Friendships can be made in the strangest of places, and this group of women have met some of the most important people in their lives in the public bogs.
To mark National Best Friends Day on June 8, Victorian Plumbing decided to celebrate some of the people who found love in the most hopeless of places (to quote Rihanna).
Many may find temporary relief or happiness by meeting a stranger in the loo on a night out, and getting a much-needed pep talk to see them through the night, but some people have actually found their soulmates in the humble public toilet.
Some of these women have revealed their stories as to how their relationships have blossomed, and what advice they would give to others who are looking to find new friendships in strangers.
Andrea Daniel, 38, and Sofia Fernandez, 39, first met during their late teens.
Telling their story, Andrea said: "We met when we were 17 years old in our college toilets. I had just left my old college to join this new one, so I didn't have any friends yet.
"I went into the toilet and overheard this girl (Sofia) speaking to someone over the phone in Portuguese; I speak Portuguese too, which gave us something to bond over, especially being in a predominantly white school.
"After that, we continued to socialise both in and outside of school. Fast forward 22 years and two kids each later, we regularly go on family holidays together and have been present in the most important times of each other's lives. Sofia is more than my friend now.
"She is my sister. My advice to others is to be open to meeting new people because you never know the impact they will have on your life."
Meanwhile Rhea Jacobs, 26, and Tamara Abedi, 25, met in America during a holiday.
They were partying and they were wearing similar clothes at the time.
"We met in the club toilets in Miami!" Rhea said.
"I was on holiday with my friends and went to the bathroom to check on my makeup.
"Tamara walks in behind me as I'm fixing my makeup, wearing the same print and colours as me (which is normally a recipe for disaster).
"We looked at each other, laughed and complimented one another's outfits; as we did that, we realised we both had London accents.
"We talked and realised we actually live 30 minutes away from each other in London!
"After that, before we returned to London, we all partied together.
"Once we got back to London, we arranged to meet up and have been meeting up ever since.
"The moral of the story is sometimes wearing a similar outfit to someone on holiday is a good thing."
Fariha Choudhury, 25, also met Aminata Kanda, 28, in the loos.
Fariha said: "I was in the toilet with my friend and Aminata stopped us and asked if we were models (I wish!).
"She was really sweet and made a typical ‘meeting in the girls’ toilets’ conversation.
"She then asked if I’d like to model in her clothes, so I gave her my Instagram.
"The next time we met up was for one of my PR events a month later.
"She gave me one of her gorgeous pieces from a studio. We took photos for her clothing page and videos for my food blog.
"We ate great food and got to know one another.
"We still message each other and celebrate our wins (both big and small) which I love, and we will 100% be collaborating again soon! If the vibe feels right, my advice would be to follow up on the ‘we should meet up’ chat in the girls' toilets as you never know where that friendship could take you.
"This encounter was also my first PR opportunity in fashion."
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