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3.9

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The Porchester Spa
The Porchester Spa
Queensway,
London, W2 5HS
United Kingdom

Day Spa

The Porchester Spa
Queensway,
London, W2 5HS
United Kingdom

Opening hours

Mon - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Online scheduling not available

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  • eVouchers not accepted

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Venue type: Day Spa in Queensway
Tagged as: Day Spa

The Porchester Spa

The Porchester Spa is the oldest Turkish Bath House in London and acts as a chance for you to get away from the stress of life and simply relax, enjoy and unwind.

The Porchester Spa welcomes over 26,000 visitors each year. It offers a unique ambiance for an individual to relax, unwind and recharge or for a group of friends to meet and enjoy the atmosphere.

Its central London location means that people are given an affordable and convenient haven of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of city streets.

Stepping inside the spa, visitors will experience an oasis of calm, with its traditional décor of green and white tiles, high ceilings and all the original features in tact. This facility offers the chance to naturally heal and rebalance through the many therapeutic and revitalizing treatments for both men and women.

Spa opening times.

Daily: 10.00 – 22.00

Ladies: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10.00 - 14.00

Men: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Mixed: Sunday 16.00 - 22.00:

Last entrance 8.00pm. (Swimsuits must be worn on mixed day)

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3.9

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  • Ambience
  • Cleanliness
  • Spa Facilities
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  • Value
  • Body
  • Body Exfoliation Treatments (5)
  • Steam and Sauna Therapy (3)
  • Counselling & Holistic
  • Aromatherapy (1)
  • Face
  • Facials (1)
  • Men's Facial (1)
  • Hair removal
  • Hollywood Waxing (2)
  • Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage (5)
  • Stone Massage Therapy (1)
  • Therapeutic Massage (4)
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Verified review Visited October 2014
Posted 1 month ago
It is a hidden gem!! I love the ambience there, art deco, 1920, it's so beautiful!
It is a perfect place to forget about your daily stress and time travel to the extraordinary..

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Verified review Visited January 2015
Posted 2 months ago
I´ve had Hollywood waxing here a few times now, the therapist puts too much oil to protect the skin, so there are always some little hairs that I need to "tidy up" myself later on. But the overall experience is ok if you´re not a perfectionist. The best thing for me is that the place is kept clean.

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Verified review Visited January 2015
Posted 2 months ago
Overall a nice experience, though the place is very outdated and shabby so there is no nice atmosphere to me. Its a shame as the place used to be beautiful, but now is weary and looks a bit dirty.
The scrub and massage was food

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Verified review Visited January 2015
Posted 3 months ago
I had a Traditional Massage and have awarded it 3 stars.

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Verified review Visited December 2014
Posted 3 months ago
I had a English Rose Salt Scrub and have awarded it 5 stars.

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Verified review Visited November 2014
Posted 3 months ago
I think it is a great venue that needs more TLC, which has nothing to do with the staff.

The day was relaxing for me however renovation is needed!!

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Posted 4 months ago
I came to the Porchester Spa having been given a gift and had the Express Refresh Package - the moroccan body scrub I had was amazing, leaving my skin super smooth after having been lathered with black olive soap and scrubbed with a traditional mitt to exfoliate, as well as a fabulous half hour massage by a great therapist. I loved the ambiance of the Porchester - it's authentic and has a great deal of charm.

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Verified review Visited August 2014
Posted 7 months ago
It's a bit expensive as they did not offer the spa facilities as part of the package but the massage was great and the atmosphere of the Porchester spa is very special.

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Verified review Visited August 2014
Posted 7 months ago
The venue is very clean and the atmosphere is relaxing. The therapist is really professional, almost didn't feel any pain, also she doesn't reuse wax (important). The only con: a few little hairs were left behind, the result wasn't too perfect. But the overall experience was positive!

