Restroom, comfort station, bathroom, lavatory, WC – whatever we call it, when we need a London loo, we really need one…
How to find public toilets in London
The fastest route to the nearest public toilet can be found on The Great British Public Toilet Map.
Take a look at Transport for London’s public toilet information for a comprehensive list of public toilets in London Underground and National rail stations, toilets by London borough, and a list of accessible toilets in London.
Check out our guide for more information on accessible toilets in London.
How to find free toilets in London
If you’re out and need the loo, don’t panic - salvation is almost always at hand!
All of London's mainline National Rail stations have toilets which are free to use, so you don't need to be travelling anywhere to use the facilities. As part of the Mayor of London’s Open London scheme, the facilities in many stores, including Marks & Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis, Sainsbury's and Asda are all available for you to use without having to buy anything.
You can also find bathrooms in public museums and art galleries all over the city, which are often free to enter.
If you are not near somewhere with free access, most pubs, cafes and fast food outlets have customer toilets. Grab a coffee or a snack for permitted use.
Public showers in London
London's airports and mainline National Rail stations are the most likely places to find a public shower in London. Some are accessible only via executive lounges accessed with a first class ticket, however both London Paddington and London King's Cross rail stations have public showers accessible for a £5 fee. London Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow airports have lounges that anyone can access (for a fee) with showers.
London's best toilets
As well as providing a place of need, some of London’s restaurants and bars have made their toilets a destination in themselves.
Visitors to Camden should check out Gilgamesh to feel like a demigod as you sit and contemplate the epic carvings.
The Princess Louise pub has some of London’s best restored Victorian urinals.
For a loo with a view, visit The View from The Shard.
No ‘best lavatory in London’ list would be complete without mentioning the Sketch toilets and its futuristic bathroom. Step into your toilet ‘pod’ where you may hear birdsong, or the sounds of NASA announcing take off.
Reinvented toilets of London
There are other reasons for visiting these Victorian public conveniences in London - they are now bars and cafes!
Step into The Attendant in Fitzrovia, a restored Victorian public toilet re-imagined as a coffee bar and breakfast to lunch eatery.
Head for cocktails, live music and even snuff at the Cellar Door, a former Soho lavatory. And fear not, their own toilets aren't quite as risqué as they first appear - the transparent glass frosts over when you lock the door.
Take out free membership at ex-public lavatory, the Bermondsey Arts Club featuring outstanding cocktails and live music ‘til late.
Explore the seasonal expertly curated cocktail list in underground Kentish Town venue, Ladies and Gentlemen.
‘Spend a penny’ or two at WC in Clapham Common and enjoy excellent wine and charcuterie in a quirky converted loo with live music Sunday and Monday evenings.
Brush up on your toilet knowledge on one of the London Loo Tours. Choose between three walking tours that take you through the murky history of politics and public loos in London, alongside offering practical tips on finding a loo when you're in need.