City of London, London
8 Bishopsgate Churchyard, Liverpool Street, London EC2M 3TJ
- Liverpool Street Station (0.1 km)
- Moorgate Station (0.5 km)
- Liverpool Street Station (0.1 km)
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020 7920 9207
17 reviews of The Bathhouse in English
Awesome decor inside, in the style of a Turkish bathhouse, and definitely one of the most unique and quirky places to go in the City! Once you're past the unassuming entrance to the cavernous basement downstairs, every wall and pillar is covered in Turkish bathhouse design, with some odd pieces such as a statue of Jesus on the bar counter.
Bathhouse is a restuarant as well as a bar; we were there for an office Christmas party, so we took over the bar area and had a buffet of Christmas turkey and stuffing and potatoes. The food was distinctly average, but the bar service was quick (well, there was only 40 of us anyways). The DJ we had though, was just aweful... playing tunes that were hard to dance to!
In any case, I came away from the Bathhouse with some good memories... and definitely will be back again, although probably only for a drink (a bit pricey - Asahi on tap: £4).
Reviewed by The London Insider
love, love, love.
I had heard of this place as apparently they had a burlesque night in here which had a great atmosphere - not sure if it's a regular thing though. Jenn is right, on the street level there is a tiny coffee shop for takeaway orders, by night it becomes the cloakroom for the subterranean bar and restaurant.
Matthew's review tipped me - It's perfect for a date or cozy dinner, as you go down one flight of stairs, you enter the small bar area to the left and the long restaurant to the right. The walls are completely tiled and there are quirky glass etchings of skeletons ( sort of like medical journals) on the walls. Everywhere there are vintage pieces of furniture and curios. Especially liked the white ice buckets shaped like a clawfoot bath - super cute!
We say for a bottle of red and although the place was virtually empty at 5.30pm on a Friday night, but it soon filled up.
Service was great and a slick maitre'd seemed to be very efficiently seating guests.
I reeeeeally want to come back to try the restaurant - all candles and vaulted tiled ceilings and flowers on the table, it's very intimate and different.
Stranded near to Liverpool Street Station with a couple of hours to kill, Qype iPhone application came to the rescue and I searched the nearest 5 star place for a cocktail.
The Bathhouse it was; and what a place! Even when you approach the building it strikes you that there's something a little bit different and special about this place.
We were there at a rather odd time of the evening and they were apparently setting up for a private event, but everything about this place excited me.
It's a little odd sitting in what you know to have previously been an underground bath. Raise your eyes to the ceiling and breathe-in deeply the aroma of its history; I'm not trying to be pretentious in my description here, it really does smell of an old bath house! You can smell that mixture of towels, bathing, sweat, and salt. Sorry, I know that sounds hideous, but in reality it's utterly charming and lovely, and not off-putting in the slightest.
The interior is pure luxury. It manages to be on that fine line between plush / swanky, and vintage and charming.
I am very fussy about the Bloody Mary. The number of times I have had to return a drink because they couldn't even bother to put a stick of celery in, let alone get the proportions right. What kind of Bloody Mary has no celery! I digress - The Bathhouse made me one of the best Bloody Maries I've ever had, period.
I know that one visit may not be enough to convince someone that a place is worth a 5 star review, but I believe you can tell a lot from the quality of a single drink, and on this basis alone I am confident in saying they take their drinks very seriously. There's clearly an ethic of excellent quality about this place. I will be coming back.
Visit - you are in for a treat.
Fascinating decor and friendly service. The food was very reasonable in terms of quality if a little high in price.
I had a grilled bream with garnish which was £19 which is about the most I have ever paid for this. Nicely cooked though. In addition, you are expected to pay for vegetables separately, which I always find quite irritating.
Having said that the total bill (with a discount card) was very reasonable.
The coffee is superb.
I would definitely come back and would recommend.
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Originally built in 1894 as a Turkish bathhouse in the Victorian ages, The Bathhouse got a new lease of life in June 2009 when it reopened bar cum club cum restaurant.
