One of the oldest London gay saunas is to be demolished

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Chariots sauna in Waterloo is to be demolished as the new owner of the building expressed the wish to transform it into a luxury hotel. Planning committee member Cllr Nigel Haselden praised the new idea for the “very welcome removal of a negative contributor to the street”. The building, located on Lower Marsh street, Waterloo, in central London, will be replaced by a 66 room hotel. It is not known whether the bathhouse will move to a new location in the area following the demolition. The former site of Chariots in Shoreditch is also set to be demolished to make way for a new luxury hotel.The site will be flattened, in order to build the 200-bedroom building, which will also include offices and retail space. The brand has come under increased criticism in the past few years, after a string of controversies led to questions regarding the safety and security of the saunas – especially the soon to be closed Shoreditch branch.

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