Holiday shopping can be stressful, and not just because of the looming economic situation. That’s why Vapiano is offering Saturday pampering sessions to tired shoppers looking for a break from retail traffic jams.

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If you’re looking for an Oxford Street oasis (and we’re not talking about the clothing shop), then check out the Italian restaurant’s new branch on Great Portland Street. Besides getting made-to-order pizza, pasta and salad, you can unwind with a free manicure, hand or shoulder massage, face-mapping session or beauty consultation.

Representatives from the London College of Massage, London School of Reflexology, London Beauty Academy and companies like Dermalogica will all be available to help with the relaxation. Dermalogica’s face mapping is especially helpful, with company skincare specialists analysing 14 regions of the face and offering samples of products to improve or maintain skin health.

The restaurant – with its comfy couches, open fireplace and a massive wine list – just might tempt you to stay all day.

– Jill Hilbrenner

Vapiano, located at 19-21 Great Portland Street, is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.