10 Oct 5 Ways to Relax and Indulge in London

When you’re a long-term traveller like myself, sometimes it’s nice to just relax and indulge once in a while. London is a great city to do just that, whether you decide on a luxury spa break or afternoon tea at The Ritz.

Here’s 5 ways you can relax and indulge in London:

1. Go for afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea The Savoy

Why not indulge in a great British tradition and go for afternoon tea? Cake stands filled with little sandwiches and miniature cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream, and most importantly tea in a pot with fine bone china…there’s nothing more quintessentially British than proper afternoon tea. Dress in your best and try afternoon tea at somewhere like The Ritz, The Savoy, The Dorchester or Claridge’s.

2. Hit the Spa

Traveling is exhausting, so every so often I treat myself to a day of pampering. Spa Breaks in London are a great way to relax and unwind. Turn the phone off, get your nails done and book yourself in for a body treatment. If you’re looking for a massage in London to help you forget those crowded London tube stations and the stresses of urban life, visit Metta in Fitzrovia. Try the Thai Combination massage which uses traditional stretching and pressure point techniques in combination with the relaxing movements of an oil massage, giving you the best of both worlds. All treatments come with a complimentary floral foot bath and herbal tea.

3. Take in a show

If you fancy a bit of culture, then London offers some of the world’s best theatre. London’s West End is perfect place to catch a musical, a play or a comedy show. You can book a hotel package deal and make a night of it by going out for dinner before or after the show.

4. Shop till you drop

Harrods of London

London is one of the most fashionable capital cities on the planet. From markets and vintage boutiques, to big shopping centres like Westfield, to luxury retail stores like Harrods, London has something for all budgets and tastes.

5. Sip on cocktails

There’s no better way to unwind at the end of the day than with a cocktail in hand. London has some of the finest luxury cocktail bars, and you never know, you may even spot a celebrity or two! Throw on your cocktail attire and head to one of London’s best cocktail bars, such as Milk & Honey, Purl, Whistling Shop, Callooh Callay or the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy. If you like your Martinis, then you should head to Duke’s Bar, which is renowned for its famous martinis. The bar was a popular haunt of James Bond author Ian Fleming, and is said to be the inspiration for the line, “shaken, not stirred”. Try Alessandro Palazzi’s new Fleming 89 martini which celebrates the link between Dukes and James Bond.

photos by Dean Ayres and Jason Milich on flickr

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Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

  • ChillorThrill
    Posted at 14:49h, 15 October Reply

    I’m definitely going to try the Flemming 89 martini! Thanks for your tips. Check out some of our handpicked activities and products to suit your mood! Yvonna

  • Marco
    Posted at 02:50h, 16 October Reply

    Although I wouldn’t call myself a tea-drinker, I think on my next vacation to London I’ll have to indulge in a cup or two of English tea. I have to say that I’m a little upset it didn’t even cross my mind during my last trip!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    Posted at 15:46h, 17 October Reply

    I will definitely be partaking in high tea and James Bond martinis on my next visit, which should be next month!

  • Margyle
    Posted at 00:58h, 18 October Reply

    How decadent lol… I definitely never got to do this while I was in London… it was just go go go! But I still enjoyed it. Might have to try this way next time!

  • harley @ travel ant
    Posted at 10:27h, 26 October Reply

    You can’t beat London for cocktails bars. I second that, Duke’s Bar is the place to go for the best Martinis…

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