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 signature parenie treatment at Banya No.1 in London.
Fortunately, your head is protected from the extreme heat by a monogrammed felt hat (i.e., if you can’t see it, then maybe it’s not happening), thereby enabling you the clarity to consider that this traditional Russian detoxifying treatment at Banya No. 1 (https://gobanya.co.uk) is a favorite of celebrities such as Kate Moss and Justin Bieber as is the honey-and-coffee scrub and the Siberian body wash.
Rejuvenation is all but guaranteed after the three-hour treatment package, which includes access to the steam sauna, plunge pool and massage room . Apart from the sense of exhilaration that follows, what might be most remarkable about this authentic Russian spa is its location in London.