Spa LONDON, Wimbledon is a public sector spa that offers an accessible, luxury spa experience in a local leisure centre. It’s a joint venture between not-for-profit social enterprise GLL and Merton Council and is making real inroads in the spa market.
It’s modern, new, light and airy. Once you walk through the doors you forget you are in a leisure centre completely. It makes spa accessible and more affordable, but don’t get me wrong. The spa treatments aren’t dirt cheap, but you can enjoy the facilities for under £20. The range of thermal facilities was impressive and includes a Hammam suite, steam rooms, sauna, plunge pool and relaxation lounge. Lots of treatment rooms (so easy to get an appointment). the only drawback is that the relaxation area is also the corridor to the thermal suite – so perhaps not as relaxing as it should be.
I was really impressed with the spa – it’s bringing the spa experience to the masses, whilst retaining quality brands and treatments in a smart, modern space.
I had an Elemis Deep Tissue Muscle Massage, so effectively a back neck and shoulder massage using an Elemis uplifting massage oil. I wanted to feel invigorated and awake. Despite initial trepidation from my therapist (she knew I was there to do a review) once she got under way with the treatment she demonstrated her expert knowledge and great hands. I was impressed that she worked on my shoulder blades and neck area (which I identified in my consultation as requiring attention). It was an intuitive massage and didn’t just follow a set protocol.
About Spa LONDON
The launch in Wimbledon follows the successful introduction of the UK’s first public sector spa concept to Bethnal Green in London’s East End over five years ago. The original spa LONDON, which is housed within the historic York Hall building in Tower Hamlets 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.
Treatment prices start at just £10, while a three-hour visit to the thermal suite costs just £15 for concessions and £18 for non-members.
Elemis Deep Tissue Muscle Massage: 50mins – £65