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 place. 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.
The Baths’ real fascination lies in the changes of identity that have ensured their survival, from utilitarian infrastructure to publicly protected monument, and from cistern to cold bath to Roman relic. But 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.
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BradJill Travels | Aug 8, 2018
Not to be confused with the city of Bath and the famous Roman Baths and Museum found there, this is a minor historic attraction known as the Roman Bath on Strand Lane. It is difficult to find and almost impossible to visit, requiring advance appointment for Wednesday afternoon visits from mid April to mid October only. Roman Bath is located on the small Strand Lane, not far from the old Norfolk Hotel. While it was at one time touted as having originated during the Roman period, it is now believed to only be a few centuries old, likely from the Tudor period. As such, it is not really a Roman Bath and should perhaps is called a Roman style bath instead. There is a small National Trust sign marking the location of the Roman Bath but it is easy to miss if you are not paying attention. Considering the limited visitation times and fact that it isn't really from the Roman period, makes it difficult to recommend for most visitors to London. We'd give it a pass and focus your efforts on more interesting attractions in this area of the city.
Florian Forster | May 8, 2018
Part of the Somerset house tour. It's free and probably the only way to see them! They're not that special though and as told in the tour, probably not even Roman!
Stephen Primus | Jan 6, 2018
Great bit of history not accessible because of locked Gates but you can view down towards the stairs
Tarlach O Breathnaigh | Dec 20, 2017
KCL could do a little more with the Baths, I feel. Some, slight refurbishment?
Emily | Feb 25, 2017
This place is appealing. The 3 natural hot springs attraction r amazing. This is a Must visit place. The souvenir store has beautiful products. Staff r very polite n helpful.
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