Strand Lane 'Roman' baths
Roman baths in London? The Strand Lane Baths, at 5 Strand Lane, London WC2R 2NA, have been reputed since the 1830s to be a Roman survival. They are in fact the remaining portion of a cistern built in 1612 to feed a fountain in the gardens of the old Somerset House, then a royal palace. Find out more about this London curiosity, owned by the National Trust and administered by Westminster City Council.
After a long period of neglect and decay, following the demolition of the fountain, they were brought back into use in the 1770s as a public cold plunge bath, attached to No 33 Surrey Street.
The idea that they were Roman probably began some fifty years later as an advertising gimmick, and has aroused both enthusiasm and scepticism ever since.
Even if they are not Roman, the fact that so many people have passionately wanted them to be is now as real a part of their history as their actual origins.
Viewing the baths today
The baths are managed for the National Trust by Westminster Council. If you’d like to view the baths today, please make an appointment to view them Westminster Council. Please note, viewings are only available from Monday to Friday, and require at least one weeks advance notice.
Viewing times in the summer are April - September , 12.00 noon -4.00pm, and in the winter are October to March, 12.00 noon to 3.00pm.
To arrange your viewing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Monday to Friday on 0207 641 5264.
Address: 5 Strand Lane, London WC2R 2NA