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Finnish Rooftop Sauna comes to Southbank London

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

The Southbank Centre brings the benefits of the sauna to the Southbank with its Finnish Rooftop Sauna. Promising guests they will get hot, hot, hot, there will be great views of the River Thames and you can cool off win the open air or with cold water buckets.

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

Southbank Centre’s Finnish Rooftop Sauna on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof garden

The specially designed Finnish Rooftop Sauna will sit on Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, and there will be a sauna expert to demonstrate steaming stones and introduce you to the authentic sauna experience. Reaching 90 degrees celsius inside, you can then cool down outside (and in London that won’t be a problem, but for the hearty amongst you you can go full Finn and douse yourself with cold water.

The benefits of the sauna are well researched (read more HERE) and even the Daily Mail has reported on the striking health benefits (so it must be true). There are some science-backed benefits to saunas, which range from increased circulation (as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels that accompany exposure to intense heat) to reduced muscle soreness and reduced joint pain.

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

The structure will combined cutting edge Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission. The Finnish Rooftop Sauna is a collaboration with Aalto University (Helsinki) MA students: Pedro Pablo Garcia Alcazar, Markus Holste, Monica Romagnoli and Miki Sordi, and Finnish sculpture Jaakko Pernu.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden Bar is also open to serve you Prosecco, warming winter drinks and snacks. Visit this oasis in central London as Southbank Centre goes Nordic. There’s a cool ABBA exhibition on as well should you be interested.

The whole Nordic experience includes the option to pre-order Nordic canapes to enjoy at the Rooftop Bar, including:

– House cured salmon, dark rye, pickled cucumber
– Venison carpaccio, lingonberry compote, toasted hazelnuts
– Baked golden beetroot, goats curd, pine nuts (v)

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

Things you need to know about the Finnish Rooftop Sauna at Southbank:

From 11th November to 30th December

Price: £15 – £25

A sauna session last 70 minutes. This includes your time to change within the space.

Event information
The sauna is made up of mixed-gender sessions and swimming costumes must be worn at all times.

There are separate male and female shower and changing facilities within the sauna. The sauna is fully accessible.

Towels and secure lockers are provided as part of the ticket price. Secure lockers are able to accommodate small bags only. Please avoid bringing any larger items as these cannot be secured.

Please drink plenty of water during your visit. Southbank Centre cannot take responsibility for any adverse affects the sauna may have.

Eating food and drink is not recommended before the sauna experience. The Rooftop Bar is open and you can preorder canapes when booking your sauna session to enjoy after your sauna session.

Rooftop Finnish Sauna Southbank London

Women-only sauna sessions
Every Monday & Tuesday: 2.30pm – 3.40pm
Every Wednesday: 5.30pm – 6.40pm

Book your session at the Finnish Rooftop Sauna HERE

Southbank Centre’s Finnish Rooftop Sauna on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof garden (10 Nov – 30 Dec 2017) designed by MA students from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, with artwork by Jaakko Pernu, part of Nordic Matters and Wintertime. Picture credit David Levene.