Tourists and shoppers caught short are in shock at having to pay £1 to spend a penny in London.The 2thloo toilets in Covent Garden cost £1 and visitors to the capital have taken to social media complaining how using the loo costs so much.At least 1,782 public toilets have closed across the UK in the last decade forcing more shoppers into privately owned toilets.Reviewing the £1 toilets on Google Frank Naseby said: ‘Absolutely disgusted that you have to pay £1 for the toilet in Covent Garden.
‘Had been for lunch and needed to spend a penny. Sent to these toilet as none at the restaurant. Queued and paid £1, sticky floor and no hand towels.’
‘I am disgusted that this is what we offer our tourists.’
On Twitter Conor Durant said: ‘£1 to use the toilet in Covent Garden. What do they do wipe your f***ng arse for you?’
Darren Shea added: ‘£1 to use public toilet in Covent Garden!! Luckily I had champagne last night.’
However, the Covent Garden lavatory is not just any lavatory it is a 2theloo ‘concept toilet’ that aims to be a ‘better than ahome experience’.
The 2theloo website boasts: ‘Our restrooms are cleaned after every use, designed, spacious, soundproof and non-touch.
‘Our restroom concept is “together we are working on one amazing concept that is changing the way the world looks at public toilets”.‘
The Dutch company currently has 200 establishments in 14 different countries but the Covent Garden toilet is its only outlet in England.
Customers can redeem the £1 receipt at the toilet’s shop. The company told Metro.co.uk that there is a Westminster Council toilet in Covent Garden which is cheaper (50p).
In the last ten years paying for a pee has become commonplace in train stations across the country with the revenue now becoming an important income for Network Rail.
Data revealed Victoria train station toilets, whch cost 50p brings in £2.3 million per year and Euston’s toilets (30p) generate £1.8 million.