Ironmonger Row Baths

Health and beauty, Spas Old Street
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At this Grade-II listed 1930s Turkish bath is undoubtedly rough round the edges, but that's part of its charm. Beneath a stunning top-lit ceiling, wooden spectator benches look down on the 30-metre pool and smaller teaching pool. The public laundry has survived, with its traditional ironing presses alongside washing machines and tumble driers. And the Turkish baths are among the few left in the capital: there’s a steam room, three hot rooms, an icy plunge pool, relaxation areas and marble slabs for no-nonsense body scrubs and massages.


Venue name: Ironmonger Row Baths
Address: 1-11 Ironmonger Row
Opening hours: Check website for times. Turkish baths are men only on Tue, Thur, Sat; women only on Wed, Fri, Sun; mixed on Mon.
Transport: Tube: Old St
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Sarah G

Years ago I discovered Ironmonger Row Baths and loved them. They are set out of the way in a leisure centre in some housing between Old Street and Barbican.

They have since been done up and are pretty fancy. There are some traditional Turkish 'tepidariums' which are like dry steam rooms, all made of marble. There are a couple of steam rooms, saunas, plunge pool, ice shower and monsoon shower.

For £25 or less if you are a concession you can rock up here after work with your bikini and really chill out. It is so utterly heavenly in the heart of the city and so affordable.

My only criticisms are the locker space where you dress and undress is very tight & the treatments you can pay for are quite expensive but you don't get to use the spa as part of it. I would happily have paid for a treatment and also used the spa if a better pricing model was used.

But all in all it is a secret treasure that I plan to turn into a habit!

Lucy Loo

This place has just been completely renovated and I am really pleased to have discovered it! It used to be a turkish baths, and the renovation keeps all the original charm. So far I've only been swimming, but the spa sounds great - and it's only £26 to use all the facilities for 3 hours. I'll be back to try them out very soon.

Bonnie W

I recently spent a very relaxing Sunday morning at the Ironmonger Row Baths. The spa was recently renovated and it had a really nice, calm feel to it. I thought the price was reasonable for London standards and it was so good to get away from all of the city buzz for a few hours.

One thing I wish I had known before going was that if you're a member of the Better Leisure Centres, you can get a discount. But you need to book over the phone in order to get the discount. It is well worth booking ahead for the weekends as I saw a couple of people get turned away for not having a booking. 

I had a couple of minor disappointments during my visit. In the descriptions on the website, it says that you will get an orientation of the spa at the beginning, but I wasn't given this. I just had to read the signs and figure it out as I went along. I had the Turkish Bath Experience which said online that it would include a signature tea - in the end, I had to ask for this and all I was given was a cup of the peppermint tea that was available for everyone in the relaxation room. Overall though, these were minor issues and I enjoyed my spa visit.

Staff Writer

Great value thermal spa – three hours of saunas, steam and relaxation rooms for £25. Book a morning session when it tends to be quieter. 

andra m

I am a member of Spa London and I am profoundly disappointed of the Ironmonger row spa.
Firstly and most importantly, the spa is a threat to your health as the room with mint steam has a good deal of damp on the ceiling. Even if inhaling damp and having damp in wet warm areas is extremely harmful for one's health, the administration still keeps the room open to clients.
In the evenings there is little to no aromatherapy oils (or at least smell) in the steam rooms. Tea, apples and shower gel are almost never available in the evening. Whenever I called to book, the phone was rarely answered. Left voice mails and on one occasion I wasn't able to use the spa as no one had recorded my booking left on the answering machine. 

On top of that, when I signed up I was told that I can use the membership in other Spa's but found out that I can't.

Would advise other users to look for other places.

Yvonne Heaps

Have used these baths for years, before and after refurbishment. Each part has its own charm. The Turkish baths are amazing, the laundry is the best and the swimming pool takes some beating.

Ashley morton

Excellent, affordable and beautifull. Perfect for a post weekend detox. Or just a very nice place to swim.