Over the weekend, a trendy new London bar opened in the most unlikely of places: an old public restroom.
Opening Ladies & Gentlemen, as the new spot is fittingly called, was actually far more difficult for owner Will Borrell than it may sound. He was initially met with resistance from locals when he tried to secure a lease for a public restroom that had been abandoned for decades. According to the London Evening Standard, one member of the Camden Council (the London borough that is now home to the bar) described the proposal as “bonkers.” But after 18 months of work, the bathroom bar is here.
Though even Borrell admitted that the space was “horrific” when he first saw it, he fell in love with its core design. According to Grub Street, since its renovation, the place is “apparently a beauty to look at, with lovely, pre-WWII marble mosaic flooring and arched beams throughout. Also, there's a wall of functioning urinals.”