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Gay saunas in London

Our guide to London’s best gay and lesbian saunas, jacuzzis and spa treatments

By Hayley Joyes
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From Soho to Shoreditch and down to the fleshpots of Vauxhall, London’s gay scene offers plenty of opportunities to sweat. And why not stay for some extra pampering in the form of a hot stone massage?

Gay saunas in London

Chariots Vauxhall

Nightlife Nightlife venues Vauxhall

No expense has been spared creating a sauna for the Vauxhall village. With two steam rooms, two saunas, a dark room, two video rooms, a huge cafe/internet lounge and more private rooms than could surely ever be filled, there is almost too much space. At quiet times the atmosphere can be sterile. Go late on the weekend as the clubs spill out to make the most of the pumped-up muscle crowd, who find their way from nearby Fire and beyond.

Locker Room Sauna

Things to do Kennington

Locker Room is a small, friendly neighbourhood sauna not too far from Vauxhall. There are dark rooms, shower stalls, steam rooms, sunbeds and a sauna.

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Pleasuredrome Sauna

LGBTQ+ Waterloo

Following the closure of Chariots, this is now Waterloo's only gay sauna. Decorated in an industrial style and recently renovated, the venue is spread over two floors and features two steam rooms, a sauna, a slick maze, private rooms, spa pool, sunbeds and a cafe. Very busy at the weekends, it also picks up considerable trade during the week, largely due to the all-night opening hours and close proximity to Waterloo station.

Sailors Sauna

Nightlife Nightlife venues Limehouse

Formerly part of the Chariots gay sauna chain, this venue is conveniently located next to BJ’s White Swan – so if you don’t pull at the pub, you could always try your luck here. In addition to the sauna, there’s a large steam room, a cinema room and video cabins, plus a ‘huge fun shower’. Start lathering!

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The Stable

Health and beauty Spas Covent Garden

A bar, steam room, splash pool, showers and private rooms have all been crammed into this small sauna. There’s also a 35-man jacuzzi – the largest in the UK.

Sweatbox Soho

Health and beauty Saunas and baths Marylebone

With its striking black and red design and sleek fittings, this state-of-the-art gay gym and sauna looks more like a club than a traditional fitness centre. The sauna occupies the lower two floors and features two giant steam rooms, two Turkish hot rooms, a 14-man jacuzzi, large stylish chill-out room with TV and wi-fi, two video lounges and a maze of innovative and striking cabins, some with two-way mirrors for the exhibitionists among you. Spa treatments include hot stone massage and spray tanning. Every Wednesday and Saturday the venue hosts a foam party, complete with DJs.

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Saunabar Portsea

Things to do Edgware Road

In addition to a sauna, there’s a steam room, bar, video room and private rooms - all a stone's throw from Marble Arch tube.

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