We all need to know where the best loos are in central London whether we're visiting or local. London train stations
stations) all have toilets but are not usually free.
These public toilets have been chosen for their close location to major London attractions. (Remember, all museums and galleries have free loos too.)
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The London Eye Ticket Hall is in County Hall
and there are free toilets downstairs. I didn't find them particularly clean last time I was there but they do have those fun Dyson hand dryers
. I've always found the disabled toilets on the ground floor to be pretty clean.
A few steps further along the South Bank brings you to Southbank Centre which was refurbished and reopened in 2007. Head into the Royal Festival Hall
as there are loads of toilets in there and they are always clean. There's also a great cafe and bar in there, as well as all the restaurants outside.
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Public toilets are situated on the west side of Trafalgar Square
at the base of the central staircase. From the north terrace (raised area in front of the National Gallery
) the toilets and the cafe can be accessed by lift, or you can walk around the side of the square.
Opening Times: daily 8am - 8pm.
Baby care facilities available.
Of course, you could always go in the National Gallery
and use their free facilities instead.
24 hour facility run by Westminster Council. In the piazza, next to St. Paul's Church
where all the street entertainers perform. Facilities are downstairs, so no disabled access, but they are staffed so are safe and clean.
Opening Times: 24 hours.
Staffed facilities with a baby care room.
A lot of central London is in the Westminster borough so they have 55 council-run toilet facilities across the city, including 12 temporary units placed out in the West End every Friday and Saturday night. 27 public conveniences are staffed which means public toilets are well-maintained. Westminster council tells me 15 million people visit their toilets each year – that's equivalent to three times the population of Scotland!
See useful links below.
I'm not going to recommend you stop for lunch but I can say McDonalds in London usually have clean public toilets. As long as you don't get in the way of paying customers I don't think it offends them if you to nip in and use the facilities. Even if there is a sign stating 'Toilets for Customers Only' you can normally still get away with it.
I made good use of their facilities when my daughter was still in diapers (nappies) as their baby care/disabled toilets are usually locked so are even cleaner. The staff always unlocked the door for me and were always courteous.