Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Loo with a View; Former Public Convenience for Sale: [Pound]60,000, Riverside Location ... and No Chain

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Loo with a View; Former Public Convenience for Sale: [Pound]60,000, Riverside Location ... and No Chain

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Byline: NIGEL ROSSER

OPENING onto the River Thames at Putney, this is the loo with a view that is currently one of the most sought-after properties in London.

With an asking price of around [pound]60,000, the 35-square-metre former gentlemen's convenience has attracted many of London's more daring property entrepreneurs in the few days it has been on sale.

The subterranean, riverside lavatory, built at the turn of the century, has attracted more than 60 enquiries since being put on the market earlier this month. Plans for the disused lavatory, which has permission for change of use from Wandsworth council, have so far included turning it into an office, a recording studio, a cafe and even a scuba diving equipment store.

Which is odd really. Because, by any normal reckoning, the loo really is not even up to bog-standard.

For a start you can see pedestrians walking along the Lower Richmond Road through the glass skylights above, a view which even the most hardcore voyeur would eventually tire of. Then there is the rumble of the number 74 bus overhead, for much of the [pound]60,000 property lies under the street.

Inside it is about as damp as a public convenience 10 feet from the Thames could be.

The area - undeniably affording fantastic views of the start of Saturday's Oxford v Cambridge boat race - is also known for its flooding, as many innocent spectators have found over the years as they return from their revels to find the cars they parked on the embankment so carefully six hours earlier under two feet of water. Already at least one For Sale sign has been spotted floating downriver.

Then there are the remnants of the fires lit around the floor by its last known occupant, Billy, a Thames-side tramp who squatted in the property for six months before packing his bags and moving out, shaking his head at the curious vicissitudes of the London property market, a few weeks ago. …

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