The powder room, the privy, the lavatories, the loos; whether you refer to ‘em as bogs or bathrooms, it’s safe to say that London’s bars and restaurants have spent a penny (and probably a few pounds) to jazz theirs up. No longer the place you talk about in hushed tones, toilets are now the ultimate Insta-backdrop, perfect for touching up the lippy before striking a pose and snapping a selfie. From a jungle-themed oasis, to walls adorned with iconic celebrity mugshots and even a hall of mirrors, check out our guide to London’s most beautiful (and bizarre) toilets here.
The Jungle One - Annabel’s
Counting Posh Spice as a fan no less, the loos at Annabel’s have been snapped by a bevy of A-listers over the years. Recently undergoing a complete transformation, the room’s current incarnation is a jungle-inspired oasis designed by Martin Brudnizki. Decked out with pink onyx basins, bespoke Murano mirrors and more glittering tiles that you could shake a stick at, it’s not hard to see why the bathroom has such an exclusive list of attendees. And if it’s good enough for VB to do her biz? It’s good enough for us.
The Girls Night Out One - Blame Gloria
A former public toilet turned super cool cocktail bar, Blame Gloria has stayed true to its roots, giving its (now thankfully, private) toilets the VIP treatment. Expect photo-ready lighting, pretty rose petals and glittering sinks. The real show stopper though? The pink collage wallpaper, which has been created using images of iconic women, from Iris Apfel to Gwen Stefani and Ab Fab’s Patsy, beehive and all.
The Art Deco One - The Ned
Stepping inside The Ned's glam basement bathroom feels a little bit like stepping back in time to the 1920s. With checkerboard tiles, powder pink walls and an oh-so-pretty velvet kissing seat, it’s designed with late-night debriefs and clattering heels in mind. Better yet? All the products here come courtesy of Cowshed, so yes, you will leave smelling divine, and no, we won’t judge you for decanting some to take with you.
The Futuristic One - Sketch
Never far from an Insta feed, the loos at Sketch are arguably some of the most bonkers in London. Looking to be straight out of the latest sci-fi blockbuster, these egg-shaped cubicles stand tall under a dance floor-inspired ceiling. And the disco doesn’t stop there, once inside and seated, the visitor is treated to an LED light show along with futuristic sound effects (which are quite handy for covering those, er, other symphonies...)
The Floral One - Restaurant Ours
Another celeb fave, Restaurant Ours is the swanky Kensington spot that’s adorned with hanging plants, twinkling lights and plush booths. Head to the powder room though and you'll find an LA-inspired paradise, complete with pastel pink tiles and palm trees aplenty. And if that wasn’t enough to tempt you? Rihanna has previously paid this place a visit, so you may well find your tush seated exactly where her famous Bajan behind has been.
The One With the Mega Views - Aqua Shard
Fancy taking a tinkle whilst admiring views from the 31st floor? Swish contemporary British restaurant, Aqua Shard is the place for you. Not for those who suffer from vertigo, the urinals here boast some pretty mega views over London’s skyline, just maybe wait ‘til you’re all zipped up before attempting to take a snap.
The Pretty In Pink One - Brasserie Of Light
A wonderland of pink marble, the lavatories at Brasserie Of Light scream decadence. Found inside Selfridges, they’re the perfect place to take a break after a long day of shopping, or snap a selfie in your new buys. And if the wall-to-wall pink isn’t quite extra enough for you? Try checking out the 24-foot crystal-encrusted Damien Hirst horse that is suspended above the dining room. It would be rude not to ‘gram it.
The Hall of Mirrors One - NOPI
Ever been called out for taking too long in the bathroom? Well now you have a legitimate excuse, because finding your way out of NOPI’s hall of mirrors-style WC could take you a little while. The ultimate selfie-backdrop, this ultra-sleek bathroom will have you seeing double before you’ve had your first sip of wine. Luckily Ottolenghi’s team have installed handy gold lettering, alerting you to the cubicle’s entrance, no doubt averting some close calls.
The Lindsay Lohan One - Tonight Josephine
No stranger to a cheeky Instagram shoot (or twelve), Tonight Josephine is the Shoreditch venue that's decked out with glittering pink walls, a mirrored ceiling and girl power neon signs. When you’re all pooped out from getting down to Brit on the dance floor? You may wanna check out the loos, which are presided over by noughties queen, Lindsay Lohan. Each cubicle comes complete with one of Li Lo’s many iconic mugshots, making it the perfect place to recreate those Mykonos dance moves.
Looking for more snappable content? Check out our guide to London's most Instagrammable venues here.