Bruce Grove Public Toilets

A new lease of life

The iconic public toilets in Bruce Grove are set to be brought back to life thanks to funding from Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth funding programme, and Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme.

The restoration, which has been given planning permission, will see the toilets brought back to use as a community cafe and a publicly accessible toilet, pioneering a new Community Wealth Building Lease and make commercial use of the newly extended building.

Working closely with the council, local campaign group The Last Elm and heritage consultant Rob Bevan, the project team have worked to capture and protect the significance of the small building, both above and below ground, to ensure it comes off the Historic England ‘at risk’ register.

The toilet was first constructed at the beginning of the 20th century but has deteriorated in the last few decades since it closed its doors in the 1980s.

The design has been carried out by architects at DK-CM and includes an extension to the ground floor with a new garden room to the rear. 

Illustration of the renovated Bruce Grove public toilet

Current status of works and cafe operator

Due to the complexities surrounding the condition of the building and overall costs, we have had some slight delays to the works being carried out. We are aiming to complete the refurbishment in late summer 2023.

In parallel, we are progressing with the selection process for a local, socially-minded business to run the café once construction is complete.

If you have any questions on the project, please contact the placemaking team at

Keep up to date

Visit our commonplace website (external link) which has information on designs, current plans and building works to keep up to date.

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Page last updated:

May 19, 2023