Tag Archives: Testimonials

The Guardian – London’s first Russian bath house: full steam ahead at Banya No 1

Oak leaves, a steam room, vodka and crayfish.

The assignment was to discover the ultimate truth about hangover cures. Who does one ask about such things? I tried Andrei Fomin. After all, I reasoned, Andrei used to run nightclubs all over London – Propaganda in Wardour Street, that was him – plus he has a lot of witchy knowledge about herbs that his […]

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, […]