Turkish Baths > Turkish Toilets

My life has just been ever so exciting lately that I have managed to drop the blogging ball entirely. Shame, shame. You will be happy to know that I am back and better than ever starting TODAY! While I have oodles of fun posts in the works and so much to blog about (life since finance has just been getting better and better), I just wanted to deliver a little golden blog nugget on this rainy, dreary London Monday morning.

I had the most relaxing and glorious days yesterday. Life has been pretty exciting and fast-paced over the past couple of weeks and it doesn’t look like it will let up anytime soon… maybe late 2015? (probably not). When I realized (literally last minute) that my better half would be off in the land of cheese and wine for the weekend, I decided (upon recommendation of my new supervisor) to take a spa day.

Whenever anyone says Turkish baths, my mind automatically goes to both Turkish toilets (which are the cause of my serious fear of public toilets cause you really never know what you are going to get… especially in Europe or anywhere outside of America #firstworldproblems – God bless you, Kohler, Wisconsin – providing the civilized world with porcelain thrones for 1873). So I pushed all of these lovely images out of my mind and booked the thermal spa experience at Ironmonger Row Baths.

So I called up one of my London besties and suggested we have a spa afternoon. You may remember this from my list of staycation plans… the staycation that never happened (ugh, whatevs). For £25 we had unlimited access to various aromatherapy steam rooms, several saunas, hammam dry heat rooms, ice crystals, plunge pool, monsoon shower and relaxation room with tea, infused waters, fruit and super comfy lounge chairs.

Picture from Groupon.co.uk

Picture from Groupon.co.uk

It was divine. After a couple of busy weeks and lots going on for each of us, it was nice to have a relaxing catch-up in stress-free environment. We spent a couple of hours going from the eucalyptus steam room to the vitality sauna to the icy plunge pool to the hammam to the orange/lemon steam room (with many a trip to the ice crystal fountain in between) to the relaxation room where we both ended up dozing off under big fluffy robes to the low whispers and calming spa sounds.

FYI – bring appropriate swimwear… some weekdays are exclusively for all women or all men depending on the day but the weekends are mixed. SpaLondon provide robes, towels and slippers to be worn in the spa.

After our relaxing spa afternoon, we headed back to my friend’s gorgeous new flat near Old Street station, where she has not one but TWO rooftop terraces. We enjoyed the sunset, had a cup of tea (oh the Brits) and discussed travel plans for the coming months. A perfect end to a quiet weekend in London!

One response to “Turkish Baths > Turkish Toilets

  1. Love a good spa day… I have been to the Spa London at Bethnal Green quite a few times and I think it is essentially the same – a bargain really!


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