No 904-905. Take a Turkish Bath / Bucket List No 13 – Enjoy a spa day

1 Jan

Apart from voucher deals, a visit to a spa tends to mean a big splurge…until Spa London came along.

With six locations around London, the ethos behind Spa London is to make the pampering experience more affordable while still offering the luxury of a spa. The one in York Hall comes highly recommended by my cousin who teaches swimming there, but if you want a bit of London history head to Ironmonger Row Baths.

Ironmonger Row Baths

Ironmonger Row Baths

Initially a public wash house, which was then turned into a Turkish Bath, it is now a fully equipped gym with a hammam downstairs. You can pay £25 to use the facilities for four hours and there is plenty to keep you busy. Two saunas, three thermal rooms, two steam rooms, a monsoon shower (which lights up and blasts you with cooling water jets), an ice bucket shower, a plunge pool and a relaxation room with herbal teas and fruit.

I booked me and my sister in law a Turkish Bath which cost £60. As well as all the above, it includes a full body wash with black soap, body scrub and a massage. They even washed us down with warm rose water poured from clay jugs which made me feel a little like Cleopatra.

Fluffy bathrobe and slippers

Fluffy bathrobe and slippers

When we arrived, we were given a bag with a fluffy robe and slippers which puts you in the right mood for getting pampered. It’s so much fun trying everything out and we even braved the ice bucket and plunge pool (twice!). The relaxation room is really lovely with wooden loungers, fluffy blankets and soothing music. There were a few people who had dozed off in there while we tried to eat our apples as quietly as possible.

Relaxation Room - my favourite bit of the spa

Relaxation Room – my favourite bit of the spa

This was a really lovely way to spend a day and have some much needed catch up time. Definitely take a friend to giggle with, but be warned, the spa experience can be addictive. Our plan for 2015 is to keep an eye out for voucher deals and try as many spas as possible. This could turn out to be an expensive, but very enjoyable, new habit. 


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