I found this by Googling for a day spa in London and having not tried a Russian one before, and with Banya having good reviews and offering modest charges compared to many hotel spas, I gave it a go and booked for me and a friend. We went on a weekday for a 3-hour session in which we de-toxed in the steam room, took a cold plunge bath and had a combination of honey/coffee body scrubs, mud facials and the traditional Russian Venik - being pummeled with a bound bunch of aromatic, hot leafy twigs and then having buckets of cold water poured over. It sounds like a masochist's delight, but it was highly enjoyable and in winter would be even lovelier to warm up on a cold day. We also had a light lunch in the cafe of simple Russian/Ukranian fare which was incredibly tasty (potatoes with dill, cheese with thyme and garlic bread sticks, followed by tea with gorgeous honey). It hasn't been opened long, so the facilities are as shiny-new as you'd expect and the few staff are very hands-on (pardon the pun).
Any negatives? Not really. It's quite hard to find, being rather further from Angel tube than we suspected, and hanging about between treatments might be less comfortable on a busy day, as there isn't the equivalent of the koi carp lounge at the Sanctuary, for example, to loll about in, and I have a limit to the amount of steaming I can stand in one session, but these are minor and personal quibbles, and I would highly recommend for a healthy, enjoyable and reasonably-priced treat.
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