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Posted 8 months ago
I booked in advance a Spa Session, which included use of the facilities and a 20 minute body salt scrub for £35. Firstly, this venue is in need of a refurbishment. Its falling apart everywhere you look, from the changing rooms to the steam rooms! The hot rooms were out of use. I wouldn't have been able to stay long anyway as they smelt absolutely disgusting, were moldy and dank. The 'relaxation area' was cold!! The steam rooms and shower area were much like going into a butchers fridge, with plastic sheets as doors and terrible strip lighting. The staff were useless and grumpy. The salt scrub itself was laughable. A women who didn't even look me in the eye asked me to lay on a cold slab and put my head a pillow that was stained yellow...from god knows what, it clearly had never been cleaned, the 'treatment room' was genuinely terrifying! Like something out of Saw! She then she carelessly rubbed some soap that smelt like disinfectant on me, before hosing me down, then 'scrubbing' me with an exfoliation glove for 10 minutes. Not quite the 20 minute body salt scrub I had hoped for.
Its cheap for a reason. I would avoid.

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4 months ago
I completely agree with your review and description of the venue - it is quite disgusting and badly in need of refurbishment. I used to go there all the time but it is disgusting. Also ladies are told not to wax & exfoliate in the steam room, yet they do, no one polices it, and it is revolting. Who wants to sit in someone's dead skin cells?

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Verified review Visited May 2014
Posted 9 months ago
I had a Moroccan Facial For Men and have awarded it 4 stars.

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Verified review Visited March 2014
Posted 1 year ago
I had a Traditional Massage and have awarded it 5 stars.

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Posted 1 year ago
I had no idea that this place existed, it really is one of London's best kept secrets. I was able to book a Time Out package on the day, really good value and I not only got one of the famous Porchester's body scrub's which was done with a really rough mitt from Morrocco and black olive soap. Then I had a 45 min massage which the Therapist worked with just the right pressure and when she finished I drifted off and of course it all went too fast! Would really recommend this.

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Posted 2 years ago
Porchester Spa is an amazing building but so let down by the it's 'furniture' and whole ambiance. I wish more was done for this facility!!!!!

I had a massage done on what was like a lower lower ground room with everything looking so gothic and a bit scary in the little light I was surrounded by. Plus the massage therapist smelled of garlic, I was praying she would stop breathing on me!!!!!!!!!!

Somebody broke some glass/bottle outside the treatment room and coupled with the other things did not paint a great impression on the whole SPA. Needless to say I did not return!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 3 years ago
Porchester Spa is meant to be the oldest Spa Facility in London and is still serving with high capacity with all the amenities built around it to keep fit a big community. We have visited the Baths section specially to try the Turkish Bath experience...

Actually, looking at the architecture, it is clearly an ancient style bath but the same confusion again - it is a Victorian Turkish Bath... With the separate Dry and Wet Hot rooms, low and high steam rooms it has almost all the features of a Roman Bath and its rituals... I am happy as a Turkish person that these add to our reputation but actually they are not our invention at all. Anyway, back to the subject.

From the resting and dressing area as depicted in the images, as if you are getting ready for the lion fight at the Colosseum, you go trough some labyrinth like rooms to find your way downstairs. It works like a time machine trowing you to a beach front. The only think missing is the Sunlight !

The body brush experience is exciting to wait for if you do not know what will come. You see the special wet room (you wish it would be warmer) and you get your first black soap on your body. Zsolt, a Hungarian Therapist is bringing all his effort to make you feel in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Being a pianist himself, he has strong hands and can unlock all knots on your back with swift movements. Compared to magnificent Hungarian Turkish Baths - this place is of course just tiny. But honestly - we all know that black soap is not the Turkish ritual neither - this is purely Moroccan. What comes next it more interesting... He takes his bath brushes and washes you... That is washing and polishing in one go... Very surprised. That i have seen for the first time but not different how it was explained. I just learned a new style... and that is not the only new think you would learn at Porchester. They are also offering a special Shim-see Soap Massage done by a Jewish Therapist, told that this is a Jewish tradition...

