There aren’t many things that you wait 13 years for, but I am prepared to make an exception for then Marshall St baths. Soho’s iconic indoor poool – think Victorian-esque with the odd art deco flourish, was closed back in 1997 and has been mothballed since. It has meant that every time I wanted a sneaky swim in town I have had to go to the Oasis in Covent Garden, which is lovely, but a tad busy.
The great news is that after a £25 million refit it reopens for watery business on July 26th – ten days from today.
As Goggleblog reports http://www.goggleblog.com/news/691/historic-marshall-street-baths-opening-this-summer.html as well as the marble lined pool, it will feature two exercise/dance studios, two fitness suites and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms. Also available will be a range of treatments and therapies. The centre will be run as a public facility by Nuffield Health on behalf of Westminster City Council.
Btw pic 2 is as the pool is now, while pic 5 dates from the mid 90s – blimey it looks grubby