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Gents' loos in the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, Liverpool, England.

Given my last post, you'll be forgiven for thinking that I've got an unhealthy obsession with bodily functions... and fao John Cannon, sadly I have no snaps of the loos in the Bridge Tavern, Peebles, though they are certainly worth a look!

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms is a public house at the corner of Hope Street and Hardman Street in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, and stands diagonally opposite the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. It is commonly known as The Phil. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. The public house (and presumably the public toilet) was built in about 18981900 for the brewer Robert Cain. It was designed by Walter Thomas and craftsmen from the School of Architecture and Applied Arts at University College (now the University of Liverpool). So a student project, maybe! Paul McCartney performed at the Philharmonic when he was a young musician, and during an impromptu concert in 2018, so the chances are that the great man has stood at one of these urinals!

The interior is decorated in musical themes that relate to the nearby concert hall. Two of the smaller rooms are entitled Brahms and Liszt respectively, which the Londoners amongst you will already be aware is Cockney rhyming slang for being drunk. But of particular interest to visitors is the high quality of the gentlemen's urinals, constructed in rose-coloured marble and seen here in all their Victorian glory.

Pollard and Pevsner, in "the Buildings of England", state that the Philharmonic Dining Rooms is the most richly decorated of Liverpool's Victorian public houses, that "it is of exceptional quality in national terms" and that it is one of Liverpool's "architectural gems". So are its loos.

Shutter speed: 1/50th sec
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 1250
Focal length: 24 mm

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