Bishopsgate

The Victorian Bath House

Steeped in history.

Turkish baths have sat in Bishopgate’s Churchyard for two centuries. The new Bath House first saw light of day in 1895. Designed by G Harold Elphick, the bathhouse used tessellating Arabic motifs in classic colours. Crafted to appeal to the gentrified city folk, the venue was an instant hit in the daily broadsheets. Marble-floored hot rooms, mosaics and even gilt-edged décor set the bath-house interior apart, with stained glass and rich oriental rugs finishing the picture. With a number of various utility rooms offering shampooing and steaming, any patron would emerge from its confines groomed to perfection.

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