There are a number of well designed AP friendly public venues across the UK (and elsewhere) - but AP sufferers tend to avoid all public toilets, not realising that some are much better than others. These can have a lot more space and choice than you might have expected and are often found in the newer , larger public locations like:
* Motorway Service Stations (e.g. M1 Junction 15a Northampton)
* Shopping Centres (e.g. birmingham Bull ring, Milton keynes The Centre, Manchester Arndale)
*Airports (e.g. Luton Arrival/Departure, London Heathrow Arrival/Departure)
It is worth visiting facilites like these (without the need to use them) in order to get familiar with the layout, options, busy times, etc. Thay can also be useful for desensing (either alone or with a buddy as they will usually cafe or two and shops nearby).
ap friendly venues
We would like to develop this section as a useful resource. Please your 'friendly' venues to us, and include the following:
- venue region
- venue type (e.g. pub, cinema, gallery etc.)
- venue name
- venue address
- venue website, if available
- your comments on the venue
17 Manette Street, Soho, London W1D 4AS
Rock bar, no urinals only 2 cubicles. May have to queue.
132 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE (Behind Waterloo Station)
Retro bar/cafe, one cubicle.
Rose and Crown
47 Colombo Street London SE1 8DP (Just off Blackfriars Road on South Bank)
Pub, has urinals but the cubicle area is adjacent and separated by a door and has its own entrance. So if you situate yourself at that end of the bar you can go to the toilets and nip in to the cubicle.
The Music Bar
144 Brixton Hill Place London, Greater London SW2 1SD (On Brixton Hill (incidentally just up from Negril, a superb laid back Caribbean restaurant)
Not that great a pub but no urinals.
Level 2, O2 Centre (not the O2 Arena) Finchley Road, London. 020 7433 8259
Single rooms with pan and wash basin. Probably all Zizzi are like this.
Euston Tap and the Cider Tap
190 Euston Road, London, NW1 2EF
Single male cubicle, no urinals.
The Baltic Restaurant
74 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8HA
It is quite a swanky bar and restaurant, and has all individual toilets with own basins, for blokes and girls. Very handy.
Victor Wharf, Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG (near London Bridge).
No urinals: all unisex solid private cubicles.
Porters English Restaurant
16/17, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8QH.
The toilets are two solid built cubicles (all the way to the floor and ceiling with full length doors) and only one urinal discretely positioned and fully
shrouded.The toilets are never busy either!
Italian Restaurant Prezzo
in Shepherd's Bush Green. Tel: 020 8743 9964
It is in the mall on the first floor. No urinals : instead, half a dozen individual closed cubicles with full length doors. There are two others in this chain in London but so far no reports on whether they are the same. Tube Shepherd's Bush.
Upstairs at the Brixton Academy venue where there are 4 closed cubicles on the left as you walk in before reaching the urinals or sinks.
J. D. Wetherspoon's : The Printworks
113/117 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3HJ.
See under National for more details about Wetherspoon's.
Zizzi's Italian Restaurant
Single rooms. They also have branches in Guildford, Henley and Chiswick – these may be the same but have not been checked.
Waterhouse (Public house)
67 Princess Street, Manchester, M2 4EG
Sadly this entry should no longer be here; the layout was: well spaced urinals with frosted glass screens from floor to shoulder height. All but one basin out of site of urinals. Fully enclosed cubicles. A sophisticated design.
However it has been "refurbished". The cubicles are unchanged; however the rest is now one open room with urinals (no screens) on two wall, and basins on the third wall. Now a stark and functional layout. Why on earth did they spend money to go backwards?
The J D Wetherspoon chain of pubs. The chain's policy is to have deep urinal dividers in all toilets. Sampling has shown that cubicles have no gaps in the walls and only minimal ones under the doors. Some even put urinals out of sight of wash basins.
The website www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk has details of their toilets. Select the "Groovy Loos " link on their "Our Pubs" page.