Yearly Archives: 2014

Branches, beer and beetroot juice: Is this Britain’s most unusual spa?

Russian spa

BANYA No. 1 is bringing the traditional Siberian spa experience to London, swapping candles and soothing music for cold water and hot leaves… Banya No.1 is bringing the traditional Siberian spa experience to London, swapping candles and soot. Being thwacked with bunches of wet oak leaves by huge Russian bears might not sound relaxing, but […]

Breaking Travel News investigates: Some Like It Hot at Banya No.1

Some Like It Hot at Banya No.1

Banya No.1 in Old Street, London, opened in January 2013. I will admit to a little trepidation visiting Banya No.1 for the first time. Images of the near freezing plunge pool haunted me as we arrived, while thoughts of the banya staff (banschiki) lashing my skin with birch branches were also a cause for concern. […]

From Russia with tough love | The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times banya review

There’s a joke the Finns make about the Swedes: they call their saunas “warm rooms”. This is because the Finns aren’t very good at jokes. (Nobody, you’ll note, is insisting Mock the Week has at least one Finn on its panel every week.) It’s also because the Finns think a sauna should be hot. Really […]

The Banya by Yellow

Russian banya

Hardly a week goes by without another Russian themed pop-up event or exhibition appearing in my inbox; this is the problem with signing up to all these events websites, they start making you feel like you have to join in or you’re missing out. If I had the time I could easily be at a different event, […]

The Bite Magazine – it may be a Russian spa, but let’s not keep it just for Russians!

The Bite Magazine

Banya No. 1 is London’s first (and currently only) traditional Russian Banya. Whilst the word ‘Banya’ may be unfamiliar to us in the UK, for most Russians, it’s a way of life. Many Russians go to a Banya once a week or more, to socialise, meet friends, and get the relaxing and invigorating Banya treatment. […]