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There’s plenty to do in London, from shopping to clubbing, but taking a little time out to pamper yourself is always a good idea. Here are a few places you might not have thought of...

Any comments - or a suggestion for a London secret? Please e-mail me.

Relaxation

City Golf

Play 18 holes, no matter the weather, on St Andrews or any other top course you want – on the big screen.

A PGA Professional can help you with your swing, using video analysis if needed, while the bar keeps you plied with drink or food.

40 Coleman Street EC2
Tel: +44(0)20 7796 5960
Tube: Bank
www.citygolfclubs.com

City of London Bowls Club

Founded in 1924, originally open only to City of London residents, this club now welcomes everyone. The clubhouse bar is open to non-playing members while,  beside the public bowling green, the old club pavilion is now a wine bar and restaurant.

Finsbury Circus EC2
Tube: Liverpool Street

The Grove

A beach? Less than an hour from Central London? Yes, the Grove has a beach (in summer) and a public golf course that Tiger Woods played on, and all the usual luxuries you expect from a top hotel: spa, excellent restaurants and efficient staff.

The Grove, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire WD3
Tel: +44 (0) 1923 807807
www.thegrove.co.uk

Finnish Church

Just near the Thames Rotherhithe tunnel, this starkly modern church is home to the Finnish community. Its typical Finish sauna is open from Tuesday to Sunday for communal sessions (separate times for men and women) or you can make a private booking.

33 Albion Street SE16
Tel. +44-(0)20 7237 4668
www.finnishchurch.org.uk

Truefit & Hill

The ‘oldest barber in the world’ (see the Guinness Book of Records Certificate on the wall) is a place to have a haircut or shave in the same chair that has sat countless celebrities and royals from nearby
St James’s Palace.

71 St James's Street SW1
Tel: +44(0)20 7493 2961
Tube: Green Park
www.truefittandhill.co.uk

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