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Ming Tang-Evans
Ming Tang-Evans
Ming Tang-Evans
Venue says: "20% off evening private hire when you quote 'Timeout'. Email info@the-attendant.com. Now open Sundays 10am-5pm."

A coffee bar run with passion and professionalism in an unexpected location: a late-nineteenth-century gents’ toilet.

Opened in January 2013, Attendant occupies London’s most original location for a coffee bar: a late-nineteenth-century gents’ toilet. The urinals provide seating with small tables, and there’s additional seating at a banquette at the back. Be warned: this place is tiny, and rammed at a weekday lunchtime. But that was the only problem apparent.

Everyone in the young office-worker crowd looked very happy, and the food – cold sandwiches, hot sandwich of the day, various salads – looked great. Coffee-lovers will love Attendant. The barista, obsessively committed to his craft, apologised because the Caravan blend might have a little too much citrus flavour from sitting for just three days after roasting (he likes six). It was citrusy; but it was wonderful. He offered to brew a free cup of something else, so we could compare and contrast.

All in all, this is a great place. The only difficulty is resisting making jokes about Attendant’s previous life. We could crack a million of them, but you’d only get pissed off.

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Attendant says
Formerly a Victorian toilet, built around 1890 and mothballed in the 1960s, the Attendant has been dormant for more than 50 years before being lovingly transformed into one of Europe’s most unique espresso and food bar spaces.

After two-years planning and restoration, the old Attendant’s office has been turned into a little seating area and the original porcelain urinals have become an inspired seating line with green seating to match the original Victorian floor tiles.

Runner up Best Coffee Shop in London 2013 and widely publicised across the world, featuring in numerous newspapers, radio shows, national & international TV news, blogs and magazines.

Our beans are from Caravan King's Cross where they roast small batches of beans daily on their Probat roaster using beans sourced from around the world. They use green coffee beans from single estates and farms where the focus is on quality, provenance, sustainability and fair relationships with growers.

Our small organic milk producer Ivy House Farm, in Somerset, have 120 Jersey cows, rear all their own calves and grow the feed for their cattle. Knowing that our milk has come from a farming family who care for their animals, we thought it was worth paying that little bit more for.

Our food is made fresh daily and menu changes seasonally! That’s our philosophy, and how we like to roll. Our head chef and baker create exciting food thanks to our nightly picker at New Covent Garden Market.
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Venue name: Attendant
Address: 27a Foley Street
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am - 5pm
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Oxford Circus

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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Amy C

This is a truly hidden 'loo' to get your caffeine fix in London and is highly recommended by my friend. The latte is great and the sourdough toast with mushroom is even better! This is the ultimate reason why you'll never be tired of London for all the treasure you can find here. The barista is very friendly and the old gents urinal now an espresso bar really gives an edge to flavor and aroma (food & coffee of course!).


Great little place which I found after a recommended by a friend. Friendly, knowledgable staff offer great quality products at an affordable price. I work just around the corner so will be returning regularly! Very impressed

Brook Novak

If you are a coffee geek you'll be satisfied with the attendant. The barista's there know their business well, and obviously love what they do. On a hot summers day the cafe becomes a bit of a sauna. However there is some modest outside seating for all to enjoy the sun. While enjoying my delightful brew in the sunshine the barista presented a free taste tester of a refreshing smooth drink served with ice (from what I recall was made overnight using the sacks holding their roasted beans), very cool! A+++ from me!


The place looks lovely, it's retro-modern and cool. The idea of adapting an old Victorian toilet to a cafe' is amazing, and they really did it in the best possible way. I didn't try the food, I just went in for a quick espresso, as I was curious to have a look round. I honestly did not like my coffee, as it was really strong and bitter, almost with a salty aftertaste. At the price of £2.40 I was expecting something better . I was there with two colleagues (one got a cappuccino, one a latte) and none of them liked their drinks. Such a shame.


Went here for lunch - cool place which is surprisingly spacious and food is really good. Had a hot sandwich with meatballs which was delicious. Nice touch having water with cucumbers in. Design of the place is very cool and many of the period features have been retained including the urinals!


Great place! Very different to your usual lunch venue. Loved the pulled pork sandwich and especially the amazing mac and cheese with truffle. Very good value for money.

Lavinia Sidgwick

Wonderfully atmospheric and novel coffee shop - I loved the beautifully restored art nouveau loos; ate the BEST raspberry brownies and drank perfect coffee - such a treat - GO VISIT!

Tray Hughes

Walked past this place on the way to work. One word INCREDIBLE. An old gents urinal now an espresso bar - awesome. Ate their French toast with berries - in a urinal. Love it - this is exactly what makes London exciting.!! As to their coffee - these guys clearly know what they are doing. Creamy and packed a punch - just what I needed at 8am!

Chris Carter

great sandwiches & coffee in a subterranean toilet! surprising to find something like this so close to oxford street.