An underground toilet in central London that was a well-known spot for men to meet for casual sex is now up for sale as locals suggest it becomes an “ice cream shop or cafe”.
The public toilet on Broadwick Street in Soho is said to have been one of the most popular shack spots in the country, according to emails exchanged between Met residents and police.
Dating to the Victorian era when public toilets were built of brick and tile, Cottage refers to anonymous gay men having sex in public toilets.
A Met Police email, seen by the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service, said: “Broadwick Street toilets have been listed as the best cottage spots in Britain.
The public toilet on Broadwick Street in Soho (pictured) is said to have been one of the most popular shack spots in the country
The underground toilets remain locked after becoming a regular sex gathering during lockdown when social distancing was strictly enforced
“It’s all happening right in front of urinals with no attempt to hide the behavior from anyone who wants to use the toilets.”
The email also said the force received regular calls about it.
The underground toilets remain locked after becoming a regular meeting place for sex during lockdown when social distancing was strictly enforced, My London reported.
The facilities are currently closed, but locals say the space could be converted into an “ice cream shop or cafe”.
Westminster City Council has put the toilet up for sale, but the Soho Society has called the plans “ridiculous”.
The Soho Society, a group for people connected to Soho, has been calling for more public amenities in the area for 15 years.
John Lennon disguised himself as a public toilet inspector near Berwick Street in Soho, London in 1966
Soho Society chairman Tim Lord told BBC News: “It will be ridiculous to close the public toilets in Soho.
“I’ve had reports of people urinating on front doors and having to wash their doors.”
He said anti-social behavior had taken place in the toilets during the lockdown.
Mr Lord also claimed the council spends £950,000 a year to clean up those who urinate in the streets.
Westminster City Council also recently launched a campaign to stop people using the loo in public by painting Soho splash back paint.
Anyone who tries to relieve themselves will be splashed back with their liquid.
They are focused on punishing people who get caught and the council is spending £20,000 on toilets in Soho to keep them clean, according to the Soho Society.
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