A disused public toilet in Tottenham is being converted into a new pub, and is due to open in a few weeks time.


Located in the Tottenham Green Conservation Area, the former public toilet at the junction of Tottenham High Road and Monument Way is, despite its disused status, a local landmark in Tottenham.

After being vacant for a number of years, the building has been renovated by Haringey Council. The project has been part funded by the Mayor of London’s Growth on the High Road project, which aims to improve Tottenham High Road and make it a more attractive place to shop, meet and socialise.

The new pub, called The High Cross takes its name from the historic monument close by – marking the centre of what was Tottenham village in the 17th Century – and aims to maintain much of the toilet’s original features from the 1920s.

Co-founder, Chris Johnson said that they’re keeping the ‘Ladies’ and ‘Gentlemen’ signs outside and will light them up at night, while inside they’ve kept a lot of the original tiles as well as the original dividing walls.

Alex & Chris at The High Cross

“To turn this site into something completely different from what it was before is very exciting,” said the other co-founder, Alex who will be working in the bar. “Our background is in public houses so we’ll be serving local beers as well as coffees and teas and soft drinks and they will all be reasonably priced in our ‘micro pub’”.

The High Cross will be open for business in the next few weeks.


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  1. nicky says:


  2. Doug says:

    Can’t wait to go!

  3. Heidi says:

    Why don’t you make new homes why put another dirty pub I just don’t understand

    • Imizadi says:

      .ore new homes? The Country is over run with more new homes. What was once a gorgeous Country is now over built, with far too many cheaply built homes that look awful. W

    • Simon says:

      I’m sure the new owners of The High Cross would suggest that they aim to keep it spotless! Hurray for this new micro boozer.

    • Stephen says:

      So homes are the only valid building typology?! I suppose you’ve never had the need or desire to go into any other type of building (shop, office, restaurant, PUB!)? And who said they wouldn’t clean it?! Lighten up.

    • david says:

      Most of the traditional old pubs have already been turned into hutches. These boys turned around an eyesore that was derelict for years and turned into a fab and popular place……And you’re complaining ?

  4. Patricia Wilson says:

    This is brilliant, I lived in High Cross Road until 1957 and remember when these were operational. So pleased they have not been demolished.

  5. vsnessa says:

    can’t believe it’s going to open up as a pub…

  6. Miss aysen nafi says:

    I went to high cross girls school 1976 to 1982 I slways saw a homeless man sittingbin thise toilets gor warmth dnd shelter oncebhe died the council put s bench by the entrance in his memory i wonder will that still be thee

  7. Killian Kebbie says:

    My name is Killian.M.K Kebbie. In 1984,I was using the Tottenham Library opposite this toilet quite a lot. Every time I felt like using the gent’s, I just popped out, to use this toilet. It was such a pleasant convenience and now to be a pub? The Library has also been converted into flats. Those were great days for me. I’m still in Tottenham, I’ll watch to see what it’s going to be like.

  8. Paddy says:

    Theres plenty of pubs/toilets here its a shite hole.

  9. Pip says:

    I’ve lived in Tottenham all my life and was born in High cross road. I think it’s a great idea and can’t wait for it to open

  10. Desperately weak bladder says:

    Shame they couldn’t reopen it as a toilet! There is a desperate need for public toilets, a basic need for everyone yet they close more and more, why?

  11. Sarah says:

    Great idea, hope it goes well, I will visit, there’s not many places around to get a decent Sunday roast, hopefully can get one here.

  12. Julian B says:

    Looking forward to next season back at The Lane, what with a microbrewery allegedly coming to the new ground plus a new micropub, Tottenham is most definitely on the up.

  13. Mick says:

    Fantastic news! There is a massive shortage of decent pubs in the area. Fingers crossed that they will be keeping it local and supporting the Beavertown and Tottenham breweries down the road.

  14. Ersin Ramiz says:

    I’m busting!

    Good Luck

  15. I can’t wait for this!! There needed to be a pub a little closer to Seven Sisters.

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