As National Best Friends Day (June 8) approaches, Victorian Plumbing celebrates all the friends who have found love in a hopeless place… the toilet! There are many long-lost stories of strangers meeting in the bathroom, finding a real connection but never speaking again. But this time, Victorian Plumbing has called for a nationwide search to find everyone who has managed to form friendships that have blossomed in bathrooms. ‘Bathroomate’ is slowly replacing the centuries-old term ‘bestie’ as more and more Britons make and maintain meaningful new friendships in this way.

Victorian Plumbing reveals the stories of women who tell how they nurtured those relationships and what advice they would give others on finding a new BFFL.

Andrea Daniel (38) and Sofia Fernandez (39)

“We met when we were 17 in the bathroom at our college. I had just left my old college to join this new one, so I had no friends yet. I went to the bathroom and I heard this girl (Sofia) talking to someone on the phone in Portuguese I also speak Portuguese which gave us something to bond with especially being in a predominantly white school After that we continued to socialize at the “in and out of school. Fast forward 22 years and two kids each later, we regularly go on family vacations together and have been there for the most important moments in 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.”

Rhea Jacobs (26) and Tamara Abedi (25)

“We met in the club bathroom in Miami! I was on vacation with my friends and went to the bathroom to check my makeup. Tamara walks in behind me while I’m doing my makeup, wearing the same print and colors as me (which is normally a recipe for disaster). We looked at each other, laughed and complimented each other on each other’s outfits; in doing so, we realized that we both had London accents. We talked and realized we lived 30 minutes apart in London. ! After that, before heading back to London, we all partied together. Once back in London, we arranged to meet and have been seeing each other ever since. The moral of the story is sometimes wearing a similar outfit to someone on vacation is a good thing”

Fariha Choudhury (25) and Aminata Kanda (28)

“I was in the bathroom with my friend and Aminata stopped us and asked if we were models (I wish!). She was really nice and made a typical “meet in the girls bathroom” conversation. She then asked me if I would like to model in her clothes, so I gave her my Instagram. The next time we met was for one of my PR events a month later. She gave me one of her wonderful pieces of a studio. We took photos for her clothing page and videos for my food blog. We ate good food and got to know each other. We’re still messaging and celebrating our wins (big and small) which I love, and we’ll be 100% collaborating again soon! If the mood suits you, my advice would be to chase the “we should meet” chat in the girls’ bathroom, because you never know where this friendship might take you. This meeting was also my first PR opportunity in fashion.

Brenna Ryan, Senior Spokesperson at Victorian Plumbing, said: “We are serious about bathrooms. So much so that we’ve taken up the challenge to find some of the most interesting stories of friends who met in a public bathroom or toilet. the bathroom and walking out 45 minutes later with four new Instagram handles is the new normal. It’s just not an empty bladder you can get when you leave the toilet – how about a friend for life? »