Former Public Convenience, Clapham Common, London, SW4 7AA
020 7622 5502
Mon-Thu 5pm-11.30pm Fri 5pm-12.30am Sat 3pm 12.30am Sun 3pm-10.30pm
They have a limited but sexy, well priced wine list and a couple of ales and a small number of cocktails on offer too. Food-wise we’re talking cheese and charcuterie, we say hit their sharing boards, pork scratchings, black pudding Scotch eggs and the oysters a steal at £2 a pop. This place gets busy so be prepared for a short wait, or if you’re in a group book one of their booths in advance. Smokers rejoice as they’ve got a (heated) terrace up top with – wait for it – table service! Pow. Hanging out in a dark, ancient loo has never been so chic.
The picket fence goes up by 6pm, partioning off a little patch of ground next to Clapham Common’s tube station. The folding tables then fill up in minutes with glass-clinking sybarites, attracting the stares of zipped-up commuters. A former public toilet, integral to the Tube station but derelict for years, has reopened as a wine bar, and transformed its tiny outside space into a new drinking terrace.