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Cocktail bar due to open in converted public toilets

Crossroads opens this week following soft launch

04 August, 2020

A NEW cocktail bar is set to open this week after the conversion of disused underground toilets in Camden Town.

Crossroads, underneath the railway bridge close to Camden Road overground station, is the sister venue to the successful Ladies And Gentlemen bar in Kentish Town, which also turned around former public conveniences.

It is being run by husband and wife team Bart and Monika Miedeksza and is due to open to the public at 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

Camden Council had agreed to let the vacant toilets with the warning that they had been closed for a long passage of time and had fallen into disrepair. Public toilets remain in operation at Britannia Junction.

The bar said it would be a place “where people from various paths of life meet”, adding: “We laugh, we listen, we stir up tasty things to drink. We’re storytellers who love to share a good dram or a glass of wine.”

The new bar will open to the public this week

The conversion follows a long line of subterranean toilets which have been re-purposed. A music studio operates inside former toilets in Kentish Town Road, having also been a nail bar in the past. In Fitzrovia, a coffee shop operates from ex-loos, while a noodle restaurant is on the cards for a site near Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Rocksteady Bars, headed by vodka expert Will Borrell, faced noise objections when it opened Ladies And Gentlemen in 2014, but the bar has since become a hit.

Acerbic restaurant reviewer Giles Coren wrote a stinging column attacking the “Nimbys” who had tried to stop it opening – he said they were “determined to keep London shitty” – while his wife, the writer Esther Walker, said Mr Borrell had added “a great deal to the renaissance of Kentish Town”.

 

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