Head to a Russian spa with vodka

Indulgent on so many levels.

Where: Banya No 1, 17 Micawber Street N1 7TB

London has Finnish saunas, Moroccan hammams and Turkish steam rooms, so what makes a Russian spa different? The scientific bit is that the temperature is lower than at most saunas, kept to a mild 70 degrees, and as water is splashed against an iron furnace the steam it creates makes your skin sweat out toxins.

The best bit though is that after your treatment you can sit back with a shot or three of Russian vodka and snacks like pelmeni, crayfish and duck confit.

You can also enjoy a spot of "birching". Don't ask...

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