Five of the Best: Converted Loos in London

One of London’s hottest restaurant openings this year

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Given the success of Story, even in its first few weeks, ELLE checks out more loo conversions in the capital.

Restaurant Story

The opening of Tom Sellers’ first restaurant has London - the ELLE team included - more than a little bit excited. And it appears this excitement will only continue to grow, as we’ll have to eat more than a few dinners elsewhere before we get to the top of the waiting list. Until our turn comes, we’ll be dreaming about how good the now famous bread and candle dripping is going to be.

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201 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2UE.

Enq: 020 7183 2117, restaurantstory.co.uk

The Attendant

This beautifully renovated, warm and homely subterranean den on Foley Street, serves delicious food and coffee by Kings Cross brewers Caravan. See ELLEuk's review here.

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Downstairs, 27a Foley Street, London, W1W 6DY.

Enq: 020 7637 3794, the-attendant.com

Cellar Door, Alydwich

In a space barely big enough to swing a cat, there are plenty of swinging tassels to be found, as this micro club venue hosts regular burlesque nights and serves up spectacular cocktails, as well as various kinds of snuff - so choose your poison. In honour of its previous life as one of the most infamous toilets in theatreland (claiming Oscar Wilde as a regular visitor), Cellar Door pays homage with the sexiest loos in Soho.

Zero Aldwych, London, WC2E 7DN.

Enq: 020 7240 8848, cellardoor.biz/cellardoor.htm

Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green

In an old WC originally built to serve the spectators of the 1908 Olympics, Ginglik has been lovingly restored as a members’ club with regular live music, comedy, club nights, cabaret and art exhibitions. With comedians such as Micky Flanagan, Michael McIntyre and Jimmy Carr, and music from the likes of Jamie T, Paolo Nutini and Paloma Faith, this little bunker's got a lot going on.

1 Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8PH,

Enq: 020 7348 8968, ginglik.co.uk

Walham Green Loos Italian Ice Cream Parlour

Although not yet in existence, these soon-to-be-converted toilets have been auctioned and sold for £585,000, and planning permission granted for a cafe/restaurant with roof terrace. Owner Luciano Lo Dico has been serving up authentic Italian gelati in London since 1973 and thinks the spot will be 'perfect for eating ice-cream and watching the world go by.'

To be located at the junction of Vanston Place, Walham Grove and North End Road

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