London is a little mad. London also seems to have a ‘thing’ about the loos. Not only was the flush toilet invented in the English capital, but London features The Attendant where you can buy your coffee in a former loo, the V&A Museum Loos built for Queen Victoria, and the Marble Urinals in the Weslyn Chapel, rumoured to be London’s oldest Gent’s loos. This doesn’t even mention the Art Loo in St Mary’s churchyard in Soho or the stunning toilet tiles in the Paddington Street Gardens, not far from Baker Street.
Let me assure you, no one I know frequents establishments for the quality of their loos (a notable exception might be the restaurant Sketch, they are so notoriously interesting) but it is fun when the owners use them as a unique opportunity to show a classic British sense of humour.
Enter stage left the recently refurbished Gents loos (EDIT: And now the Ladies, gender equality in action!) at Marylebone Station.
On a trip out of the capital (slaking a touch of Donkey on the Edge Syndrome) recently, the intrepid Mr Kiwi reported his find, and offered to share the awesome artwork that us ladies are unable to enjoy, while zooming through the station that acts as the London gateway to the Chiltern Hills.
At 30p a time, it’s getting more and more expensive to spend a penny, but I wholeheartedly love these.
And at least it’s not £200 and you don’t have to pass go.
Did you know (according to Wikipedia);
In 1936, Parker Brothers began licensing the game for sale outside of the United States. In 1941, the British Secret Intelligence Service had John Waddington Ltd., the licensed manufacturer of the game in the United Kingdom, create a special edition for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by Secret Service-created fake charity groups
I think the traditional game is best played at home with great friends, and homemade Mojitos. Funnily enough, it’s also a London pub crawl; one firmly on the 2014 to do list. We’ll be genteel though, and spread it out over a full weekend at least.
So, at last we have recognition of Marylebone’s prominence in the world’s most famous board game. Still missing though is recognition of the station’s place in Beatle history – with the Fab Four appearing here at the beginning of A Hard Day’s Night… one day, one day.
Who’d have thought a train station could have such fascinating connections? (Apologies for the pun).
What’s your favourite board game – or loo for that matter?!?