1 Grosvenor Gardens  

London

SW1W 0BD

 

Located in a former bank opposite Buckingham Palace, The Bath House - Russian Banya blends the traditions of the authentic Russian banya with the best of the contemporary spa.  Offering steam rooms, authentic treatments like parenie, organic scrubs and wraps, invigorating massage, delicious teas and freshly prepared food, the banya experience is the perfect antidote to intense, urban lifestyles and is somewhere to relax with friends, family or colleagues.

Take your time, unwind, forget about the stresses of urban life and you will emerge from your time at The Bath House refreshed and rebalanced. 

Russian Banya in Belgravia

“S Legkym Parom!”

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The Bath House – Russian Banya in Belgravia is reopening on Saturday 22nd August. Please call 0203 9062060 or email info@russianbanya.co.uk to book.

We will implement the following measures to manage risk on reopening:

  • Capacity reduction and reconfigured layout in lounge and parilka

  • Advance bookings only and customer bookings staggered

  • Ventilation systems set to maximise intake of fresh air

  • Frequent and extensive handwashing

  • Daily team wellness checks

  • Adjustment of staff shift patterns

  • Additional training for staff

  • Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and touch points every 30 minutes

  • Use of PPE where appropriate

OUR STORY

TREATMENTS

FOOD AND DRINKS

What is Russian Banya?

 

The banya is the Russian cousin of the steam baths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the Finnish sauna, Turkish hammam, the Japanese onsen and many others. The optimal temperature in the banya is somewhere between 55 and 70 degrees while the humidity ranges between 40% and 70%.

Somewhere to Meet 

 

Banya is somewhere to wash, to relax, to eat and drink, do business and to meet friends. Wherever there are Russians, you will find banyas. They come in all shapes and sizes, from basic rural shacks to vast palatial urban complexes, are simultaneously private and communal spaces and are popular among all classes, sexes and ages.

Some History

The banya has its origins in the woods and was where people would meet to wash. A large wooden chamber was heated using a wood-burning stove onto which water was thrown to generate steam. People would gather inside to sweat, wash and beat themselves with birch and oak branches. After steaming themselves, they would rush out to swim in nearby lakes and rivers or dive into snowdrifts.

 

Before the arrival of Christianity in Russia the banya was also the spiritual centre of the community. The banya was not just somewhere to wash but also a place to feast, to worship, to mourn and to marry. Women would often give birth in the banya and the dead would be bathed and sent on their way to the afterlife with a venik.

The bathhouse is somewhere to purify both the body and the soul.

LADIES' DAYS

 

Mondays and Thursdays

GENTLEMEN'S DAYS

 

Tuesdays

MIXED DAYS

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Please note that swimwear on these days is essential.

  OPENING HOURS:

Monday - Saturday

From 10 AM to 11PM

Sunday

From 10AM to 10PM

The History of the Banya

Steam and Heat: Health Benefits of Banya

Rituals of the Russian Banya: the Venik

The interior design of The Bath House is the work of Natalia Meleshkevich, an interior designer and an architect based in London.

Traditional Russian Steam Bath

Put on a felt hat and spend time in the steam rooms heated by traditional Russian stoves and infused with the aroma of mint, pine or eucalyptus. Then try parenie, a venik massage with oak or birch leaves and enjoy the contrast of the ice-cold plunge pool or the tipping bucket.

Choose from a range of invigorating treatments including organic body scrubs, washes and massage on the hot stone.  Then eat freshly cooked, traditional Russian dishes and try a range of herbal teas and juices or draft beers and vodka in the restaurant. 

Branch out from your usual spa routine – try something different. Keep fit and well with regular visits to the Russian banya at the Bath House. Banya will rejuvenate your friendships and restore mind, body and soul.

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Address:

1 Grosvenor Gardens

London

  SW1W 0BD

 

Phone: 0203 906 2060

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