It may be a time for giving but all that kindness is hard, right? And those Christmas parties have really been tiring you out, haven’t they? And you’ve also gotta be in tip-top shape for Christmas Day, don’t you?
If you answered yes to all of the above, I’ve got the ideal treat for partaking in a little “me, myself and I” – a spa day at the K West Hotel & Spa. I’m someone that rarely treats myself in this way, with my last spa visit having been a hen do over three years ago, so when SpaSeekers invited me to try out the afternoon tea and spa experience at the swanky Shepherd’s Bush Hotel, there was little to no chance I was gonna say no.
Situated in what was once BBC Kensington House, the K West has a musical heritage with the likes of David Bowie, Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse all having once played within the building. The hotel references this with a firm nod to rock and roll, mainly in the form of black and white photographs, pop art style artwork and plenty of music-related coffee table books to flick through. It’s proximity to the Hammersmith Apollo means it’s also still the hotel of choice for plenty of other current musicians.
The music business is also referenced in the laidback yet glam interior, with luxurious velvets and metallic tones taking centre stage. The front-of-house ‘Studio Bar’ has a moody, music-infused atmosphere with industrial-style pendant lamps hanging low over raised tables and textured silver wallpaper by Dixon & Turner. Even the drinks menu has been injected with some Rock ‘N’ Roll swagger, with six signature Bourbon Whiskey Cocktails available, plus the quirky K West special ‘Pickleback’ – a shot of Jack Daniels whiskey accompanied by a shot of pickle juice – erm, yum? And while I could have easily whisked away the night here, it was actually ‘The Library’ where we were headed for to try out the Glam Rock Afternoon Tea.
Designed to complement the front of house bar, The Library is a more relaxed and informal space with statement colourful artwork and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves complete with music-inspired coffee table books. It’s glamorous enough for the tea but chilled enough to ensure that you’re feeling like Kate Moss all over.
The tea itself is quite something and pretty different from the other standard offerings of swanky hotels. Colourful cups and vintage records set the scene for the alternative tea. The menu consists of mini-clubs and rainbow brioche sliders (both of which came in tasty veggie options), a selection of minted strawberry and watermelon mini-slushies; macaroons and tasty sorbet cones. There’s still scones – but fresh blueberry ‘rolling scones’ – and they come with a hefty amount of clotted cream and homemade jams to ensure that you’re filled up substantially. The pièce de résistance? For me, it had to be the white chocolate mini cheesecake bowls. They were sweet and indulgent and were perfectly paired with a glass of prosecco. Although just the one before a visit to the spa…
Awarded ‘Best Spa in London’ at the Good Spa Guide Awards 2015, K West’s holistic spa offers
a range of exclusive treatments. The spa features a twinkling hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room and fully equipped K Fit gymnasium. K Spa also introduced the first ‘Snow Paradise’ to London which although sounded super exciting, was unfortunately under repair on our visit.
The spa offers a variety of treatments including an express facial which left me feeling relaxed and my skin tightened. Again, this isn’t something I’ve had much in my time on earth, so I can’t really comment on how much it did for my skin but I did get that glowy feeling that makes you feel confident make-up free!
For those in need of a healthy dose of Vitamin D, the spa has just the fix with its ‘Sun Meadow’ treatment room which mimics natural daylight by dispensing de-stressing beams of light from the ceiling, supporting mental and physical health. As someone that suffers with low Vitamin D levels, I was pretty excited to test this feature out and improve my energy levels. While being perfect for people who suffer from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), apparently the treatment can also visibly improve these symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and arthritis. Overall, all of the above left me feeling super relaxed and I’ve vowed to make spa breaks a more permanent thing – even if it is a gift from me to me!
K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, London, W14 0AX
Afternoon Tea is available from 2-6pm, and with cocktails from 10pm-12am. This tea is priced from £28.50 per person depending on drink options. See the complete menu.
Guests of the hotel can use the spa facilities for £20 per person and non-guests can access from £50 per person. A Spa Day, including use of Wet Spa, gym and light lunch can be booked for £65 per person, Monday to Friday. A session in the Sun Meadow is £20 for 20 minutes. Due to its low intensity, the treatment can be repeated every other day. For more info on the spa prices visit the website here.