Man found dead in Chariots, London’s biggest gay sauna

Police detectives are investigating the death of a man, found in London’s biggest gay bathhouse today

Man found dead in Chariots, London’s biggest gay sauna
11 July 2012

A man has been found dead in London’s largest gay bathhouse sauna, Chariots Roman Spa.

Police and ambulance paramedics were called today (11 July) to the venue in Fairchild Street, in the area of the British capital referred to interchangably as Shoreditch or as Liverpool Street after its main train station.

The man, who has not been identified was found deceased in the venue. Detectives from the London borough of Hackney are treating his death as suspicious and are investigating.

A post-mortem will be held tomorrow.

The bathhouse, known as a ‘sauna’ in British gay slang, is the largest of its type in the UK and well known among London’s gay population and visitors. It has a 500 capacity locker room.

It boasts a cafe-bar, dry sauna, two steam rooms, a small swimming pool, Jacuzzis, dark rooms, cabins and several cruising areas. It was opened in 1997 in a converted warehouse.

It hit the headlines in 1998 when celebrity former footballer Justin Fashanu, the only top British soccer player to come out as openly gay, spent his last evening there before committing suicide nearby. In 2006, there was another death at the venue but an investigation found this was due to a drugs overdose and there were no suspicious circumstances. A fire in 2011 saw patrons evacuated but no injuries.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who was at the venue between the evening of Tuesday (10 July) and this morning. They are asked to call +44 (0)20 8721 7760 or they can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on +44 (0)800 555 111.



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