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!”
THE BATH HOUSE - RUSSIAN BANYA TO REOPEN ON MAY 17
In line with the recent guidelines from the UK government, saunas and steam rooms will open on May 17 at the earliest.
All being well, we hope to welcome you back at The Bath House from 10 am on Monday the 17th of May.
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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.
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.
Mondays and Thursdays
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Please note that swimwear on these days is essential.
Monday - Sunday
From 10 AM to 10PM
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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