As more of London's old public bathrooms are converted into beautiful drinking dens and coffee spots we round up the best spots to venture below and experience some updated porcelian style.
Ladies & Gents
Located in Kentish Town this charming bar has named itself after its unusal space but far from resembling a dingy toliet its only clue to its previous life as a loo is the old cisterns on the wall. Great drinks come with friendly service and a good-time atmosphere.
WC Wine & Charcuterie is a cosy and often very busy wine bar just beneath the common and in the winter is the perfect destination to skulk beneath the ground with a cheese board. Come summer the bar makes use of its small terrace space upstairs and drinkers delight in the summer rays, snacking on sharing boards and sipping on crisp whites and light reds.
Bermondsey Art Club
A former public conveniences turned into an elegant 1930's style cocktail bar, this Bermonsdey venue fits in perfectly with the growing food and wine scene south of Tower Bridge. You can expect more than just a well crafted cocktail in this old loo however, with live jazz and entertainment a regular feature here into the evenings.
The Attendant, Fitzrovia
Beautifully restored, The Attendant is a great coffee spot in Fitzrovia. It was originally built in 1890 but lay abandoned from 1960 onwards until they were given a makeover and turned into this delightful spot, perfect for breakfast, brunch and lunch or a quick flat white.