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Once a Victorian Gentleman's lavatory, ArtsLav is now a thriving arts hub in a listed and semi-restored Kennington landmark. Original features include marble urinals, glass water tank, mosaic floor, ventilator shaft and horse trough.



180 Kennington Lane SE11 4UZ

Sat/Sun 10am-5pm. Last entry 4.45pm.


Elephant & Castle

3, 59, 159, 196, 360

  • Toilets available

ARTSLAV History and background:ArtsLav is an arts venue located atÿKennington CrossÿinÿKennington,ÿLondon, U.K. It started life as an undergroundÿVictorianÿGentlemen’s publicÿlavatory. It is now a listed and restored Kennington landmark used as a community arts facility Artslav. Engineered by B. Finch and Co. in 1898. It went out of commission in 1988 during a period of public convenience closures inÿLambeth. Original features include: marble urinals, three cubicles, glass water tank, a mosaic floor from the sixties, attendant’s booth, ventilator shaft and horse trough.In 2001 Lambeth Council described it as containing the following features of architectural and historical interest:_A fine stone cattle trough erected by the Metropolitan Drinking Trough Association in the 19th century (c.1880) – supported on four sturdy stone pillars. (An) Elegant black painted cast iron railings enclosing the stairway down to the former public lavatory beneath. An imposing ventilation pipe over 6 meters in height – also of cast iron, mounted on a substantial black painted metal plinth._ (Edmund Bird – Borough Conservation Officer, Lambeth, 12 May 2001) It received listing as a Grade II by the Borough of Lambeth in 4 October 2001. It was featured onÿDisappearing Londonÿin January 2006, anÿITVÿprogramme that highlighted endangered London landmarks.After campaigning, led by Celia Stothard a local resident, and extensive fundraising fundamental repairs were carried our with electricity and water being re-installed in 2013.Since 2013 it has functioned as a local community arts centre and a base for community employment projects. ArtsLav is a thriving arts hub run by and for the local community. ArtsLav offers a wide ranging and inclusive programme of arts and cultural activities.ÿ