Unearthing the Hidden Gem: Victorian Bath House’s Captivating History

The Victorian Bath House is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of London’s bustling City. Its majestic architecture has stood the test of time, as it has undergone numerous transformations over the centuries. From its humble beginnings as Turkish Baths to a period as a pizzeria, bar, and nightclub, this Grade II listed wonder boasts a captivating history as diverse as the city it calls home.

During the late 1800s, London experienced rapid population growth, creating a demand for more significant hygiene facilities. To address this need, the Baths and Washhouses Act of 1846 encouraged the construction of public baths and washhouses. However, the city’s elite demanded more upscale options, leading to the rise of Turkish bathhouses. By the time the Victorian Bath House opened in 1895, over 100 such establishments were thriving in the city.

The Victorian Bath House was initially designed as an opulent underground haven for relaxation and cleanliness, catering to the city’s wealthy and elite. Its striking design was the brainchild of Architect G. Harold Elphick and financed by Victorian entrepreneur James Forde Neville and his brother Henry. Positioned adjacent to Liverpool Street Station, the Stock Exchange, and Lloyds, the establishment impressed both contemporary journals and guests who praised its remarkable décor and efficient use of space.

Despite its lengthy and storied history, the Victorian Bath House has emerged from various trials and tribulations as a resilient and iconic structure. It endured two World Wars, IRA attacks, and redevelopment projects, solidifying its place in the city’s collective memory.

In 2015, Camm and Hooper undertook an ambitious restoration and refurbishment of the Victorian Bath House in collaboration with the renowned designer Russell Sage. This mission aimed to breathe new life into the historic site while maintaining its original allure. The designers’ meticulous restorative journey saw them use authentic materials, including Dunhill Tiles, to rejuvenate the venue’s opulent ambiance. They also incorporated contemporary touches such as Champagne bells, a Decanter wall, and a Champagne bath, lending modern flair to this sophisticated venue.

Today, the Victorian Bath House comprises the Lounge, the Snug & bar, and the courtyard, boasting flexibility that permits it to host a vast range of events. Built to accommodate up to 150 standing guests or 90 seated, this venue is an elegant choice for intimate parties, intimate drinks receptions, and bespoke banquets. With an opulent Victorian aesthetic, this unique space oozes personality, and is an exceptional choice for hosting wedding feasts, Christmas parties, summer parties and executive meetings.

The Victorian Bath House’s rich history sets it apart as a unique and alluring event space. It transcends its former guise as a Turkish Bath, now offering an exclusive venue for guests seeking to savour its rich and storied history. Located in proximity to Liverpool Street Station, this historic masterpiece is an exclusive even space. Camm and Hooper’s dedication to preserving history while incorporating a contemporary touch has breathed new life into the Victorian Bath House, firmly establishing it as an essential destination in the City of London. Its journey from a historical Turkish Bath to a thriving modern event space is a testament to its remarkable adaptability, mirroring the dynamic spirit of the city itself.  The Victorian Bath House now stands as a must-see destination and an exceptional example of London’s rich heritage, poised to capture the imagination of all who discover it.

Get in touch with our events team today to explore hosting your next event in this iconic and unique venue.