Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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Architectural relief

Claridge's is perhaps best known for its famous Grill. However, I'd like to use it as an example of one of London's hidden architectural treasures: the opulent Victorian and Edwardian Gent's lavatory.

Descend the stairs from the gentlemen's cloakroom into the hidden sanctum. Here we have a mosaic floor, surrounded by exquisite Edwardian tiling, and the finest examples of Staffordshire porcelain. Dark woods frame the mirrors and sinks, while wooden cabinets hide the shapely water closets. Even the seats have little touches - brass handles to help lift them. A cast concrete shoe shine rest completes the ensemble.

Perhaps not as fine as the toilets in the Princess Louise in Holborn, but an excellent example nonetheless.

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