You go to restaurants and hotels for the food, the atmosphere, the company and the loos… That’s right, London’s bathrooms have upped their design game and now are appearing on our Instagram feeds – it’s not just photos of food anymore. From neon lights to spaceship egg pods, gold swans and more marble then you can handle, here are 15 bathrooms that you need to Instagram.
Loo With a View
London’s latest rooftop restaurant and terrace bar, Aviary, doesn’t skimp on the views from the loos. Way up on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House hotel, floor-to-ceiling windows aren’t one for those afraid of heights. Look inwards and you’ll find marble surfaces, gold mirrors and cool wooden cladding on the walls.
Where: 10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Pretty in Pink
Annabel’s in Mayfair have loos that you could imagine Marilyn Monroe washing her hands in back in the day, or Audrey Hepburn gasping at in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. They’re glam, they’re girly, and the design by Martin Bruznizki Design Studio captures “the spirit of English eccentricity,” which was the plan. If pink isn’t your shade however then they might be a sight for sore eyes. Personally? We’d love a good powder of the nose in these loos.
Where: 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT
Night on the Tiles
The inspiration for the loos at Ceru came from a trip to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. They wanted to create both a visual and audible impact; so, the soundscape that you’ll hear is inspired by noises the team heard in the backstreets running alongside the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The ornate tiles and gold and copper colours capture what the team believe the opulent private chambers of an Ottoman Palace to be like.
Where: 7-9 Bute Street, Kensington, London SW7 3EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.2 miles)
Surely the most OTT loos in the whole of London, the bathrooms at Mayfair’s Park Chinois practically define extravagance. Gold swan taps, marbled sinks, rich oriental wallpaper and moody lighting, you’ll spend so long in there just looking that you will make your table start to wonder if you’ve done a runner.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
A 5-star hotel calls for 5-star bathrooms: Sofitel London St James doesn’t disappoint. Designed by French interior designer, Pierre-Yves Rochor, huge baths and the heaviest of towelling robes screams pure luxury. Forget rubbish toiletries too – every bathroom is decked out with miniatures from Hermes by Paris. You may never want to leave the bathroom…
Where: Sofitel London St James, Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
The Hoxton is pretty cool anyway so it’s only fitting that their loos follow suit. A monochrome lover’s dream, the uniform sinks, individual round mirrors and black and white zig zag floor is a photogenic dream. You can’t get a bad angle.
Where: 199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7BD
Pink and Palms
The loos at healthy Hackney cafe, Palm Vaults are suitably kitsch. Well, when the coffee gets served in pink palm tree print cups and your food comes garnished with petals you would hope things were as good behind the scenes.
Where: 411 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HY
The Most Recognisable Loos
If there was an award for the most recognisable loos then it would have to go to Sketch for their oversized egg shaped pods. It’s all rather surreal and space like, with multi-coloured tiles lighting up the otherwise white room. You go to Sketch for the food, but you also go for the loos.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
Restaurant Ours clashes House of Hackney Palmeral wallpaper with mini baby pink tiles, gold sinks and large mirrors – the result? These will be on your Instagram feed in no time.
Where: 264 Brompton Rd, London SW3 2AS, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.4 miles)
The loos at Spring in Somerset House are almost too pretty to use, with elegant marble sinks, exposed light bulbs and white panelled walls.
Where: Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, Strand, WC2R 1LA
A Long Way Up
Being on the 31st floor of the Shard, Aqua Shard had to make the most of their views and sheer glass walls. In the day they’re flooded with light (good thing no one can see up that far) and at night they’re all dark, mysterious and moody. You can look out across the London whilst doing your business.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
The loos at Hush bring together baby pink doors, marble counter tops, ornate mirrors and boudoir-esque wall paper, it’s simple but effective and is going to look great on your Instagram.
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
London Marriott Hotel Park Lane’s bathrooms are seriously sleek. Everything is marbled and white with straight lines and bright lights. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have all the creature comforts though, as well as big fluffy white towels, toiletries come from Royal Warrant Holders, Floris.
Where: 140 Park Lane, W1K 7AA
The glamorous nature of the restaurant doesn’t stop at the door to the loo. Set below the restaurant, Buddha Bar’s loos are dark and brooding – who thought a loo could be described like that? But they are.
Where: 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA
The bathrooms at private members club Albert’s are really quite something. They’re adorned with Gucci inspired Colefax and Fowler wallpaper, that adds a certain vibrancy and coolness to a bathroom selfie. As well as this, Albert’s loos have been the talk of the town amongst all the celebs like Georgia Toffolo and Dionne Bromfield.
Where: 92b Old Brompton Road