Non-theme restaurants, restaurants are in ancient baths!

One of the most anticipated openings of London in 2013 was the Story, the new restaurant from Tom Sellers, who opened the first week of April.

The abundant and creative offer of the Story includes a menu in 10 times that includes dishes like Roasted Onion, Apple, Geneva and thyme; Crab with smoked pore, canola, pear and wild parsley; Pan Lamb with yoghurt and milk sheep and wild garlic, and cheek of beef with cauliflower and black beer yeast.

During his career, Sellers, for 26 years, has worked in restaurants French Laundry and Per Se in the United States (Thomas Keller restaurants awarded Michelin stars) and spent a season in which for some is the best restaurant in the world: Noma, in Copenhagen. The new project of Sellers not only draws attention to the chef culinary pedigree, but because his new restaurant is located in an old section of bathrooms.

Sellers is not the only one who has chosen a strange location. The story of the Story follows other recent opening, that of The Attendant, a subterranean Cafe in London which occupies a former Victorian bathroom which was built around the Decade of 1890.

In contrast to the Story, The Attendant retained many of its restored features at the time.

“We keep everything, even the door of original teak of the Office, which we develop in our small kitchen (…) On the wall there is still a dryer from the hands of the 1950s. “The floors, the walls and the urinals manufactured by Doulton & Paisley in 1890 at his factory in Lambeth on the banks of the River Thames, everything is original”, says the owner of the Attendant, Peter Tomlinson.


To add on two wooden panels, each urinal was transformed into a cubicle to sit.

In regards to Tomlinson, “it is not different to an espresso bar or a restaurant in the middle of a department store that does not have natural light”.

They can rest assured, the site was cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.


Recently sold at auction a third London public toilet; It has permission to convert it into a restaurant with a terrace on the roof. Walham Green in Fulham bathrooms are down and reconstructed, which will leave few traces of his old life.

They are not only in London

London is not the only place where the baths are being used to put trendy restaurants.

On the coast East of England, the Toulouse in Westcliff-on-Sea restaurant is located in a former public bath with ocean view.

In the Western countryside, the initiative community Sea Mills in Bristol built a cafeteria by the community in a bath out of use.


Even the players are participating in the action. The former Rangers, Jörg Albertz, is supporting a project that is planned to build a restaurant that was the site of some baths in Glasgow.

Restaurants aren’t the only use that can be remodeled restrooms. In fact, the remodeling of the bathrooms out of use began with bars.

In East London, in the trendy Shoreditch area, the night club Public Life was located in a former bath until it closed early last year. The Cellar Door in the Centre of London is a popular lounge and underground cabaret. Ginglik, in West London, was built inside a bathroom that was originally created for the Olympic Games of 1908.

The business behind business

Then, what is behind the bathrooms transformed into restaurants boom? The price is an essential factor.


Many public baths were out of service or deteriorated and were forgotten. With the high cost of the properties and the availability of spaces, disused public toilets have become a good root of first level.

Peter Frankum, director of urban design for the House of Savills property development, seen in regeneration the perfect solution.

“The local authorities have been trying to deal with the demands of the budget reduction and the regeneration of urban areas”, says Frankum. “The use and transform the buildings which require much maintenance and are badly exploited so that they comply with most profitable and beneficial functions is a way of reducing costs and improving local areas”.

Frankum also noted that changes in local regulations have facilitated the implementation of urban regeneration in the old public spaces.

That’s good news for the restauranteros young as Tom Sellers and for Diners does not affect those who visits to restaurants to have a bit of history.