Urine luck: spending a penny a thing of past at local lavs

Spending a penny - or 20 - will soon be a thing of the past for people using Hackney’s public toilets, with the Council set to approve plans to make all its local lavs free.

The Council operates an extensive network of 15 toilet blocks across the borough, with all those in parks currently free to use.

Now, a further seven in the borough’s town centres will be free to flush from summer this year, in an effort to widen access for families, older people and those with health conditions. 

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville

We know that access to free public toilets is one of the things that can best support people to enjoy our town centres.

That’s why we’ve announced this change, which is part of our efforts to build a fairer Hackney for everyone and support them during the cost of living crisis.

This builds on recent investment to modernise nearly all of our toilets in our parks.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville

There are eight public toilets in Hackney’s parks, at Clissold Park (x2), Hackney Downs, Haggerston Park, London Fields (x2), Millfields and Springfield Park. Seven of these have been refurbished in recent years. 

Seven on-street public toilet blocks in Stamford Hill, Ridley Road Market, Mare Street, Hoxton Market, Hackney Town Hall, Dalston Passage and at Kingsland Waste Market will become free to use from later this year. All on-street toilet blocks are open 7am-7pm, except for Dalston Passage and Kingsland Waste Market, which are open 24 hours a day. 

Check the locations of Hackney’s public toilets on a map of facilities in the borough.