A former public toilet at a London Underground station is being brought back to life as a bar specialising in wine and charcuterie.
WC Wine & Charcuterie is due to open in the space below Clapham Common station in south London later this month, plus seating for 40 people in a courtyard at ground level.
It has been developed by Clapham residents Andy Bell and Jayke Mangion who have been working on the 100-year-old derelict site for more than two years.
Downstairs, they are turning the former toilets into a 40-seater bar with three booths, restoring original features such as a mosaic floor and tiling. The toilet attendant’s office now forms the framework of the bar counter.
Love letters found behind the partition walls during the restoration are being put on display in the bar’s own toilets, which include two original Royal Doulton urinals.
The bar will offer 12 red wines and 12 white, available by the glass and half-bottle, specialising in predominantly small producers. It will also offer rosé and sparkling wines as well as cocktails by the glass or carafe and beers from Brixton Brewery.
Food will range from charcuterie to a platter of seven cheeses and a terrine of the day.
WC Wine & Charcuterie will be open from 6pm until late on Monday to Friday and from midday until late on Saturdays and Sundays. It opens to the public on Friday July 11.
The property was sold through commercial property specialist Lambert Smith Hampton.
It is the latest in a line of former public toilets converted into bars in London, including Cellar Door in the Strand, The Attendant in Soho, The Convenience in Clapton and the soon-to-open Ladies and Gentlemen in Kentish Town.
Updated July 8 with new pictures and opening date.
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