In Peter Marshall’s second collection of photographs capturing the cafes of London between 1980 and 1990, we are transported back to a time before chain coffee shops dominated the high street. Mo’s, Maggie’s, Ivy’s, Pegy’s and more, these cafes offered a glimpse into a simpler era, prior to the plethora of styles and flavors available today. Continue reading »
With his series entitled Red Lights, the French photographer Blaise Arnold decided to document the red lights of Parisian cafes through dark and haunting photographs. Blaise Arnold captures unadorned the storefronts of cafes in Paris, Saint-Denis or Nanterre, illuminating the deserted streets like beacons in the night. Continue reading »
A trip to the toilet is usually not associated with sandwiches, wine, or dates, but that’s changing in London. With real estate at a premium and the repurposing of old spaces in full effect, a trend has emerged: former public restrooms are reopening as cafés, restaurants, and boutiques. That’s right, forget the advice about not eating where people used to, um …
London has all kinds of history, and that extends to its loos. Take, for instance, WC – that’s the actual name of the former Victorian-era underground-station toilet in South London that opened in July. It now stands for wine and charcuterie.
WC, a wine bar that opened in July, is housed inside an abandoned underground toilet, with original walls intact. Much of the old décor remains, with the original floor mosaics and wall tiles, and even some of the old toilets in the restrooms (those are for display only). As Time Out London said in its review, “Down the wide stairs it still looks and feels like a Victorian convenience, albeit a sanitised one.”
WC co-founder Jayke Mangion, told AFP that “the government has been pushing the councils to use all empty places to generate revenues.”
If you want an even bolder toilet theme, just head to The Attendant in central London, where you can sit on a stool and have a salt- beef bagel while actually facing an original 1890s urinal. The toilet cisterns have been turned into flower pots.
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