In 1895, architect G Harold Elphick designed an opulent bath house in Bishopsgates and housed a Turkish bath, for the discerning gentleman about town. After it closed in 1954 it went on to be a Turkish restaurant, pizzeria, bar and even a night club. Having survived the trials and tribulations of the last 121 years, the now Grade II listed building, stands proudly as a gem of Middle Eastern design amongst the modern, towering glass blocks.
It now belongs to the event connoisseurs, Camm & Hooper and they’ve joined forces with Russell Sage Studios to refurbish and reopen the Victorian Bath House to offer London a unique, decadent events space for up to 150 guests. Ensuring that the original features have been preserved, they’ve stripped back paper to reveal the bright tiles beneath, restored patterns and reimagined anything which couldn’t be saved. So the 1895 ornate mosaics and crimson pillars are joined by modern details such as fret-cut wallpaper making the whole look bright, rich and intricate.
Having been created by gastronomic artists, Alan Lucas and Caroline Gardiner, the menu gives a nod to the spirit of Victoriana. Whether you’re looking to host a birthday party, corporate event or even wedding, they can serve up exquisite, elegant canapes such as cauliflower eclairs and fig scones, through to splendid three course meals with dishes including slow roast pork belly. You can also opt for pop-up stations such as The Great Victorian Epicurean Feast Stall and The Great Victorian Yorkshire Pudding stall. By infusing Kilner jars with all their ingredients before your soiree, mixologists can ensure you’re thirst is quenched quickly – because no one wants to be queuing for a drink when you could be dancing/flirting/eating, do they?
There may be no bathing any more, but it looks like there is life in the bath house yet.
The Victorian Bath House: Now Open, 7-8 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TJ, www.victorianbathhouse.co.uk