I needed some time out so did lots of searching for a good spa day. I was prepared to spend a bit of money on it as I wanted something really special for myself but I also didn't want to be rushed (or ripped off). The Porchester was ideal. I paid £65 and spent a whole day (6 hours) at the spa. I was welcomed really warmly and shown around, and given two towels for my visit.
You get access to the swimming pool (council pool) where the staff were so lovely they found me a replacement pair of goggles after mine broke (I didn't even ask, they just took the initiative). It wasn't a super swish pool but it was great.
The spa itself is beautiful. The Frigidarium is so lovely and very conducive to long lie downs for a nap or a read. And the Spa Cafe is great and really good value so you don't need to go anywhere, it is all there.
The hot rooms and steam bath are fine. They could probably do with a face-lift and if you are bothered about places being sterile clean then you might not like it. But just take a leaf out of the regulars book - take your flip flops and a cut-up yoga mat to sit on and you'll be just fine. Everyone is so friendly (but not in your face) it is a real pleasure to hang out there for a day.
I had the scrub (?) and full-body massage and I was really happy with it. I am looking forward to going back soon. Even getting home at rush hour during the tube strike couldn't take the smile off my face.
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