These former public toilets prove that anything can be converted
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From bars to art galleries, rejoice in the reinvention of the loo

You youngsters of today may not remember a time where humanity had public toilets, such is the frequency with which street-side conveniences are being closed.

Unfortunately, the city centre WC is currently heading towards extinction. But there is a slightly bizarre upside to this unfortunate trend.

Up and down the country, imaginative individuals are using their ingenuity and wealth to resurrect public loos into brand new buildings, from bars to art galleries and beyond.

So if you fancy a nice hot latte with your lav, check out one of these amazing spots.

Cellar Door, London

Credit: Flickr user Ewan Munro

Credit: Ewan Munro / Flickr CC

“30s Berlin meets New York basement dive”, is how Cellar Door choose to describe itself on its website, and hopefully that’ll give you a good idea of what to expect from this public toilet turned swanky bar.

Much more than a glorified urinal, Cellar Door prides itself on a wide variety of entertainment, including regular cabaret and burlesque shows for punters to enjoy while sipping quality cocktails.

The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol

Yes, The Edwardian Cloakroom is an art gallery located in an old public toilet, but don’t let that detract from the quality of the work on show.

Fine art and dodgy bowel movements might seem juxtapose at first, but think about it: where else can you use a toilet and stare at artistic accomplishments? (Don’t put this to the test: The Louvre probably wont take kindly to it).

More info here.

The Temple, Manchester

Naturally this old public urinal would be turned into a bar – with the best jukebox🇬🇧

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Manchester isn’t short of ‘cool’ places to hang out, but underground bar The Temple claims to be on the higher echelon of ‘coolness’ with a funky alternative rock-themed jukebox and cosy location.

You’ll get the real bar experience here, and in fact, the actual toilet stalls fitted in the building have been decorated with graffiti scribbles and random pen marks, so regular clubbers should feel right at home.

The place can get a little crowded though, so try not to get too… bogged down (shameful, we know).

More info here.

The Ridgeway, Newport

Ah, the age-old question: is it possible to turn an abandoned public toilet into a genuinely appealing cafe? It’s something we’ve been asking ourselves for generations.

And in all honesty, we never thought we’d be advocating the drinking of coffee and the buttering of scones where once bare bottoms openly fumed, but we’re going to have to.

With everything from afternoon tea to Christmas dinner being served at The Ridgeway, you’re bound to find something that’s appealing, if the gourmet menu doesn’t wet your appetite enough.

More info here.

The Attendant, London

There’s nothing quite like drinking a good cup of coffee just centimeters away from what was once a used toilet, and if you’re in agreement (why wouldn’t you be?) then The Attendant in London sounds like the perfect place for you.

The place is also a restaurant and bar, and we can see no reason as to why you should skimp on the grub.

More info here.

TBC, Edinburgh

Trainspotting toilet scene

The ten public toilets in the centre of Edinburgh that the City Council are in the process of selling off haven’t technically been renovated yet, but they will definitely be cool in the future.

The Cannonmills public lavatory is rumoured to be worth around £200,000, so if you’ve got the spare cash, feel free to try and beat the wine bars and the bistros to the punch.

Sure, it’ll be weird engaging in frothy political natter while sipping and savoring a glass of red, all the while knowing that you’re sitting in an old bog house, but you’ll get used to it.

More info here.

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