Barking Bathhouse: an experimental pop-up spa for London 2012

Apr 3 2014

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Barking Bathhouse: an experimental pop-up spa for the London 2012 Olympics

Barking Bathhouse is a temporary but entirely eco-friendly spa in London. Designed by Hackney design studio, Something & Son, this pop-up spa opened in time for the Olympics, and will be open until September.

While the treatments on offer may be standard spa fare, with facials, massages and reflexology available, this experimental spa has also added a signature touch. As this is a green spa, home-grown cucumbers hang down from the roof in the relaxation room and bar. They are not solely for decoration, they will also be used in drinks and spa treatments, such as the Bathhouse Express cucumber facial.

This spa is perfect for de-stressing after nervously watching other people doing sports all day (and watching Team GB win medals, obviously!) and if cucumber facials are not your thing, Barking Bathhouse are also offering meditation classes and laughter yoga to help you unwind.

Facilities include a sauna and a cold room complete with a “dry ice chiller”. The spa uses a series of pre-fabricated industrial pods as treatment rooms, which will be disassembled after the games and reused around London – all very green!

The sauna, ice room, treatment room, bar and relaxation room at Barking Bathhouse

If you are not a naturally sporty person, instead of feeling downhearted that Olympic glory is not for you, with a visit to this pop-up spa you can revel in the knowledge that you are helping support a London 2012 project - whilst you are extremely relaxed in a lovely, eco-friendly setting (paying much less than an Olympic ticket!)

Barking Bathhouse is open from 13th July to 7th September. Treatment prices range from £10 for 15-minute treatments to £30 for 60-minute treatments.

For a full list of treatments and events at Barking Bathhouse, visit

To search for a spa in London, have a look at The Good Spa Guide regional spa search.


Student Spy

3rd April 2014

Spy Likes:

Good food; friendly therapists; decent music to listen to during a treatment; therapists who understand that exams make you feel really stressed.

Spy Dislikes:

Robes that are too big for people who are only five foot tall; swimming pools with no room to swim; too much healthy food.

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