Toilet tours offered in London

18th of August 2016
Toilet tours offered in London

Two toilet tours are currently being offered in London in a bid to inform and entertain participants about everything relating to the British public lavatory.

London Loo Tours take in various interesting toilets while delving into the history of public health in England and looking at how a growing understanding of the spread of disease has led to the rise of the modern WC.

The idea was originally conceived by Californian Rachel Erickson as a joke after she came to the UK in 2013 and was horrified to discover that the British actually had to pay to use a public loo.

"I had an obsession with knowing where the free loos were ... I simply didn't think I should have to pay," she said. So she devised a tour of London's free toilets and now runs two weekend walking tours, one around Waterloo and the other in the Bloomsbury area.

Highlights of the Bloomsbury Tour include the site of the world's first toilet museum at University College London, while the Waterloo tour incorporates information about "spending a penny" at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Around 2,000 people a year take one of the company's loo tours, which have a five-star rating on Tripadvisor.

An adult ticket for one of the two 90-minute tours costs £12 (€14).



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