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The Most Expensive Toilet In The World

Updated on February 8, 2013

The Most Expensive Toilet in the World

Where is the most expensive toilet in the world? This question does not refer to toilets which have been cast in gold or carved out of marble. Nor does it apply to rare appliances on which some famous derriere may have rested for a while.

Here I refer to 'pay toilets' ...those to which you are unable to enter and use without paying a fee.

The pay toilet has been part of the scene within the British Isles for as long as I an remember. I always thought the arrangement a bit unfair to the fairer sex. To stand and pee was free but to sit cost one 'p'. One old (pre-decimal) penny that is. The old £ consisted of 240 old pennies. Just about every public toilet back in the 1960s levied such a charge.

Then, in the 1970s they were mostly free for all. The last time I recollect paying one old pence to use a toilet was 1966.

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Pricey Privvy

I have travelled extensively within the UK, Turkey, parts of Europe, India, Asia and the Middle East and without a doubt the most expensive toilet that I have come across is the one in Hammersmith Broadway in London, England.

During my travels and through necessity I have used a huge number of toilets. Some are memorable for their cleanliness and beauty. I recollect floors one could eat off, carpeted floors in some cases. Some toilets you are expected to remove your footware and change into provided plastic sandles. There are latrines with bunches of fresh orchids, some with waterfalls or saucy art. Some have fantastic views. I will never forget that from the loo at the Virgin Mary's House in Turkey nor that overlooking the chocolate hills in Bohol in the Philippines.

There were the horrors too of course and one I encountered whilst travelling across India is too terrible to describe. I still gag at the thought of it. Another in China comes a close and terrifying second. Generally though Indian and Chinese toilets are good.

Hammersmith Broadway

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The Broadway Bog

During the past few years I have passed through Hammersmith a number of times. The public toilets in the Broadway have been a necessary visit at times. When I first visited the cost was twenty pence. If a toilet is going to cost anything at all then this is probably reasonable because it is in line with other pay toilets. About a year ago the price shot up to thirty pence. Apart from being an awkward amount of money as far as change is concerned but it was a 50% increase. 50%! What could possibly justify such a steep rise? Nothing had changed inside. Then in June 2010 they put the price up to fifty pence!!

I have never ever visited a WC anywhere that costs as much. It is no cleaner than the majority of free facilities, in fact many free facilities ARE cleaner.

Hammersmith Broadway is a combined transport hub come shopping centre. Here buses from the four corners of London converge as do some of the Underground lines. Thousands of people pass through here every day. Many will stop to shop or for a coffee or a coke. Unlike many places the coffee shops and burger bars here do not have toilets attached.

 

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Today's toilet charge in the Broadway is the equivalent of ten (pre-decimal) old shillings, or 120 old English pence. Since 1966 then the price of a pee (in Hammersmith at least) has gone up 12,000%!!!

Yes twelve THOUSAND percent! in 44 years. That is 272% a year. Has the price of anything anywhere risen as much as visiting a toilet in Hammersmith Broadway?

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    Peter Dickinson 

    6 years ago from South East Asia

    Thank you for the update The Blagsmith. It should be illegal to charge in my opinion. They are hardly ever clean in London in comparison to Thailand and Dubai and other places where they are free.

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    The Blagsmith 

    6 years ago from Britain

    This is the second toilet hub that I have viewed over the last few days. The other is a brief history of toilets by ar colton.

    Since you wrote this hub inevitably things change, the most expensive at the time of writing this comment is now Westminster Underground toilet and other London toilets are due to follow suit.

    This will make London the most expensive capital in every single sense.

    Voted up and interesting.

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    Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) 

    7 years ago from Boston, MA, USA

    You're right, Peter. In my hometown (Lanzhou), it's quite easy to get into toilets with no water:( To these days, I still dream about what I had to experience in my childhood...

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    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    snakebaby - Tissue needs as tissue must. I much prefer water as ameans to cleanse but sometimes that is not available either. Thanks for your comment.

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    Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) 

    7 years ago from Boston, MA, USA

    Except for the toilets inside a service area such as a restaurant, you must pay to get into all true public toilets in China, and they give you just one piece of tissue that absolutely guarantees you'll dirty your hand after. Things changed a lot after the Olympics in Beijing, so at least you'll find much cleaner toilets in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, but most them do not provide you with any tissue

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    sord87 - The toilet I slept in was on a beach in England. I once stayed in a room in Hong Kong that was so small that I had to sleep with my backpack and stand in the toilet to have a shower. Happy Days. Thank you for your comment.

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    sord87 

    8 years ago

    Peter,I never knew you had experienced sleeping in the toilet as well.Choose the gold casting and marble carved toilet in future if you have to experience it again,should be in HongKong,watch it but never been to hongkong yet.

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    starme77 - Thank you for stopping by.

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    starme77 

    8 years ago

    interesting - that's all I have to say about that :) lol

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    sord87 - In times past I have actually slept in a toilet. It was the only clean, dry and safe place I could find at the time.

    Cleaners costs and charges I can appreciate but there are limits and in the case of public city toilets these are already being paid for by taxes and rates. People should not be expected to pay again. Thanks for reading.

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    Russell-D - I wonder what Princess Margaret thought about it. She was the most down to earth of British Royals. Throne and Loo remain amongst the huge number of British slang for toilet.

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    sord87 

    8 years ago

    This is interesting Peter,even we are not used to sleep or eat in the toilet but we still require a clean and comfortable public toilet ,the cost is getting higher every time to bear the cleaners cost, etc.No matter what we still paying,even though we expect it to be free of charge.

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    Russell-D 

    8 years ago from Southern Ca.

    The lady who did the design décor for Princess Margaret's wedding told me in France last Summer, that the Princess' LOO was in actuality a ROYAL THRONE, throne being a euphism for LOO. David Russell

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    4hourmike - 76 cents at the current rate of exchange.

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    Hello, hello - That is really bad.....though I can sort of understand a higher price there. Sort of tourist attraction. Mind you the best department store toilets in Singapore are all free....and they really are beautiful loos.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    I believe at Harrods you also have to pay definitely £1 if not £2. Thank you for your hug.

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    4hourmike 

    8 years ago from Thailand

    Hi Peter, I enjoyed the hub. How much is 10 old shillings in dollars and cents?

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    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    Ingenira - I wish I had photos too. I am grateful that I can picture the views in my head. Thanks for reading.

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    Ingenira 

    8 years ago

    very interesting ! :) I wish you could post the photos of the most beautiful view from toilets you have seen in Turkey and Philipine.

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