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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 […]

Follow in Jack Whitehall’s footsteps and do something different with your dad this Father’s Day

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Looking for something a bit different to do with your dad this Father’s Day? Well, how about following in the footsteps of TV star Jack Whitehall? The comedian took his dad to Banya No.1 for hit show Backchat and the Russian Bath House and Wellness Spa in London is inviting sons and daughters to do […]

So hot right now: London’s new sauna obsession – Review by Florence Derrick

So hot right now

I’m face down on a hot wooden bench, in a dimly lit steam room. To my side, a large, hairy man dressed in swimming trunks opens the door of a deep stove that resembles a pizza oven. Inside, red-hot metal glows at 700ºC. He throws in a ladle of cold water, which explodes into steam. […]

Wellness the British way – Review by Travel Weekly

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If you were to find yourself, as I did, prostrate and naked on a bench in an infernal steam sauna, your face mashed into a pile of birch leaves as a hulking Russian banschik beats you with bundles of oak branches, you might question your life choices — which is precisely the point of the […]

The best Russian banyas in London – Review from Culture Whisper

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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 […]