Thai Square Spa: A hideaway from the chaos of the capital
Words by Lorelle Williams
The location: Thai Square Spa, a subterranean luxe day spa, is located smack bang in Central London, just a three minute walk from both Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations.
The decor: Constructed in a grand Georgian building which originally housed Victorian Turkish baths, this luxurious day spa has a mix of Thai, Roman and Turkish décor.
The large reception area where guests fill out their consultation forms is brightly lit with a shiny black marble floor and wood-panelled walls. The changing rooms, whilst small, hold everything that is needed. Each guest is given a locker containing a robe and branded flip-flops for to be worn at all times in the spa.
Downstairs, the spa and relaxation areas are dimly lit, quiet oases of calm. Tiny Buddha statues holding candles line the staircases and hallways, cream curtains hang from the ceilings over treatment beds and grand Grecian style pillars surround the relaxation area.
Why do I recognise it? Thai Square Spa was featured on BBC’s The Apprentice; the winning team were treated to the spa’s Golden Maharani Facial.
What’s on offer? Aside from an exhaustive spa treatment menu, there’s a small hot wooden sauna, Jacuzzi, Himalayan salt room, rasul and three relaxation areas.
Which treatment should I go for? The treatment menu is vast and includes everything from traditional Thai massage (as expected) to golden facials and maternity specific treatments. There’s also a handful of male-only treatments for today’s modern gent.
The spa lists the following as its key treatments:
– Traditional Thai Massage
– Thai Herbal Healer
– Himalayan Ritual Massage
– Traditional Thai Facial
– Golden Maharani Facial
– Gentlemen’s Collagen Recharge
– Thai Square Signature Scrub
– Siamese Sole Foot Therapy
– Pre-birth / Post-birth Essential
– Post-flight Serenity
– Luxury Manicure / Pedicure
The treatment I experienced was the one hour Traditional Thai Facial (£85).
The Procedure? The Traditional Thai Facial started with a Thai foot wash while I relaxed and drank herbal tea. Once on the treatment bed my skin was given a double cleanse with a hot steaming flannel that was left on my face to open the pores. Thai herbal compresses were then used to improve blood circulation to my face and soften and moisturise the skin. I was given intermittent shoulder, neck and scalp massages throughout to complement the facial and de-stress my mind.
Dining? A traditional Thai cuisine such as sticky jasmine rice, Thai green curry and stir fried fresh vegetables are included in Thai Square Spa’s full spa-day packages. Guests need to order their lunch in advance so that any dietary requirements can be catered for.
Has it won any awards? Thai Square Spa is a previous recipient of The Good Spa Guide’s Best Spa Group 2016, The World Luxury Spa Award 2018 and has been featured as one the UK’s best spas by both the Independent and Time Out London.
The verdict? A tranquil and relaxing atmosphere in the heart of the city, highly attentive staff and a reasonably priced treatment menu, Thai Square Spa, In comparison with London’s nearby spas, is easy on the wallet and even the most seasoned of spa goers (such as myself) find the vast range of treatments on offer to be impressive.
Address: 25 Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5AP.
Tel: 0207839 7990