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With spiraling land prices turning even the darkest corners of London into potential goldmines, the city's forgotten spaces, including 19th-century public toilets, are blossoming into restaurants, cafes and boutiques.Housed in a Victorian subterranean toilet block attached to Clapham Common underground station, "WC" has kept its original mosaic floor and tiled walls and the woodwork has been fashioned into tables and intimate alcoves.Ryan De Oliveira, who runs "The Attendant" cafe, added: "To give a new life to something previously unused, it pushes the boundaries".The former financier embraced his building's history, turning the 1890s toilet cisterns into flowerpots and keeping the urinals in place.Wine bar owner Mangion said that despite the expensive refurbishments, there was still plenty of down-to-earth toilet humor with customers.
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