London-South West London
May 11, 2018
Stop sniggering at the back. WC – the initials stand for Wine and Charcuterie – is indeed housed in a former water closet, a century-old public convenience next to Clapham Common tube no less, but it’s been carefully and sympathetically renovated. The small subterranean space has been turned into a smart, contemporary wine bar, with a wealth of historical features, including original Victorian blue and white tiles and wood panels, the old porter’s office still intact. A small counter takes up one corner, laden with jars, bottles and various meaty treats, while a series of semi-circular curtained booths lines one of the walls. There’s a well thought-out wine list, with a good choice by the glass and carafe, as well as a range of meat and cheese platters; a few other bar snacks are available along with a series of salads, and there are plans to expand the menu when the venue’s bedded in. While it’s fascinating from a historical point of view, what with old graffiti still etched in the woodwork, you can’t quite escape the fact that you’re drinking in a former privy, albeit it a very stylish one. If you find it a bit oppressive there’s outdoor seating on warmer nights.