Number One And Two Found In ‘Britain’s Worst Bathroom’ Competition

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 21 Dec 2018 12:28
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in a bathLaurence Llewelyn-Bowen in a bathSWNS

A bathroom with brown suite and flowery floor-to-ceiling tiles has been crowned Britain’s worst place to wash.


Having a clean and modern bathroom makes life more relaxing while boosting the home’s desirability when it comes to selling.

But even the most talented estate agent would struggle to put a positive spin on these bathrooms, which are anything but suite.

Hundreds of Brits submitted photos of their bathrooms – leaving TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to plumb the depths of bathroom despair and whittle the list down to a final four.


The public then voted the brown bathroom in Norwich (pictured above) as Britain’s worst – turning their noses up at its suite, taps, badly tiled bath and overall feel of the 1970s.

Sarah Smith, a 42-year-old mum of two from Hellesdon, Norwich, moved into the house with the winning bathroom a year ago.

She said:

Many people have asked me if I feel embarrassed. No was my answer.

My brown bathroom was clearly someone’s pride and joy at some point as it’s as good as the day it was put in many years ago.

It is very dark in my bathroom and it is not a relaxing place to take a bath. I look forward to brightening it up and it looking fresh and clean all the time.

Green and brown were common themes among the finalists of the Victoria Plumbing competition, with thumbs down going to bathrooms including avocado suites, carpeted floors and bathrooms with no flooring at all.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen said:

Badly designed bathrooms are a sign of low self-esteem.

When you’re faced with a bathroom that looks absolutely repellent first thing in the morning, how are you going to face the world with a smile on your face? It’s practically impossible.

The big thing with bathroom design is to keep it practical, keep it cleanable. Anything too fussy, too frilly or too porous will end up becoming a boutique hotel for mould and germs.

Finally, floral is fine in a bathroom, but try and pick flowers that actually look like flowers rather than leftover cabbages.


Oh Lawrence, you cad, you.

The competition follows research by Victoria Plumbing which found 34 per cent of Britons would like to update their bathroom, while one-in-five admit they’re embarrassed with their current one.


The survey also revealed 61 per cent of people changed or renovated their bathroom when they moved home.

Joe Pascoe, senior marketing manager at Victoria Plumbing, said:

Our search for the nation’s worst bathroom came from wanting to communicate a simple message: that people shouldn’t keep putting up with bad design.

From exposing dated, coloured suites to wallpaper that isn’t fit for purpose, we wanted to encourage people to get their bathroom shame out there and begin the healing process.

With Christmas just around the corner, we felt that now would be the perfect time to gift the owner of Britain’s worst bathroom a much needed upgrade.


Bidet to you too, good sir.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

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