Nestled away between modern office buildings and St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate’s churchyard is this unusual building. Originally a Victorian Turkish bath house, it was built in 1895 and was as ornate inside as it is outside. Bathers could come and pay to use the hot rooms, the marble vapour bath, the shampooing rooms and a choice of showers.
Thankfully it survived The Blitz but over the years the popularity of bath houses faded and it eventually closed in 1954. The building was converted for use as a restaurant in the 1970s but it is currently empty.
You can read more about this unique building and its history by visiting www.victorianturkishbath.org.
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