SatLav: Find a toilet via mobile phone

If you’re in London and nature calls, you can now respond with a text message.

A new service from Westminster City Council allows mobile phone users to find the nearest public restroom. All the user has to do is text (as an aside: is “text” a verb now?) the word “toilet” to the number 80097 and he or she will receive a reply with detailed directions. It’s a bit pricey (£0.25 compared to the normal £0.01 per message), but when it’s between a back alley, your shorts, or a sweet public toilet pod, what’s twenty-five pence? It’s not like you’ll be sending messages back and forth, after all.

The service is available throughout Westminster, an area that includes such sights as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.