How sudden temperature changes impact your body and mind

9C plunge pool

It is interesting to note that when we spend some time in the steam room, we think about how to escape the heat rather than the actual benefits of the banya. In fact, we need to remember that the heating and cooling we experience will activate physical, chemical and thermal processes, which will in turn […]

How to have a Russian weekend in London – Review from The Spectator

Banya No.1 - Review from The Spectator

Benedict Cumberbatch’s turn as Greville Wynne – the British engineer who helped MI6 smuggle secret intel out of Soviet Russia – in The Courier has shone a light on London’s Cold War past. While the USSR and KGB might be gone, our capital still has a few souvenirs from the era – not to mention […]

The benefits of a St John’s wort herbal steam

st johns wort

St John’s wort is a herbal remedy that was very familiar to our ancestors, both in Russia and in England. In fact, because it was believed to have magical powers, it was often used to treat a variety of health problems. St John’s wort was valued for its ability to heal wounds, ward off evil […]

London’s Best Beauty Treatments – Review by The Handbook

Russian Banya No.1

Tired of London and you’re tired of life, the saying goes. Feeling a bit lacklustre about your newfound freedom? This Russian Banya experience will reignite your passion for the city (and all its… eccentric offerings) while conveniently making it feel like you’ve escaped to Moscow. Added bonus, it’ll pep you up for any events filling […]

What is a Banya?! INTENSE Russian Spa in London! Video review

Video Review from Roaming Rebecca

Banya No.1 – Russian bathhouse experience! In the middle of Hoxton is a traditional Russian spa, or Banya. But it’s not like a regular spa. I know you wouldn’t think you could feel like you’ve been transported to the woods of Siberia in the UK…but I promise you, you can! Video review from Roaming Rebecca: