Body by Simone
Since Triyoga was forced out by developers some five years ago, the leafy neighborhood of Primrose Hill has lacked a wellness hub. That changed with the arrival of the body-sculpting workout studio Body by Simone this month. Already a Hollywood wonder, the Australian dancer-turned-trainer Simone De La Rue has worked with Chrissy Teigen, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Sandra Bullock (who she famously prepped for her role in “Gravity”). Blending intense dance cardio and strength training, the BBS technique molds a long, lean powerfully defined physique. 86-88 Delancey Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7SA, bodybysimone.com.
Yoga takes an art-informed, immersive turn at this hip Shoreditch studio. Inspired by the illuminating work of artists such as James Turrell, ChromaYoga creator Nina Ryder peps up the ancient practice with light and color therapy. Classes in what she calls “light therapy yoga” are curated according to your mood. Guests can choose between an energizing “Red,” dynamic “Blue,” or soothing “Pink” class — or they can go all-out at the dynamic “Chromatic” class, aimed at easing the impact of seasonal change on the body’s natural circadian rhythms. 45 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3DP, chromayoga.co.uk.
Jasmine Hemsley Sound Baths
You could argue that it was the Australian sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley — better known as Hemsley & Hemsley — who helped kick-start the detox trend in London with the 2014 launch of their best-selling cookbook, “The Art of Eating Well.” Now, the glow-y skinned siblings both have their own successful pursuits. While Melissa zeroes in on her work as a chef and food writer, one of Jasmine’s many forays into the world of wellness is the sound bath — something of a novelty in the British capital. Whether alone, or together with her friend Toni Dicks under the moniker Sound Sebastien, Hemsley leads sonic experiences that are, she says, both “dreamy and nurturing.” Guests are given blankets, lavender-infused eye masks and invited to lie down and immerse themselves in the percussive orchestra of crystal bowls, chimes and hand drums. “You only need to arrive and surrender,” Hemsley says. jasminehemsley.com.
A Place to Heal
Pagan rituals meet psychological research at this soothing sanctuary in Holland Park. Set up by the psychotherapist and biodynamic psychologist Fiona Arrigo — a former model and socialite in the 1970s — this spa represents something of a seismic shift in a country that’s stereotypically therapy-averse. Devotees of the mind-cleansing “Arrigo Programme” no longer need to journey to her Somerset cottage for a four-day retreat; anyone can now book in for a swift London session hosted in a plush Victorian drawing room. Arrigo wanted to create somewhere to “reflect, learn, commune and find inner calm.” With New Moon Goddess gatherings and Vedic mysticism also on the menu, it’s about as close as you can get to nirvana this side of the West Way. 118B Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA, aplacetoheal.co.uk.
Amanda Lacey Facial Atelier
So beloved is the calmative ethos of the London facialist Amanda Lacey that more than a quarter-of-a-century since she started her practice, the waiting list at her understated Chelsea atelier remains stubbornly long. Lacey’s restorative skin philosophy relies on essential oils to target issues and anti-aging (facials are performed by her alone). Her small line of perfume and skin-care products are made in her lab, which includes the much raved-about new rose-infused Soft Pink Cream, and comes in wonderfully old-school, apothecary-style glass bottles. amandalacey.com/facial-atelier.