Paruresis Friendly Venues

Public venues

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 
* Large anonymous shopping centres 
* Airports 

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 have a cafe or 2 and shops nearby.

AP friendly venues

We would like to develop this section as a useful resource. Please email your 'friendly' venues to us, and include the following:

  1. venue region
  2. venue type (e.g. pub, cinema, gallery etc.)
  3. venue name
  4. venue address
  5. venue website, if available
  6. your comments on the venue

London

The Crobar
17 Manette Street, Soho, London W1D 4AS
Rock bar, no urinals only 2 cubicles. May have to queue.

Scooterworks Cafe
132 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE (Behind Waterloo Station)
Retro bar/cafe, one cubicle.

The Natural Kitchen
This is a good quality "healthy" restaurant on the mezzanine level at London's  Waterloo Station.
Toilets are cubicles only, with no urinals. 

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 
Not that great a pub but no urinals.


Zizzi restaurant
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.

Brixton Academy
In the upstairs venue there are 4 closed cubicles on the left as you walk in before reaching the urinals or sinks.

Royal Albert Hall
4 single occupancy unisex loos on the ground floor (level 0) near the cafe. Some queuing at busy times.

 

Home counties

Zizzi's Italian Restaurant
in Camberley
Single rooms. They also have branches in Guildford, Henley and Chiswick – these may be the same but have not been checked.

Hampshire 

The Pig
High class hotel in Beaulieu Road Brockenhurst SO42 7QL
The gents toilet has cubicles only, no urinals

Fairweathers garden centre (Steff’s kitchen)
Good quality restaurant in High Street, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, SO42 7YB
The gents toilet has cubicles only, no urinals

Carluccio's Restaurant
West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton SO15 1QF
Like many upmarket Italian chain restaurants this gents toilet has cubicles only, no urinals.

Brighton Centre
The main gents in the lobby has 10 cubicles in a separate recess to the urinal area. No queues even when the venue is full to capacity with drinkers. There is also at least one single occupency "gender neutral" loo.

Southend Cliffs Pavilion
The gents on the lower level has 4 cubicles and is less busy than the gents adjacent to the auditorium, which has 2 cubicles.

Cambridge Corn Exchange
3 cubicles in both gents, plus a single occupancy unisex loo on the way to the cloakroom just past the upstairs gents.

Manchester and the north


Blackpool Winter Gardens
Large "communal toilet" (i.e. unisex) with up to 20 cubicles situated under the main concourse, in addition to the standard gents around the complex.

The Waterhouse (Wetherspoon)
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 but the rest is now one open room with urinals (no screens) on 2 walls, and basins on the third wall. Now a stark and functional layout. Why on earth did they spend money to go backwards?

National

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.

Motorway Services

Many people with paruresis say that they find motorway service stations quite paruresis-friendly. They are usually quite busy, and therefore noisy, with people focussed on using the facilities and getting back on with their journey. Even if there are queues, there are often a lot of cubicles so the queue moves quickly and no-one notices who is in which cubicle. 

Fleet Services southbound have newly refurbished toilets (as at October 2018). The gents has the usual bank of urinals, but every alternate one is situated in its own recessed alcove affording a good deal of privacy.

Leicester Forest East southbound is similar and very user-friendly.

 







 





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