AIRE Ancient Baths review: Why London’s newest day spa is worth the hype

A Spanish concept modelled on ancient Roman and Greek baths, this is a soothing way to thaw out on a winter’s afternoon, writes Lucy Thackray

Friday 14 January 2022 09:03
<p>The floatarium at AIRE Ancient Baths London</p>

The floatarium at AIRE Ancient Baths London

As I stroll into AIRE Ancient Baths, a recently opened day spa just off the Strand in London, I’m struck by how exotic it feels.

Tealights flicker in tiny star-speckled Moroccan lanterns, an oud-y scent wafts through hallways of high ceilings and artfully distressed, peeling walls, and staff with sophisticated European accents whisper instructions in hushed tones.

This building is a curiosity in itself. The one-time home of Peter Pan author JM Barrie, it’s a regal old 18th-century mansion that’s been stripped back for Spanish spa brand AIRE’s purposes: namely, creating an olde-worlde spa vibe that reimagines the ancient, sociable and restorative tradition of the city bathhouse.

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