London is always going to have a flair for the dramatic and it doesn’t stop in the bathroom.
We don’t know why we’re obsessed with nice-looking loos, okay. But we take great pleasure in a brilliant bog, whether it be the over-the-top decor, the stunning view or just the general ambience of said toilet, here’s a little roundup of some of the capital’s best.
1. Aqua Shard, London Bridge
If you’re looking for the ultimate loo with a view, you’re not going to get better than this. Who knew a toilet could have one of the best views of London but this one certainly does. You’ll be peeing in awe, we tell ya.
Level 31 The Shard, 31 Saint Thomas Street, next to London Bridge station, SE1 9RY.
2. Attendant, Fitzrovia
Okay so this is technically not a functioning toilet anymore but it had to be included. One of London’s finest examples of Victorian lavatories, this small toilet has now been transformed into a trendy café. Oh London, you’ve done it again.
27A Foley Street, near Goodge Street station, W1W 6DY.
3. Nopi, Soho
We dare you to venture into these toilets without confusing yourself and stumbling into a wall. Or should we say mirror, as that’s all this toilet is made up of. It’s a cross between one of those hallways in haunted houses and some kind of quirky invention but you know, it’s trendy and we’re diggin’ it.
21-22 Warwick St, Soho, near Piccadilly Circus station, W1B 5NE.
4. Cahoots, Kingly Court
Okay so this is without a doubt one of the best themed bars in London. Based on an old Bakerloo line train, expect to be transported into a downstairs abyss of 1940’s wartime fun and the toilets are no exception. With old war radio playing overhead and old fashioned cubicles, expect to question what era you’ve fallen into as you sit on this bog.
13 Kingly Street, Carnaby, near Oxford Circus station, W1B 5PG.
5. Far Rockaway, Shoreditch
One of those bars you’ve probably fallen into on your Shoreditch night out but another one with a totally rockin’ theme. It’s all american-style and the toilets are totally cool as well. Think walllpaper made up of news clippings and old vinyls everywhere you turn.
97-113 Curtain Road, near Shoreditch High Street station, EC2A 3BS.
6. The Breakfast Club/Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, Spitalfields
If you haven’t discovered the hidden bar in the Spitalfields branch of The Breakfast Club, where have you been? No but seriously, go up to the Smeg fridge and prepare to be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll find behind it. Of course, when a bar is so quirky then the toilet has to match. Expect My Little Pony wallpaper and random graffiti reminding you that “___ was here”.
The BC, 12 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, near Liverpool Street station, E1 7LS.
7. Claridges Bar and Restaurant, Mayfair
This is probably one of the most luxurious loos you’ll ever have the fortune of waltzing into. Okay, you don’t have to do the waltz but a surrounding like this almost demands that level of fanciness. Think large vanity areas with chairs, mirrors and even a coat check and attendant. Ooh la la.
Brook Street, Mayfair, near Bond Street station, W1K 4HR.
8. The Hunter S, Dalston
This lovely little east London pub serves up some great locally sourced food but also boasts a rather interesting toilet for the men. Prepare to pee straight into a giant mouth … and no, that’s not a euphemism. The urinals are actually rather large mouths with fake pills in that will ensure you have a little giggle in that supposedly awkward male toilet moment.
194 Southgate Road, near Dalston Kingsland, N1 3HT.
9. Sarastro, Drury Lane
So this place is a hard one to miss as it’s adorned with extravagant foliage and shrubs making it the standout building on Drury Lane. Everything about this place is rather extra AF but we love it and the toilets are not for the fainthearted. Expect cheesy wallpaper with lots of crude images that may make you double-take whilst reaching for a towel.
126 Drury Lane, near Covent Garden, WC2B 5SU.
10. sketch, Mayfair
We’ve all seen them either in real life or on our Instagram feeds and if you haven’t been yet, we suggest you go. There’s something about the groovy rainbow lighting, the curved mirrors and those weird egg pods that just scream to be photographed. The toilet itself is pretty basic but has a mini speaker playing music so we can’t complain really.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, near Oxford Circus station, W1S 2XG.
We loved this place and its views but the panoramic scenery doesn’t stop in the restaurant, oh no. You lucky men get a view from the urinal whilst us gals get to take in London’s skyline whilst washing our hands. Now that surely deserves its own Instagram post with #loowithaview, right?
40 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, near Canary Wharf station, E14 9TP.
12. The Ritz, Green Park
We all know this is one of the fanciest hotels in London and their toilets really do not disappoint. Think impressive murals of water lilies and plush seating for when you want a comfortable space to powder one’s nose.
150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, near Green Park station, W1J 9BR.