Cllr Turan and Cllr Bossman-Quarshie at the new spa

Newly refurbished spa opens in historic Ironmonger Row Turkish Baths

Islington residents are being treated to a brand new luxurious and affordable wellness facility in the borough, thanks to the fully refurbished spa at Ironmonger Row Baths.  

The spa, which is situated in the historic building that has housed a public bathhouse since it was built in 1931, includes a range of state-of-the-art treatment facilities including a salt infused steam room, juniper sauna, infrared relaxation benches, and plunge pool, as well as a relaxation room and treatment rooms. 

The refurbishment of the space comes after a fire in 2022, which destroyed the spa area, requiring extensive renovation works. The new spa, which opened on Friday 5 January, is a significant improvement on the facilities that were in place before the fire, including many new and innovative features. 

Cllr Nurullah Turan, Executive Member for Health and Social Care, said: 

‘We are determined to make Islington a more equal borough, where all of our residents can access health, wellbeing and leisure facilities.  

‘The new spa at the iconic Ironmonger Row Baths is a huge addition to Islington, offering a high end spa experience at a more affordable cost, including discounted concessionary rates. 

‘We are working hard to upgrade our leisure facilities across the borough, to help residents stay active and healthy. The fact that the spa sold out in advance of its opening day is testament to the desire for the new spa to open, as well as the affection that local people have for Ironmonger Row Baths.’ 

The extensive facilities at the new spa include: 

  • Five new treatment rooms 
  • Fully equipped thermal spa including Salt sauna, juniper sauna with infrared, infrared relaxation benches, steam room, salt infused steam room, ice room, cold plunge pool 
  • Feature showers including cold bucket shower 
  • Traditional Turkish hot rooms 
  • Hammam treatment benches 
  • Dry relaxation space with loungers 
  • Showers and changing spaces, including vanity area with hair dryers and straighteners 

Notes to editors

To book your space at the spa, go to the Better website: Ironmonger Row Baths | Old Street Gym, Swimming Pool & Spa | Better

A short walk from Old Street and Barbican Stations, Ironmonger Row Baths is also home to a recently restored gym, a 30m swimming pool and 15m teaching pool, as well as studios for cardio and functional training sessions. 

The Spa Experience is open Monday 12pm – 8pm, Tuesday 10am – 8pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-9pm, and weekends 9am – 5pm.  

Contact information

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