There are hundreds and hundreds of spas in London, and although I enjoy a good pampering session as much as the next man, they are, for the most part, very similar. So I don’t write about them too often, because there isn’t much to say. One notable exception is Banya No. 1, London’s first and only authentic Russian spa. I first went a couple of years ago and came out scrubbed to within an inch of my life and smooth as an otter. Like the rest of their Northern brethren, Russians are big on very hot saunas and very cold plunge pools, but most notably there’s parenie. Parenie is unique: basically, a big burly man beats you with a venik, a fragrant bundle of verdant birch, oak or eucalyptus. It sounds pretty extreme but actually the sensation is a bit like being very heavily rained on. And it smells divine. It’s a great, unusual gift or staycation treat, and I guarantee you won’t have tried anything like it before. (I wrote all about it some detail here!)
Sounds dreamy? It bloody is. And I’ve got a Russian bath experience for two to give away, courtesy of Banya No. 1, worth £150. The prize includes a three-hour session in the banya, plus a rejuvenating venik massage that boosts blood circulation and relieves muscle tension and stress.
To be in with a chance, just enter however you like via Rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
The small print:
- Competition closes on Wednesday 27th September at 11:59pm.
- The winner will be chosen at random and contacted within 24 hours for their address. If unresponsive, a different winner will be chosen.
- The winner will receive two gift vouchers (see here) for a Russian bath experience at Banya No. 1, which must be redeemed within six months.
- The voucher allows three hours’ entry to the spa plus a parenie session for two, which usually lasts around 10 minutes.
- No cash alternative.
- Over 18s only.
- You can add extra treatments to your experience, subject to availability, at additional cost.
- By entering this competition you agree to being added to Banya No. 1’s mailing list, which you can opt out of at any time.
Author: Emily Gibson
Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and
glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in Islington and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.