Monday, November 7, 2016

The abandoned public toilets of London

Back in the Victorian era London, public toilets were considered a necessity. The first of those 'public loos' were built over rivers but their output was enough to choke off the flow of the Fleet River, a tributary of the Thames.

It was engineer George Jennings who pioneered London's distinctive 'public conveniences' - tiled underground chambers marked by iron railings or arches at street level. 

Today of course most those public lavatories have shut down. Most of them remain abandoned, littered and vandalized, while few have been successfully converted into cafes, bars and shops. 

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  1. Living in London, I recognise a few of the places!
    The toilet on the 2nd photo (which is in Spitalfields) is no longer 'abandoned'. It was opened as a mini club and is open again as a food place I think, after being on the market for a million pounds in early 2016!


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