On Foley and Great Titchfield Streets in London, there was an underground public men’s restroom built in the 1890’s accessible via its own caged entrance in the middle of the sidewalk. There were quite a few of these facilities built at the time which were used until the 1960’s, when they were locked up and left in disuse for the next 50 years.

A few years ago, the city sold off these odd spaces to various enterprises. In the case of the underground toilet on Foley Street, some restaurateurs took it over and have turned the abandoned urban outhouse into a remarkably pleasant little espresso cafe.

Here are some before and after pics of what they’ve done with the place…

The Cage and Entrance

Then…

…and now…

The Urinals

Then…

…and now…

The Shop

Then…

…and now…

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