Floatworks

1 Thrale Street
South Bank, London
SE1 9HW
Tel: 020 7357 0111 Borough 0.3 miles

With 9 tanks, Floatworks is now the world's largest floatation centre and delivers on its promise of "stress relief beyond belief".

Mon-Sun: 10am-10pm

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We arrived at the centre half an hour before, as requested when booking on the phone. We were asked to fill out a form and then take a seat and wait. The waiting room I can only describe as a doctor's waiting room. I understand that noise needed to be kept to a minimum for the benefit of others floating, however some nice tranquil music wouldn’t have gone amiss.

After me and my partner were left nearly 20 minutes sitting in silence, we were taken through to our float tanks, where a nice lady explained all. My partner went in to his room. I was quite surprised that my room was so cold, but assumed that it was part of the experience and that I would be lovely and warm in the tank. I showered and entered my tank, where I was shocked to find that it was really quite cold.

Whilst in the tank I was extremely disappointed. The water was possibly only 10-15 cm deep, and I kept bumping into the sides and touching the bottom of the tank. I could hear people walking past, and could even hear a member of staff explaining to a floater next door. After the music finished (which, by the way, I was not asked to choose) I lay there for approximately another 5 minutes and decided that things were no better; I really wasn’t enjoying banging my head every minute, so decided to get out. When out of the tank, I looked at what I can only assume was a thermometer on the side of the tank, which showed the tank as 29 degrees. I showered and tried to wrap up in what I can only describe as a un-fluffy, small, stained excuse for a towel. I got dressed and left my room, extremely disappointed.

I met my partner in reception to find out that he had had the same very poor experience. He told me that he had found hairs in his tank and that his shower had not even run hot water.

I am so upset and disappointed by some of the statements Floatworks make on their website, which couldn’t be further from the truth, in my eyes:

"Once settled it is only possible to touch the bottom of the tank with a great deal of effort" - I found it easy to touch the bottom; in fact, my legs and bottom kept touching the bottom of the tank and my arms and head kept touching the sides.

"... which is about 25cm deep" - No way, is all I can say!

"... designed to block out all external distractions, such as sights, sounds" - I could hear the lady talking next door.

"... big, fluffy, fresh towels" - I think small, flat, stained towels describes them better!

"The salt-water solution is heated to skin temperature (35.5 degrees C)" - The tank was cold. I did not have my own thermometer with me, but there is no way that the water was that warm.

"The water within the tank is automatically filtered between each customer" - If this is the case, why were there hairs in my partner's tank?

As for the photos on their website, I feel this just adds to what I see as false advertising!

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 by dani.bailey, 23 Aug 2011
I like the place and have been visiting for the last 4 years. The slippers, which are cleaned after each use, are there for hygiene; the dim lighting I believe is to aid relaxation, as I am sure bright lighting would have the opposite effect. Whenever I visit they are busy, which I think speaks volumes. Floatation is very beneficial and enjoyable and I'd recommend it to anyone who is looking for profound and deep relaxation.

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 by Coleen StandingWellSmythe, 07 May 2010
The last comment isn't at all accurate. I've been using these tanks for several years and it doesn't matter if you come in the morning or the evening, the temperature in my opinion is the same. You don't get salt in your eyes if you remain still - which is the point, as the tanks are training you to still the mind and the body. There's a certain amount of learning experience, but it's sure quicker reaching Nirvana this way than via meditation (I've tried both).

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 by Bloo, 11 Jun 2008
Can't compare it to other float centres, but here are my general thoughts:
1) I found it to be generally a very good experience. I felt very relaxed (and very sleepy) after doing floating.
2) It seems it's better to visit in the mornings, since the float tank becomes quite hot by the end of the day (I guess becasuse it works for many hours without a stop), which makes the experience less pleasant.
3) I'd advise not to use float tank #7, since it becomes particularly hot and feels more like a sauna; (personnel know about it, but are reluctant to say anything unless you ask).

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 by egor, 09 Sep 2007
Had the most amazing experience at Floatworks, and would recommend the relaxed and friendly environment to anyone who wants to escape the stresses of living in London. Keep up the good work.

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 by White Rose, 22 Feb 2007
Strange feedback indeed from the previous reviewer, as I've just come back from Floatworks (a surprise gift from my other half for Valentine's day) and we both loved it!

My experience couldn't have been more different. The staff were lovely, the atmosphere excellent and the floatation experience incredible (I'm still flying with overwhelming feelings of pure joy and the most profound relaxation). The centre was even dressed up for the day with love hearts and free sweeties everywhere. A truly memorable experience - I'll be going back again soon!

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 by Soozie Sue, 14 Feb 2007
Goggles should be recommended, as it's annoying when salty waters gets in the eyes and spoils the experience.

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 by Beebabe, 26 Sep 2006
For a venue that is suppose to offer peace and relaxation, the service at Floatworks London is appalling. The staff are simply irate and lazy when dealing with queries. I left the place feeling more frustrated than when I first went in.

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 by Wong, 05 Dec 2005
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did and perhaps dismissed it before trying it. However, I was given a gift voucher so I thought I should give it a go. I spent the first 20 minutes or so (you lose track of time!) thinking that it was having no effect and my mind kept wandering. Then later I realised how very calm I was and I just felt relaxed and clear. I came out feeling borderline ecstatic and recommend it to anybody - give it a go!

The only minor negative, and I'm being picky here, is that I didn't find the surroundings very inspiring - the waiting room was a bit plain and the rooms are just a tank, a chair and a shower. That's all you need and I had no complaints - just don't expect an upmarket spa environment.

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 by mr_benn (20 reviews), 03 Dec 2004
I've been coming here for the last 8 years, in their earlier location on Clink Street, and in this newer, larger venue.

As long as you're not prone to claustrophobia, I'd recommend this to anybody. On my first visit I remember thinking that it was somewhat mundane and boring until I left Floatworks and then realised that I felt ecstatic and totally wasted (in a good way). I spent half an hour blissfully wandering around looking at the Thames and Southwark Cathedral before feeling ready to face the hustle and bustle of London.

I'm sure everybody reacts differently, but I find that floating helps my general wellbeing in many ways and also helps me concentrate when I have problems to solve in work or my personal life. If I lived or worked nearer I'd be there every week.

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 by blah (5 reviews), 08 Mar 2004


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