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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27a Foley Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-6pm Sun 10am - 5pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Goodge Street or Oxford Circus|
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:15
- 4 star:11
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:0
Easy to miss but hard to forget. Genuinely the best long black in the city so far and the food is moreish. A great place to take people for a quick take out whilst wandering the streets of central!
I'm originally from Oz and know my coffee. This is one of the few places in London that I'll get a morning coffee from. Beaut.
Attendant Cafe is the perfect pitstop in central London, away from the hustle & bustle. Nestled underground in a converted loo, the coffee is lovely, the cakes are scrumptious, and the surroundings are an experience second to none! It's cosy, intimate atmosphere make for an ideal recharge cafe without the roar of the yuppy shopping crowds that you'll find in nearby cafes. I always have time for a cappuccino and a brownie in the attendant!
Interesting concept, but needs to be a little bit more stylish for the super high prices - some of the reminders that it was a toilet look grimy.... Fun, but couldn't help but feel there was something of the emperors new clothes about this place... People pretending to be oh so metropolitan because they were having tea in a urinal... Kind of annoying!
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!).
The coffee here (Caravan blend) is OK, but it's the salted caramel brownies and cool setting that make it so great. Review and photos on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/05/attendant-coffee-bar-fitzrovia/
Have You Heard Of It? blogger | HYHOI.com
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
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.
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!
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!
great sandwiches & coffee in a subterranean toilet! surprising to find something like this so close to oxford street.