Category Archives: Press about us

So hot right now: London’s new sauna obsession

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. […]

Organic spa therapy and ice-cold water dunks: welcome to Banya No.1

Banya No.1 Parenie using leafy and fragrant bundles of birch, oak and eucalyptus twigs

Banya No.1 is a traditional Russian spa club based in central London, offering organic spa treatments, wellness rituals and well-appointed steam and sauna facilities. Our editor, Joy Joses, went along to review, and after three hours of rejuvenating spa therapy and an unusual treatment involving being thrashed with a bouquet of leaves (!), she is […]

I TRIED… BANYA NO. 1 RUSSIAN BATH CLUB & SPA

Russian SPA experience

From chocolate making to Sky Diving, ‘I Tried…‘ has seen me take on various different experiences during 2018 as part of my mission to ‘Say Yes’. This week saw me heading to central London, to try my first ever Russian Spa at Banya No. 1 which ended up being unforgettable for all the right reasons. […]

VISIT LONDON’S FIRST RUSSIAN BATH HOUSE: BANYA No.1

First russian bath house

On our tour through Secret London and discovering new hidden gems we stumbled upon London’s first Russian bathhouse, Banya No.1. Located in North London this bathhouse and spa known only amongst the innovation hunters and the Eastern European clientele is becoming a hot new craze. When we first heard of Banya we instantly wanted to […]

BANYA NO.1 – LONDON’S RUSSIAN SPA

Banya No.1 London

Banya No.1 is a traditional Russian spa, located on Micawber Street, a 5 minute walk from Old Street tube station. RBJ and I were invited by Banya No.1 to enjoy an afternoon at the spa, accompanied by a traditional “parenie” and scrub treatment. Having never been to a banya before, I had no idea what […]