The Bathhouse, 7/8 Bishopsgate Churchyard, The City, EC2
Like a Trojan horse in amongst the steel and glass City powerhouses is a tiny, rather random Victorian kiosk modelled on Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre (think onion dome, turquoise tiles, decorative columns). It’s underground in more ways than one: the kiosk is simply a tardis-like entrance, built in 1895 to conceal a subterranean Turkish bathhouse rumoured to be quite naughty (gay). Nowadays, the interior resembles a Victorian opium den – a sumptuous marble, gilt and red velvet affair echoing former gothic glories with erotica and skeleton portraits, a giant birdcage for a DJ booth, and candles, fruits and flowers. Its club nights are equally un-City-ish, thrown by the resolutely Hoxton ex-333 manager, Tava O’Halloran: tonight is Love to Love, hosted by Don’t Run with Scissors and Easy Lover. With the dance floor usually filled with edgy celebs, party-goers can expect a stoming safari through 80s, 90s and noughties classics. Be there or be eternally square.
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