If you go down to Shepherd’s Bush today, turn right before the bridge and walk down Richmond Way road, you’ll be in for a big surprise.
Tucked away on this quiet residential street is K West, a former BBC recording studio, which is now a hotel, bar and spa.
Although it’s been open for more than ten years, I’d never been to the spot. But a friend informed me the understated haunt is a big hit with music industry crowd.
‘Everyone used to record here from Bob Marley to Amy Winehouse,’ I was told as I was shown around the building, which still carries a sort of office-like vibe.
I’d decided to unwind at the K West spa with an 80 minute hot herbal destress massage. It was a Wednesday afternoon around 3pm but the spa was busy. I spied a mother and daughter, a husband and wife and couple of girls all wandering around all robed up.
One thing you notice at K West spa is how quiet it is. Apparently the sound-proofing originally installed from the BBC days still exists at K West. I was cocooned away from the London noise.
There are four treatment rooms at the spa with a range of specially designed treatments on offer.
Most of the massages and facials make use of Aromatherapy Associates products but I was having a herbal massage that would involve a mix of essential oils.
My therapist for the afternoon started out by pressing my pressure points via the ‘royal touch’ which meant all of the hand movements took place through a towel.
Despite the material buffer, the massage permeated my body and I was lulled into a land of calm.
Next, she moved all over my body massaging each limb at a time. First my feet, then my legs, then my back, with my arms to finish.
I had a feeling we were near the end of the massage but amazingly we were only halfway through and I relished the second half.
After I was instructed to turn over in the candlelight darkness, the masseuse used snaking movements across my stomach before kneading my shoulders and neck.
It was a really great treatment – hard pressure and soothing smells – and one highly recommended for those looking to unwind.
A hypnotic soundtrack played with dolphins singing instead of the rock and roll I’d been greeted with in the hotel lobby.
I felt so much more tranquil and it was tricky to get up off the cosy bed.
‘You’re like a knotted ball,’ the masseuse told me afterwards.
After having a treatment at K West spa you have to check out the snow room.
This unique therapy room actually produces real snow thanks to a nifty machine.
I wandered in here for a few minutes and paddled around in the snowy powder. The sauna afterwards was a welcome relief and I swiftly thawed out, reclining into a subdued state.
I’m told the weekends and Mondays are especially busy at K West so it’s good to book in advance.
And for those looking to carry on a day of indulgence, K West has an afternoon tea menu.
Think scones served on old vinyls instead of fine China.
On leavings K West the sun was shining and I had a spring in my step.
A weight had definitely been lifted. Maybe I wasn’t quite the knotted ball I was three hours ago.
To book a treatment or visit to K West Spa and Hotel visit www.k-west.co.uk.