New lease of life for Bruce Grove Toilets

The iconic public conveniences in Bruce Grove are set to be brought back to life thanks to funding from Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund Programme, and Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme.

The restoration, which has been given planning permission, will see the toilets brought back to use as a community cafe, a publicly accessible toilet, pioneering a new Community Wealth Building Lease and make commercial use of the newly extended building.

Working closely with the council, local campaign group The Last Elm and heritage consultant Rob Bevan, the project team have worked to capture and protect the significance of the small building, both above and below ground, to ensure it comes off the Historic England ‘at risk’ register.

The toilet was first constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century, but has deteriorated in last few decades since it closed its doors in the 1980s.

The design has been carried out by architects at DK-CM and include the ground floor being extended with a new garden room to the rear. The renovation of the new cafe will be funded by Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund and Historic England’s ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone’ funding.

Works have commenced on site and are expected to conclude in Autumn 2022.

Could you run the new cafe? Expressions of interest now closed

Thank you to all applications who submitted an Expression of Interest in April. We are assessing the forms submitted and will notify applicants directly on shortlisting's in due course. Please follow the below advertisement for more information on the process undertaken.

Haringey Council is seeking proposals from prospective tenants interested in bringing the iconic Grade II Listed Bruce Grove Public Conveniences back to life by leasing the building as a café. Total floorspace is 105.5m2.

The lease presents an exciting opportunity to run a business in the newly refurbished landmark in the heart of Bruce Grove, less than 1 minute walk from the station, contributing to the local economy and making a positive impact in the community. 

We are keen to hear from creative and ambitious organisations who have the passion, track record and entrepreneurial skills to make this happen. We welcome all expressions of interest but particularly encourage applications who are independent businesses, ideally from the local area.

Prospective applicants should complete an:

Expression of Interest Form and submit by 11:59pm on 24 April 2022 to

If you would like to discuss your ideas or need any further information, please contact Olivia Halper at the above address.

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The High Road Strategy

The Tottenham High Road Strategy sets out our long-term plans to improve Bruce Grove and Tottenham High Road. Bringing the former Bruce Grove toilets back to life are a key part of this. 


Already completed High Road improvement projects include the popular transformation of Holcombe Road Market, revamped shop fronts along the High Road and improved alleyways in Bruce Grove.