Last week Black Tomato’s Client Relations Exec, Harry, visited London’s South Kensington Club to sample the chic member’s club’s signature treatment that’s an essential part of our London experience. Read his review below…
“Having spent some time sipping on ice tea in the Jacuzzi, a Russian expert, or banschik’, leads you into the banya (sauna). As you lie down, your banshik sprinkles a few more drops of water onto the hot stones, causing more steam to surround the room.
As the hot air gathers near the ceiling, your banschik manipulates the air around the room with a bunch of birch leaves, to improve the circulation and make the room even hotter. With your face down resting on a towel of ice, the instant harshness of the cold on your forehead is a welcome relief from the heat.
Your banschik then lightly beats you with the hot leaves, rustling them up and down your body, the intense heat is almost too much but actually feels great. This part of the treatment is only about 5 minutes before you are led away from the heat and plunged into an ice bath before relaxing in the cold Jacuzzi. Yet to adjust to the quick change in temperature, your mind and body is taken over by a natural high and as you lie in the water, your banschiks, one holding your head and the other holding your legs, gently sway you from side to side. The feeling is otherworldly and amazing.
You are then cocooned in some towels, so that the heat doesn’t escape your body, and are transported to the Tea Library next door to enjoy some tea and (really delicious) honey as you sink into the bliss of it all. After this experience you literally don’t want to do anything but relax for a long, long time.
Once you’ve recovered from the incredible state of relaxation you’ve been in for the last two hours, the balcony was calling for some sun kissed drinking. On such a perfect day, NOTHING can beat a glass of rose and some hand crafted canapes as you watch the world go by below.”
This sleek and classy members club, that Black Tomato offers a day pass to as part of our London to Scotland experience, is the ideal place to while away the day, relaxing and enjoying this beautiful corner of the capital.