Abandoned antique public toilet in London turned into a coffee shop [13 pics]

March 27, 2013 | By Abraham | 16 comments

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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16 Comments

    1. maidenemmy says:

      As much as they have improved it…I don’t think I could overcome what it USED to be USED for. Puts me off me feed!

    2. cruelladeville666 says:

      me neither. it’s one thing that it used to be a bathroom. it’s another that it still has the old urinal parts to remind you it used to be a bathroom.

  1. Daniel Stowe says:

    How are these bathrooms abandoned? People really didn’t use them enough? Public bathrooms are the one thing that we need all over NYC. There’s nothing worse than being stranded in the city when you’ve gotta go

  2. Helen says:

    yea, as cool as it is. Im not sure i’ll be able to get over the fact that it was a urinal. Especially now that I saw the before and after… >.<

  3. Calimyrna says:

    The idea is brilliant. We should be retrofitting every abandoned building across the country. It would put people to work and create a raft of new businesses of every sort, Stop making silly ‘eww’ noises and, for once, think outside the pissoir.

  4. Paul says:

    Nice idea to regenerate derelict space into a novelty coffee shop, but once the novelty factor wears off it will close down. Bad investment unfortunately, I give it 6 months!

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