A 45 minute tube-journey across London has brought you to Liverpool Street Station. You’re running late to meet friends, but they’re going to have to wait because of that decision to see off a litre of Volvic en route. Rushing across the station your bladder starts to tighten as the lavatory signs flash on overhead. You turn the corner, you made it – 30p. No change, a 20 pound note of her Majesty’s finest and a smarmy change converting machine watching gleefully on.
It’s happened to all of us. Luckily help is at hand from Rachel Erickson, whose walking London Loo Tours are providing us with the best lavatorial knowledge across the city. The three-hour tour explores the social significance of the public toilet, and its effects on politics and architecture throughout history. From pre-Roman times to the present day, Rachel’s stories are filled with gossip, trivia, jokes and bad puns. Thomas Crapper would be proud.
Tours run every Tuesday afternoon and second and fourth Saturday. Meet at London Bridge Station toilets, and finish off in the West End with cocktails.
For more information, and to book tickets (£15) , visit the London Loo Tour Website.