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.

 
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 men and women. Very handy.

 
Amano Restaurant
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.


Brixton Academy
 
In the upstairs venue 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.

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.

Manchester

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 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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