Drinking in the toilet just got classy. Think we’re mad? Think again. WC Wine and Charcuterie has opened in Clapham Common underground station’s toilets. Having lain derelict for years, the 100-year-old, listed cubicles have been given a bloody good once over and now house one of London’s most talked about bars.
The original toilet walls remain intact: have a sneaky peek into the men’s where old love letters that were found in the renovation are now displayed on the walls, alongside 1940s and 1950s Playboy posters. In the main 40-capacity space, tall bar stools and tables sit along the back wall and small groups can take advantage of three cosy booths (which are where the original cubicles were), complete with dark blue leather benches and reclaimed lavatory door table tops. As the name suggests, plonk and meat are the speciality here (as we’re sure they also were in its former life). The small wine list is impressive and ever-changing, and locally sourced hunks of cheese and bread are presented on boards. The bartenders are just as happy to whip up a cocktail for something slightly stronger and Brixton Brewery draft beer is on tap. Anywhere which has hanging charcuterie is a winner in our eyes, too, and WC does not disappoint.
It may be pretty intimate down there, but this only adds to the atmosphere and you’ll be more likely to find small groups of chums and couples than a rowdy crowd — the upstairs outdoor seating area is the best bet for that lot.
Best Bars tip: Grab a group of friends and tell them to meet you at the tube station. Take them down the spiral staircase and nab yourself a booth, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the inevitable kudos that will ensue.
— Millie Milliken, @milliemilliken