Attendant

Restaurants , Cafés Fitzrovia
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Attendant

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, 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.
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Venue name: Attendant
Contact:
Address: 27a Foley Street
London
W1W 6DY
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am - 5pm
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Oxford Circus
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