Hg2 : The Hedonist

The Porchester Spa

A magnificent Edwardian Turkish baths, built in 1929, with lots of Art Deco features (green and white tiles, porthole windows, soaring ceilings), that, as well as a huge pool, has excellent spa facilities – an ice-cold plunge pool, two Russian steam rooms, three Turkish hot rooms and a Finnish sauna cabin. Excellent treatments include Shmeisse massages and Moroccan scrubs, and because it’s run by Westminster City Council, prices are very reasonable. But perhaps the real draw is the bohemian (if naked) West London crowd that sit around playing chess, backgammon or cards (NB: nudity is not an insistence – quaint gingham wraps are provided). It’s a democratic, community spa that runs as it always would, before the likes of Chiva-Som came along. However, for that, some do complain that it’s dirty, so bring flipflops and leave the OCD behind.

Address
Queensway,
Queensway,
W2 %HS
Telephone
+44 20 7792 3980
Website
gll.org
Opening Times
daily, 10am-10pm (women only: Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sun till 4pm; men only: Mon/Weds/Sat; couples
Price
What3Words
mixed.awards.dining
Explore this venue in our app

Sign up for our newsletter

We'd love to keep you up-to-date with what's really going on around the world, from the hottest new restaurants and mind-blowingly beautiful hotels, to thumping underground clubs and world-class art galleries. Sign up to learn more - we promise you it'll be worth it...

X

Follow Us