Located close to Liverpool Street Station, The Bathhouse is a tiny little building sitting in a courtyard bordered by tall office buildings. The façade of the building is very much a change of scenery from the neighbours and merely hints at the interior lurking underground while a café and al fresco dining is available outside.
Past the entrance is a circular staircase heading downstairs. The history of the place is still on display with the tiles but the new owners have added generous lashings of decadent garnishing with heavy wallpaper, deep velvet drapes and gilded candelabras dotting the scene. The atmosphere was all quite intimate with the majority of the light coming from big table candles.
Serving organic local food, The Bathhouse does a fairly good job at delivering quality dishes with more emphasis on pleasuring tongue than the eyes. While the food lacks the flair and elegance of Michelin-hunting-restaurants, it makes up for it with its ample charm and unique atmosphere, from the décor to the occasional burlesque shows or the slightly odd carnival-like music (obviously hand picked by the manager and he was humming it while zooming around the room).
Best bit: the atmosphere, it felt like a really romantic dinner and we spent a good couple hours just chatting away while sipping on the cocktails.
Worst bit: realising that to get proper steak, one needs to go to a proper steakhouse. In the past I would have been happy with the steak here, but after Hawksmoor the goalposts have moved so much that regular restaurants don’t cut it anymore for steak.
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Came here with the intention of enjoying one of Ciro’s pizzas and was rather surprised to discover that it is no more. In fact we considered leaving after we had been shown to our table (still in a blur of confusion at finding the whole place changed beyond recognition).
Glad we stayed in the end though. There were a couple of pizzas on the menu and as that was what we were in the mood for, that’s what we went for and despite my usual favourite choices not being available, I found their goats cheese pizza to be excellent. I think the place is a bit more suited for a date though, than grabbing some food with a mate….too many candles!
I might come back and I might like it a bit more when I know what is waiting for me at the bottom of the spiral stairs. It certainly looks a lot nicer and less tacky than Pizza Pomodoro.
A cosy little cafe right next to Liverpool Street Station but hidden away from all the commotion. Great place for a good cup of coffee and for a breather, but there are only 2 little tables inside - you might have to drink your coffee standing if you visit The Bathhouse during lunchtime. They also have a daily soup and a range of sandwiches.
Had coffee there today with a friend. I asked shyly whether they do a Flat White and yay, they do, because they are Aussies!!!!
Really, really good coffee. Although the cafe room is tiny, there is seating outside (okay, not that great when it is cold and drizzly but oh, imagine what it would be like in the summer, sitting in the court yard next to the onion dome building).
Love it! Will be back to check out their food in the downstairs restaurant. Great staff.
Before anyone asks, yes this is the same premises that used to be the Ciro's pizzeria.
This is a great, unusual location for a cafe/bar/club, and is slightly off the road, so not that easy to come across. I went to Caligula, a club night here and loved the beautiful interior and the atmosphere. There was entertainment during the nght in the form of carnival-style dancers, who joined the dancefloor in their huge feathery costumes!
My only very slight problem was the size- as is fairly clear from the picture, the bathouse is quite small. It goes underground, opening up into a smallish bar and a larger area where the djs play. This room is long and thin, with the dj booth in the middle, and gets very busy! Once you're in this is fine, but it does mean the queue can be slow when it gets to the 'one out one in' stage. If you're prepared to wait outside for a bit, then it's definitely worth checking out, even for the unusual location itself!
What a stunning place! The marble and gilt interior of the former baths makes for a fantastic cocktail bar. I’m sure it’s great any time, but late on a Sunday night when the truly decadent come out to play, they host the Boom Boom Club cabaret, putting the house grand pianos (one is purely decorative) and the golden birdcage dj booth to good use.
In a Cinderella moment, I left before the stroke of midnight (damn you day job!), and it was only just starting to warm up. Definitely worth the monday morning hangover.
Amazing building in the middle of the city - this is an old turkish bathhouse complete with an onion dome which serves incredible antipodean coffee - made with love from one of the staff I recognise from Flat White. Apparently plans are to extend to a restaurant and bar soon but for the moment the cafe alone is worth the visit.
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