Yes you did read the title of this post correctly. You can do a walking tour of London’s toilets. Now my reason for doing this tour was actually to give you a quirky option of the walking tours available in London. Plus who could possibly turn down a fun sounding tour like this!
I must admit that I was both proud and slightly embarrassed to admit to people what I had planned for that Sunday. It’s funny how people react to different things. When I first heard about these tours a few months ago I laughed and thought to myself “I need to do this tour!”, yet others looked at me like I had just told them I’m doing a tour where I’ll walk around London and get people to punch me in the face! To them both are equally unacceptable ways of spending your day. But they are just boring so off I went on my London Loo tour.
About London Loo Tours
So how did this tour come about? Funnily enough Rachel (the original loo lady) became a little obsessed with toilets when trying to find free loos in London to avoid having to pay 30p to pee. She also wanted to become a tour guide someone jokingly suggested she should do a toilet tour as she was becoming an expert in the subject. That joke led to the birth of the London Loo Tours.
The Original Loo Tour
When the London Loo Tours first started, they only offered one tour. Now with several tours available, the first tour is known as ‘The Original Loo Tour’.
The tour starts at Waterloo station, just in front of the toilets because well let’s face it, where else do you start a toilet tour! Thankfully she was easy to spot thanks to the plunger she was holding. I must admit that this was one of my favourite things about the tour. There’s nothing funnier than following a woman holding a plunger in the air, watching everyone’s confused expression as we walk past.
While Rachel was walking us between locations she was giving us fun facts about some of London’s loos. My favourite fact from the tour relates to the Shard. I won’t spoil it for you, but it is an amusing fact.
As I mentioned before, Rachel’s loo obsession started while trying to find a place to pee for free. So as we came outside of Waterloo Station she pointed out the nearest free toilets. Normally it would be considered impolite to go to a pub just to use their toilet but the toilets at the Hole in the Wall pub are official free toilets that you can use without having to buy a drink first.
From Waterloo we made the short walk to the ‘Jubi-loos’. These public toilets on London’s Southbank are probably the only toilets worth paying to use in London. They have been decorated to celebrate the Queen and are defiantly worth seeing at least once.
The Jubi-loos are made up of 11 unisex cubicles and 6 urinals. They are open between 10am to 10pm everyday and cost 50p to use. However, on the Loo Tour entrance is included so you get to view these unique toilets for free.
After that we started heading into soho while being told about the history of London’s toilets and more importantly, the introduction of the sewer system. We were even shown where the award winning loos are. Apparently there are toilet awards, who knew!
While we were heading into soho there was a quiz to see if anyone could spot the hidden toilet. The grand prize was a lovely loo lady keyring, although we were warned that she had been hanging on to that keyring for a while as normally no one gets it. Well I am proud to say that I did and the keyring is hanging proudly on my keys.
The End of Our Tour
Sadly the tour had to come to an end but the best was saved for last. Our tour ended with a trip to The Cellar Door. It was a good place to end the tour as this place had some really cool toilets. The doors were clear until you locked them. Only the brave try these toilets first but the reason for ending the tour here was not only because of the awesome toilet doors, but also because it used to be a gentleman’s toilet. As long as you don’t overthink it you’ll enjoy that fact! It was a great place to end the tour as they do amazing cocktails. I loved having my expresso martini cocktail in a mug. Made it feel like I wasn’t being an alcoholic!
Most people stayed for at least one drink and then left but a few of us decided to make a night out of it. We stayed at the Cellar Door as we had a discount here for being on the London Loo tour. It actually turned into a really fun night. We were joined by Luke who we met earlier at the Jubiloo and later had the enjoyment of the magician DR John who is a very talented magician. I’ve actually worked on magician TV show in the past so I know how a lot of tricks are done, but even I was left amazed by his skills.
Overall it was a very enjoyable day and half the fun is seeing the look on peoples faces when you tell them you’ve been on a tour of London’s Loos. Before you judge or mock me, are you seriously telling me there isn’t a little part of you that isn’t curious or intrigued about this tour… yeah just what I thought!
Not only do they have other loo tours, they now have a Fart Tour available that you can bet I want to take!
Are you brave enough to take the London Loo Tour?
- Tours last around 2 hours
- Price of the tour is £15
- There are up to 20 people per tour
- Private tours are available
- There is a lot of walking so make sure to wear comfy shoes
- Tours can be booked online
- Gift vouchers are available to purchase
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