Thursday, July 26, 2012

Where is the best hidden location to relax in London?

Where is the best hidden location to relax in London?

If you're looking for a calming oasis in which to relax, there are plenty of London locations to choose from. Here are our top tips for time out in the capital.

Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms
Head to Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms for relaxing alternative treatments Photo: © Roberto S. Herrett / Alamy
In the Know question:
Where is the best 'hidden' location to relax in London?
Everyone’s idea of relaxation is different. But if solitude helps you unwind, visit one of London’s many cemeteries. Try a leafy walk amid the crumbling headstones of Abney Park in Stoke Newington if you’re in north London, or Nunhead Cemetery if you’re in the south.
If you're in central London, but need a quiet moment in which to gather your thoughts, All Souls, just minutes from the thronging crowds of Oxford Street, is a true refuge. It hosts lunchtime services on Thursdays at 1.30pm. While, in the City, try St Dunstan-in-the-East church garden. The church itself was destroyed during the Blitz, but the garden remains a haven, where you can enjoy fragrant plants and the relaxing sounds of a fountain.
Want to unwind and quench your thirst at the same time? The Japanese tea ceremony was inspired by Zen Buddhism and Teanamu Chaya Teahouse in Notting Hill will give you a taste of its relaxing properties as well as a delicious afternoon break. Choose from exotic Chinese and Japanese teas and healthy, unusual snacks in a calm, welcoming atmosphere.
Failing this, turn to the professionals. Hidden behind a non-descript doorway in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden are Neal’s Yard Therapy Rooms. Here therapists offer alternative treatments, many of which promote relaxation. Some you’ll have heard of – acupuncture and Indian head massage – while others might not be so familiar, like abdominal sacral therapy and hot towel hydrotherapy. Whatever you choose, the bustling streets of London will seem a world away.
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