If you’re anything like me and my friends, the toilets play a big part in a BNO (that’s big night out in case you didn’t know already), because it’s where we retreat in a whole clan to catch up, pamper and gossip – oh and take a few selfies of course. So I thought I’d put together a round-up of the best bogs I’ve visited all over London Town, so you can spend a penny in style.
Probably the most iconic toilets in the whole of London. I remember my very first visit to Sketch, years ago, when I was there for a press day. The news of the legendary toilets hadn’t reached me yet so I was equally surprised, bewildered and delighted when I stepped into a room full of egg-shaped pods. A few years later, I relocated to London and I thought it only right that I showed my bestie Chelsea what all the fuss was about. We sipped on our fancy cocktails in the ultra-cool, dimly-lit bar but the real highlight of the night was getting a snap in the loos. Big shout out to the lovely toilet attendant for facilitating our Insta needs!
Brasserie of Light
With landmark shops and the hustle and bustle that London is known for, Oxford Street is an iconic place to visit. When inside the gorgeous Selfridges, why not stop off for a fancy dinner at Brasserie of Light? The menu has the vibes of the Ivy – great classic dishes and lovely drinks – and the toilets are just as swanky. The pink powder rooms with plenty of mirrored surfaces are oh-so glam.
There are quite a few reasons to rate The Ned. It’s right in the heart of the city making it the perfect hangout for after-work drinkies. Plus, it has a few different restaurants to choose from – I was rather impressed by the Italian when I went, but I’m yet to try any others. However, once you’ve had your fill of martinis and nibbles, head down to the toilets (located near the private members area that’s a converted bank vault), for the real party. Right in the middle of the room you’ll find a fabulous three-seater chair, that’s just crying out to be instagrammed.
Alice in Wonderland style floor tiles are always a real bonus in my book – hello shoe selfie! But the walls are just as fabulous here thanks to the colourful wallpaper and pink accents. However, I must say, the impressive toilets sadly weren’t a sign of things to come. There aren’t many cocktails that I try and don’t like, but I’m sorry to report that this happened here. My advice? Steer clear of the outlandish cocktails that fall short of the mark and just order a basic bitch pornstar martini instead.
If you’re prepared to tackle the tourist crowds, this cinema in the middle of town is worth a day trip. As well as the blockbusters, it’s home to independent screenings. While you nip out on a popcorn dash don’t forget to check out the toilet. In-keeping with the hipster trend, the pop-art-esque movie poster wall coverings are a real statement. All things bright and beautiful springs to mind!
The Allis is actually part of White City House (of the Soho House family). However, this bar and restaurant is actually open to non-members (yes, us peasants…) so I went there with my friend Monika for a catch up over cocktails. A few beverages led to us feeling rather peckish, so we ordered some small plates to share and we were really impressed with the food offering. The whole vibe of the place is dark and atmospheric and that continues into the loos – moody lighting snd ornate fittings. Very chic!
The Garden Room
This rather undiscovered haunt was suggested by my friend Mel. With views out across London, it’s the perfect place for after work drinkies (the cocktails are also on point). But while you’re there I would definitely recommend a trip to the loo to admire their wallpaper emblazoned with pretty flamingoes and foliage. It got me in the summer spirit in an instant.
Any other loos that I should know about? Let me know!