Restaurants and bars with an unusual past

WC Wine and Charcuterie, Clapham, London

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Former use: public lavatory

Clapham residents Andy Bell and Jayke Mangion came up with the cunning plan of converting a 100-year-old former public toilet into a swish wine bar. Housed below Clapham Common tube station, it took the pair two years to convert the 40-seater WC Wine & Charcuterie into a drinking den.

A number of the original features such as the mosaic floor and tube tiling have been kept with the old attendance office forming the framework of the bar. Love letters found behind the partition walls during the restoration are on display in the bar’s own toilets, which include two original Royal Doulton urinals. On pour at WC are a dozen red and white wines by the glass, classic cocktails and beer from the Brixton Brewery.

Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AJ

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