Arch 124, Cornwall Rd (corner of Alaska St), London, United Kingdom, SE1 8XE | map | get directions |

audience rating: Pleasuredrome, 3.5 out of 5 based on 143 ratings click to vote:
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Internationally renowned, gay-owned Pleasuredrome has been in business for more than 15 years, attracting 15,000+ guys every month of all types and ages, from London and across the world.

Behind its tiny entrance, you’ll find modern facilities including a 300-locker changing room, London’s largest gay spa pool (accommodating up to 20 guys), two steam rooms, two saunas, encounter areas, open showers, private cabins. (£3 for 3 hours).

Deluxe private room are available for hire for 3-hour periods. There’s free WiFi; massage service by qualified male masseur in a private suite; a café bar serving alcoholic drink and snacks. Open (and licensed to serve alcohol) 24 hours, 7 days a week.

From Waterloo, walk down either Alaska Street or Sandell Street. Find the arch that connects these two streets at the end. The entrance is in the arch.

weekday: 24 hours

weekend: 24 hours

venue: sauna | features: cafe, steam room, massage, sauna, maze, jacuzzi / hot pool, relaxing cabins, dark room, free wi-fi | customers: gay

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last updated: 29-05-2018



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based on 21 reviews
  1. Time to relax and enjoy

    “I have been frequenting the Pleasuredrome for more than 10 years on a regular basis as I worked in London and travelled home from Waterloo. Now I am retired I visit the sauna at least a couple time each month either on a Friday or Monday from midday to around 8pm. As I am very rarely there on a weekend I don’t encounter any security problems. You can have the occasional off day, but over the years I can say that I have had a great time. Ok, there are the guys with torches, but they do keep the place clear of "litter". There is always a varied clientele between the ages of 18 and 80 and we all seem to get on well together. Basically most of us treat one another with respect. The facilities are more than adequate and yes there is a water fountain by the bar. The private rooms are intimate which is what they should be and what you want when you have another guy with you. Looking forward to my next visit on Friday“

     on 02-05-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. Great place; great action

    “I must admit I was hesitant to give this place a try, considering the negative reviews.

    But... I was pleasantly surprised (on a sunday evening 6 -8 pm). The security guard was friendly and correct. The place was very clean.

    There was a good mix of people, all shapes, ages and colors. Everybody seemed to be eager to play. The steam rooms were hot and active. The sauna was hot (not tepid).

    I had multiple very pleasant encounters. I will go back to this place, for sure !“

     on 16-04-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. Nicely busy

    “Here on a Friday, late afternoon. Nicely busy with a good mix of guys up for action. Friendly welcome at reception but the staff with their torches are intrusive and offensive in tone. The steam rooms and dry sauna could all be hotter: distinctly tepid (in temperature) when I visited. The dark room used to be darker too.“


     on 09-04-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  4. Turned away

    “I live round the corner. I have lived in London for 14 years. I have been to to this sauna before. Today I tried to go there with my boyfriend. I got turned away because the ‘bouncer’ thought I was off my face on drugs. In reality I have never done any drugs my whole life (except alcohol) as I have a heart condition. The reality is just that I was very tired and I had a couple of pints and I looked it! So when I get accused of being off my face on drugs without the opportunity to respond, that... just stereotyping. If you are brown skinned like me ( I am half black) or black, I recommend you go somewhere else.“

     on 18-02-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  5. Overrated

    “I found this sauna to be one of the most overrated saunas I have been too. I have been to a number in England and can honestly say, after going there twice, nothing would induce me to go again.

    The staff were rude and condescending. While the facilities were great, I think it left me cold with the service. Sorry.“


     on 06-01-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  6. Staff

    “I'm sorry but the staff at the reception are horrible. I understand that they must be frustrated that they work in a place like that, but presumably the get paid to do that job and provide some kind of decent customer service. It is a smelly and dirty venue with no proper rest rooms. There are better saunas in London.“


     on 13-11-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  7. Oldies

    “Went here last Sunday at 4pm (peak time) and was the only young (under 25) guy there. Not to mention the amount of times the oldies tried hitting on me, even when I asked them to stop - yuck!

    Staff use the changing rooms to 'play on their phone' during their break, which is a bit weird.

    The jacuzzi is a joke and completely uncomfortable - hardly any proper place to sit on.

    The only thing I liked about this sauna is that they provide you with two towels; I will definitely be sticking with Sweatbox.

    (And btw, I understand that I too will be old one day, but I probably won't be looking terminally ill or like Jubba the Hut, and expecting a young guy who is half my age to be interested in me).“


     on 20-10-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  8. Not again

    “I've been patronizing this sauna for a while. I returned last night to a surprise in the lobby - a bag check. I'm all for security. The Eastern European guy kept saying while checking my bag "you were here earlier". I finally got annoyed and said NO. So what if I did. Just rude. There was also a body pat down. He saw my bottled water in my bag which I always carry with me. He took it saying no liquids allowed to be brought into the club. I don't drink alcohol and refuse to purchase bottled water. There aren't even any water fountains at this sauna. While I agree in today's world security is important, I thought it was overboard for a sauna. I won't be returning.“


     on 08-10-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • problem with liquids

      “Hi James. Most saunas will not allow you to bring in liquids. This is due to a problem with a small number of people trying to smuggle in drugs (particularly "G") in liquid, which is incredibly dangerous in a sauna environment.“

       on 09-10-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

      • Chris

        “So as an alternative, to maintain peoples health in a hot environment do you have water fountains?“

         on 07-04-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  9. London's best sauna

    “For such a big population it is surprising London doesn't have more saunas but fortunately there is Pleasuredrome.

    I have been going for years because it is safe, clean and always open, usually I go when super horny after a night out.

    What I like here is the layout is unusual and atmospheric under the arches. Is not clinical like other saunas. I am not a gym fit guy and feel comfortable here. The staff are efficient, not overly friendly but I have seen them deal with someone off their head and was impressed how they the dealt with this.

    Would be good if the place had more rooms as sometimes too busy to get one. But they seem to be making improvements. I don't mind paying extra to have my own private room for 2 hours, is only £6 for private lockable room. Recommend.“


     on 29-09-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  10. Nice place, seems social, I still left frustrated

    “I attended on a Friday evening after the theater. There was a decent crowd of guys - older, younger, and my age (early 30s). Definitely a place where play is encouraged in the paid-for cabins versus common areas (sauna, steam, etc.). That's cool and all.

    I had a private deluxe room (great value at £6 for 2 hours), however it was down a private-ish hallway where no one was going to find me. Lesson learned = Don't waste time when you arrive, and find someone to bring back to the cabin before it's too late! Hallway cruising went on around the standard cabins. I would recommend the less expensive cabins next time to find guys easier, unless you already have someone to have fun with.

    After 2.5 hours, I left without getting off. My issue, it's not like dudes weren't interested in helping me, but I wanted to service, and the crowd leaned more toward watching to bottoming.“


     on 16-09-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  11. Dirty and smelly

    “Been there this week and the place was filthy. The steam rooms smelled awful and the floor was very dirty.“


     on 06-09-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

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