Porchester Baths & Spa, Bayswater November 15, 2015 16:11

Today, we headed out for a few hours to talk business and Spring Summer 2016. Our 'office' for the day was the beautiful art deco Porchester Bathhouse in Bayswater.  We immersed ourselves, quite literally, in the the pre war period that we love the most to swim a few lengths and talk shop. 

Built in 1929, swimming pool and spa is a pretty special place.  Forget your big name, five star retreats as this is a council run alternative; concessions for Senior Citizens, discounts for Westminster residents, and affordable prices (non members can enjoy a swim for six quid, or a day at the Spa for just £28.00). 

We loved it. 

Top treats: 

  • Time to switch off: Lane swimming is an option, but so is bobbing about in a wave machine / float / gadget free pool under natural sunlight, thanks to a glass roof. 
  • The small things: The staff are really lovely and friendly. Lockers require just 20 pence and the hairdryers are supplied in front of large mirrors, free of charge. Perfect!
  • Classic Design: The period features are absolutely beautiful. Neat rows of small seats, positioned as a little gallery above the main swimming pool; polished wooden paneling on the walls; original signs referring to 'wash houses', cloakrooms and exits. Beautiful, simple and calming. 

Don't go expecting the Ritz. But do go if you fancy a swim, sauna or mooch somewhere a little bit different that allows you to disconnect from the real world for a while.