Sometimes you just deserve to be bathed in the lap of luxury and, in the UK, there are few better places to experience that in the heart of London. There’s a lot to do in the city at any time of year, but this time we’re looking at enjoying the most relaxed, indulgent, and easy experience possible.

How to relax in London

Pamper yourself silly

If there’s one thing that London does really well, it’s providing the perfect place and treatments to really pamper yourself. Vogue’s list of top spas in the city is well worth looking at if you want to see the sheer variety of different options on offer.

If it’s a romantic retreat you’re looking for, then couple’s massages at Urban Massage are well worth looking into. There’s a growing market of mobile massage therapists, too, so you might be able to get one in the comfort of your own room no matter what accommodation you choose. The luxury of a massage in your hotel is no longer relegated to the five-star hotels alone.

Stay comfortable

That said, you want to make sure that you choose accommodation that truly befits the indulgence theme. To that end, you don’t have to splurge on big hotels with over-engaging staff and too many guests to be comfortable. Instead, you can rest in privacy and peace with luxury flats from London Serviced Apartments.

This growing market of individualised accommodation offers a whole variety of locations, all of them giving you the perfect balance between your own space and the service expected of a hotel.

Dine with style

A great metropolitan city can be judged by its food and in that regard, London stands well above most places in Europe. That might seem like a controversial statement, but with the high-altitude dining available at Searcy’s at the Gherkin, it’s a very literal statement. This elevated “seaside in the sky” restaurant offers great seafood to go with a 360-degree view of the city that’s reminiscent of the CN Tower in Toronto – only without the dizzying rotation and with London’s own unique character.

Three bags full

You can’t talk about indulging in London without taking a trip out to the shops, either. One of the great fashion capitals of the world, the single best time to visit has to be during London Fashion Week.

Even when Fashion Week’s not on, there’s literally too much to see and try on in most London city break visits. Whether it’s the designer labels and fresh-off-the-runway looks of Mayfair or the more boutique, personality-bursting choices of Shoreditch, there is something for everyone in a London shopping trip without a doubt.

If you choose to populate the space between your splurges, your spas, and your sleep with many of the attractions throughout the city, be sure to look through the travel category and look at some of the other pieces of London we have. For a relaxing retreat, however, the points above can be enough to build the perfect city break.