Monthly Archives: January 2020

How did the Russian banya arrive in London?

Russian banya in London

While Banya No.1 opened as recently as 2012, the story of Russian bath houses in London goes back much further. It all began in Odessa in the 1820s during the Russian Empire. This is when the first anti-Jewish pogroms (targeted anti-Jewish riots) occurred. The reason for these violent attacks was that there had been rumours […]

Losing Extra Weight After Christmas Holidays

Banya facilities

After Christmas holidays and unlimited food on our tables we all face the same problem of extra weight. Every Russian knows that Banya is one of the best ways to detox. Why not try it out? The typical visit to Banya involves a treatment called Parenie – at the steam room with the temperature up […]

The best Russian banyas in London – Review from Culture Whisper

Russian steam room

Banya No.1, Islington Where: 17 Micawber Street, London N1 7TB Price: From £45 to use the spa space, treatments extra Apparently, Kate Moss, Liv Tyler and Renée Zellweger have all been for a session here. There are plenty of traditional treatments to try while enjoying the Slavic -style hot room. The plunge pool is a […]

How to be healthy in London – Review by FT Globetrotter

Financial Times about Banya No.1

Forget the fry-ups and the beer. Here are six ways to sample the city’s more wholesome ways to eat, relax and travel around. But the visitor to Britain is more at risk. Every hostelry, from rural B&Bs to five-star hotels, offers the full English; at the former, you will be asked the night before how […]