From Victorian urinals to post-war public lavatories, the British public toilet is fast becoming one of the most fashionable places to eat or have a drink.
The latest fashionable place to meet up for a drink in London is in the loo. People are spending the evening in the most amazing places: former public toilets. In order to maximise use of every last inch of space in town, London is exploiting every possible public area…no matter how unexpected. After the transformation of the red telephone boxes into mobile or cell phone charge stations, now we have the capital’s public toilets being given a new lease of life. Long abandoned or in disuse, the former public toilets have one by one been turned into bars, cafes, restaurants and even cabarets. The new proprietors of these period public conveniences have outdone each other in using their imagination to create the most singular places: unique, designer and comfortable.
Here is our round up of the trendiest toilets for having a drink or romantic dining in the heart of the British capital:
- The Convenience
In the district of Hackney, the former 1940’s public toilets have become a café restaurant. Making sure you don’t overlook the former purpose of the premises, you can enjoy a quiet drink next to the white porcelain basins. Very effective period décor!
- WC, Wine and Charcuterie.
In the underground public toilets in Clapham, you can enjoy a typically Victorian dinner. Surrounded by tiled walls and a mosaic floor, the narrow little alcoves provide an intimate setting. On the menu: you probably guessed – wine and charcuterie!
- The Attendant
First opened in 1890, this former post-war public lavatory has taken on a new life in the middle of London. Having turned the old urinals into flower containers, the café owners can assure their clients of a friendly welcome in this original setting.
- The Cellar Door
Far from the austere image of the urinal, these former public toilets house one of the most fashionable cabaret bars in London: The Cellar Door.
Address : The Convenience - Brooksby's Walk, London E9 6DF
District : Hackney
Open hours : Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 11pm. Saturday: 9.30am - midnight
Transport : Train: Homerton Hospital
Address : WC, Wine and Charcuterie - Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AA
District : Clapham
Open hours : Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 11.30pm. Friday: 5pm - 00.30am. Saturday: 3pm - 00.30am. Sunday: 3pm - 10.30pm
Transport : Metro: Clapham Common
Address : The Attendant - 27A Foley St, London W1W 6DY
District : Marylebone
Open hours : Monday - Saturday: 8am - 6pm. Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Transport : Metro: Goodge Street
Address : The Cellar Door - Aldwych, London WC2E 7DN
District : Covent Garden
Open hours : Monday - Saturday: 4pm - 1am, Sunday: 6pm - midnight
Transport : Metro: Temple