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The Berkeley Health Club and Spa is a bi-level sanctuary devoted to health and well-being, and you’ll find wet areas on both floors of the spa. Inside the men’s and women’s locker rooms, you’ll be able to sweat away any lingering toxins in either the wood sauna or the gray-tiled steam room before hopping into one of the frosted glass-door showers to cool down (and definitely do take a shower — not only do they have amazingly strong water pressure, they’re stocked with great-smelling Aesop shampoo, conditioner and body wash). Both the steam room and sauna are reasonably sized, especially for London, and they’re clean and well maintained, even if the locker room as a whole doesn’t have the most inspiring décor. Upstairs, meanwhile, you’ll find one of Berkeley’s most prized assets — its swimming pool. Boasting a retractable roof that opens up onto the sky during sunny, warm days, it’s actually the city’s only open-air rooftop swimming pool. The pool itself isn’t huge, but the spot is very tranquil, and a lovely way to get into a Zen frame of mind before you indulge in one of the London spa’s signature massages.