- The legend of Les Bains -
From 1885 to 2011... A place among places
Les Bains Douches, was built in 1885 and subsequently run by the Guerbois family, home to the most famous private thermal baths of the capital.
It was a mecca of massage, offering sulphur, Russian and Turkish baths. You could take a dip in the pool or have your bath delivered home! Marcel Proust enjoyed his steam baths, while the workers from the nearby Les Halles food market came at dawn to shower and drink coffee and calvados after their night’s labours.
In 1978, this unique place transformed clubbing into an art de vivre and quickly became a cultural institution. A centre of gravity on a universal scale for the world of media, show business and the arts. Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Saint-Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Bono, Prince, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, etc.
The list is never-ending.
In 2011, to reinvent and save this icon of Parisian life, a new company, « La Société des Bains » was founded under the leadership of Jean-Pierre Marois… This was the first page of the new story of Les Bains.
Photo Credits: Foc Kan