So if you go for the results, rest your body and are ok to mix in the crowd, Porchester is a must see one of the last 6 historical Victorian Turkish Baths in the World... For the city-guys, there is a fully equipped gym and a semi-olympic swimming pool as well. Strongly recommended for fit-spa explorers..

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Posted 4 years ago
Porchester spa is housed in a beautiful art deco building. It opened in 1929 and has a very basic, raw, traditional feel. How spas used to be, no posing in fluffy white robes!

My friend Nadine and I went during the evening after work. We were surprised to walk in to find everyone naked. We dived straight into the changing rooms and into our swimming costumes! We felt rather over dressed and although good friends we didn't feel ready to be naked together. We agreed that if we were coming by ourselves and knew no one there we would have perhaps been braver! There was a very relaxed atmosphere and no one seemed to worry about body image which was very refreshing!

You enter via a large relaxation room with low lighting, white pillars and high ceilings. A marble stairway takes you past an ice-cold plunge pool into a basement suite of Russian steam rooms, Turkish hot rooms and a Finnish sauna. You are also able to use the swimming pool which is part of the sports centre adjacent during your visit too. We particularly enjoyed using the steam room and emercing ourselves into the ice cold plunge pool straight afterwards which was very stimulating!

I had the micronized marine algae body wrap which claims to improve circulation and increase metabolism. The wrap involved lying on a warm marble slab where my body was scrubbed. I then moved to another bed where a thick seaweed paste was applied to my body, I was then wrapped in film and foil and left for 30 minutes to relax. The seaweed felt very soothing and warm on my skin, although slightly smelly! I had a lovely feeling of weightlessness as I fell into a state of total relaxation. My treatment ended with a massage of body cream leaving my skin baby soft. And the stresses and strains of the day had totally evaporated.

Overall a very pleasant visit. The lockers, changing rooms and plastic sunbeds in the relaxation room could do with an update. The treatment room could also have done with lower lighting as it was a little bright.

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Posted 6 years ago
Leaving a cold wet London Sunday pavement to enter a huge cavern: like a film set of a warm Venice villa . We are a gaggle of friends meeting up. latter going for a local meal and a glass or two. First off this very friendly lady took us on a tour. Two of us had body scrubs booked and recommended, But I and another friend had heard about this Jewish soapy thing called Shmeisse and wanted to have a go. Turning a corner we were suddenly in another world . This giant of a man sitting behind a middle aged lady with what at first looked like a live strangling , only the look of bliss on the ladies face and her feet in a steaming container. She sighing with pleasure. Made us realize this is what we came for. Lee the shmeise miester has a good line in self deprecating Jewish humor. We had to wait a while but then ladies you have to believe me you are in the hands of a magician. I normally do not gush, but the moment he touches you he finds the tension, whoosh.!!! The steam room is so steamy. The bench is freezing cold but soon that cold is so welcoming because this enormous soft soapy hot brush is on you, its like being licked and fanned by a volcano when its over Lee leads you out, back into the world. Its like an energy rush. To top it he then produces sweet ice cold melon that his next customer and we all enjoy. I am writing this actually in thanks. For something special and so different. Memories apart from the treatments, fabulous atmosphere. Horrible lockers old plastic day beds. Two of the toilets out of use. Place needs sprucing up.

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6 years ago
Sounds like an interesting treatment! What were the rest of the facilities like? Swimming pool etc? Did you have to pre book treatments or can you simply arrange when you get there? Are you limited to a certain time within the Spa?

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6 years ago
the reception was not helpful, trying to get me to have regular massage or a aroma therapy treatment, finally she said “just turn up”. So we just turned up, we asked on Sunday and told to see Lee Direct. Lee said latter that reception were told to give out his number. We had read a big review about Shmeissing banner front page of the Evening Standard huge picture inside the edition..Institutionally dirty maybe that’s the charm. Spa staff very friendly Body scrub efficient and cheap. Great swimming pool.

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