haircare, using top products. www.urbanretreat.co.uk. Fifth floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7893 8333. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
This plush, highly regarded day spa is an oasis of tranquility in Chelsea. Enjoy massages and facials; couples can use the Asmara Suite, which is filled with Malaysian furnishings and decorative carvings. www.ushvani.com. 1 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ. T: 020-7730 2888. G5. Station: Sloane Square.
SALONS Geo F Trumper
This traditional barber shop in the heart of Mayfair offers wet shaves, toiletries and accessories 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 recreate it in under 30 minutes. www.hershesons.com. Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB. T: 020-7493 1600. E6. Station: Bond Street.
This hair colour salon is home to top stylists, and renowned also for colour correction work. The spa also offers manicure and pedicure treatments. www.johansford.com. 48 South Audley St, W1K 2QB. T: 020-7495 7774. E6. Station: Marble Arch.
Windle & Moodie
Award-winning full-service hair salon specialising in catwalk looks for the everyday woman. It uses Bumble & Bumble products. www.windleand moodie.com. 41 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AP. T: 020-7497 2393. Station: Covent Garden.
1Make sure you use your concierge With a wealth of knowledge, experience and up-to-date information on attractions, a concierge will provide a personalised service. Whether you require a restaurant reservation, a personal guided tour of London or you would like us to plan your day, we will utilise our experience to deliver a memorable stay. I was once asked to clean a one-of-a-kind pair of diamond-encrusted shoes. We offered the assistance of a diamond dealer known to us in Hatton Garden. 2 We can get you into top restaurants Our guests request restaurant bookings at Sexy Fish, Zuma, Novikov Asian and Kitty Fisher’s.
3See the best of London in one day I would start the day bright and early with a Blue Badge guided tour; after this I would head to some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, followed by a traditional afternoon tea. Then I’d go on to The British Museum or perhaps take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Albert Hall. To round off the day, I’d enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at The Ivy followed by a West End show. 4 Make sure you enjoy a quintessentially English experience My top three would be watching Andy Murray at Wimbledon, an Ashes Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground and a day’s shooting in the Cotswolds. From the moment you enter, you are greeted by warm, friendly and professional staff. We have the Rib Room Restaurant serving the finest British cuisine; the Peak Health Club & Spa with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms; access to Cadogan Gardens, providing our guests with a hidden botanical oasis in the middle of Knightsbridge; and two tennis courts. Clockwise from top left: The bar at Sexy Fish; the Houses of Parliament; Lord’s Cricket Ground
Jason Laker-Jones, head concierge at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, shares his tips on how to make the most of your trip