[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 20 May, 2005, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
VIP reception for high-tech loos
Men in toilets
VIP reception for new public toilets under Oxford Circus
VIPs have been celebrating the opening of high-tech toilets in central London.

Guests enjoyed a champagne reception under Oxford Circus, as a four-piece orchestra played.

The free facilities re-opened on Friday after a two-year 300,000 refit, during which CCTV, damage resistant surfaces and unbreakable lights were fitted.

Guests included members of Westminster council, the British Toilet Association, the Visit London tourist board, and business associations.

Latest technology

The cubicle doors are high off the floor and low at the top to deter drug-takers.

The toilets also provide full-time attendants and surfaces are graffiti-proof and scratch-proof.

CCTV cameras cover the main floor of the lavatories and the lights, based on prison designs, are unbreakable.

'Splendid loos'

Alan Bradley, cabinet member for Environment and Leisure at Westminster City Council, welcomed the new toilets.

He said: "I hope you will agree that this is a splendid, clean, well-equipped public convenience."

It is the latest new toilet to open in central London at a time when the number of public toilets across the UK has fallen by a third in five years.

Public toilets 'going down pan'
09 Oct 04 |  London
Anger over public loos shortage
11 Sep 04 |  Politics Show

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific