All children need to leave the nest eventually, to spread their wings and live a life of their own. And this Baby has certainly done that. With the closure of the founding Bathhouse venue in Liverpool Street (a converted morbidly-themed Victorian Turkish bathhouse – hence the name – with a penchant for cabaret and late nights), all eyes are firmly focused on Tava O’Halloran’s Baby Bathouse to deliver the goods.
On the main stretch of East London’s Stoke Newington, with its purple padded walls, gold-painted bird cages, elegant skeleton wallpaper and reclaimed church pews, this smaller, younger sibling is all micro-grandeur and late night local-debauchery. Cocktails are middling but fun, and midweek evenings are peppered with burlesque-edged activities like themed life-drawing classes. But come the weekend expect things to get pretty sweaty, especially by the end of the night when the Baby Bathhouse gets packed with a fun crowd of Stokie locals.