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Restaurants, Cafés Fitzrovia
4 out of 5 stars
(34user reviews)

Time Out says

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.



Address: 27a Foley Street
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street or Oxford Circus
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Never have I been drawn to a public bathroom more. The quirkiness of this place it what sells it. But quality is also delivered. The coffee is good and the service friendly making for the most pleasant of public toilet experiences to date. 

Generally the idea of a public bathroom is enough to put you off your food, however at Attendant that is exactly the appeal. A converted Victorian era bathroom turned coffee shop. Located just away from the central hustle of Oxford Street it is the perfect place to slip away for a break before braving the crowds. A good soy flat white and friendly service will keep you coming back. 


I love exploring the crazy, silly side of London town and this has to be one of the silliest I have come across! That's right, why would you NOT set up a cafe in a Victorian era gents loo?? 

Some of the original fittings are still there, the little single tables are actual urinals and there is a cistern or two left hanging. 

As much as I love the decor and the concept its not somewhere I would be rushing back for the actual coffee or carrot cake. 


The concept of eating in a converted Victorian toilet is rather unappealing but The Attendant is actually a great little quirky cafe. You can definitely tell that it was a toilet - there are still urinals along the walls which have been converted into bar seating and green and white tiles everywhere. I found it really funny how there was a sign posted behind the till to clarify that there was a working toilet for customer use. I had the dulce de leche french toast which was the most expensive item on the menu at £9. It was really nice, but next time I would like to try one of their sandwiches. Ranging from £4-6, even to eat in, I thought that was a steal for central London. 


I've been wanting to try this place out mainly for the unusual setting but I was pleasantly surprised to find that whilst the setting draws you in, the great coffee and food makes you want to return! I particularly enjoyed my Lemon & Rose Polenta Cake and I'm looking forward to going back to try out the Dulce de Leche French Toast!


Such a lovely idea - to convert a sort of historical place into a coffee shop/restaurant. Because it used to be a public loo, I expected them to have made more of an effort to keep the place clean, otherwise you cannot help but think of the original purpose of the urinals... The flat white was delicious, but giving it less stars for the hygiene level.


If you want good coffee, delicious food and a quirky venue make sure you take the time to visit Attendant. The cafe is located in the heart of Fitzrovia in a converted public toilet. A friend and I went for breakfast and were both really impressed with the quality of food and drink. I can recommend the poached eggs, beetroot houmous and rocket on sour dough toast but am also keen to go back to try their french toast, as well as their sandwiches and cake. 


Getting to eat/drink in a converted Victorian bathroom is a great pretty unique gimmick but don't let that distract from the fact that it's actually a great place, particularly for brunch The coffee is fantastic, the food's not bad either and they've done a great job of converting the space


I was sceptical, as most probably are, but Attendant was a pleasant surprise. Brilliantly redesigned and brought back to the 21st century, you'll find great speciality coffee and cake and a small menu of brunch/lunch items too. It's a tight squeeze down there when busy, but that's probably a good sign...


If you've ever dreamed of having tea in a toilet, then prepare to have your wildest fantasies made true... As they state so eloquently themselves, everything has been thoroughly cleaned! A rather small but unexpectedly cosy atmosphere in this underground hideaway stocked with baked goods, fresh coffee and iced teas. 


The attendant ... The place to attend!

This little gem is one of those places that you have to know exist otherwise you wouldn't know it exists if you get what I mean. Its placed where an old gentlemen's toilets used to be many many years ago.....

They kept some of the decor so you don't forget but that's not what makes this place so memorable. The food! Oh mother of Mary the food is delicious! Their smashed avocado on sour dough bread with poached eggs,smoked salmon and beetroot humus is just so yummy I'm desperate all over again!

The food was so good I forced myself to even try their French toast banana bread with winter berries.. Can life get any better? Ugh so so devine!

Price wise you're looking at £8-11 but the portions are so generous you won't regret it! They also have a great deal on Yplan which gets you all this for half the price baby!

Think I'll head there again this weekend. ;)


When I visited Attendant a few years back, I was expecting more of a gimmick than a decent coffee shop. But surprise surprise the reality met the hype. It’s tiny, a bit even claustrophobic even as there are no windows, but cosy at the same time. The coffee is excellent and you can match it with good and healthy snacks and homey food. The stuff could me more attentive, though. It’s not that hard to remember your customers if there are only 8 sits!

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!


It's not often you can say you had your lunch in the loo, but after a colleague suggested Attendant, I had to give it a try!

Admittedly, I was sceptical - not only about eating in a old toilet but it could easily have become another London gimmick, but I was pleasantly surprised! Lovely, with a well thought out layout, with frames on the still tiled walls (in-between hand dryers!) 

The food, while not an extensive menu was delicious. I opted for a sandwich but the soups looked good too! The star of the show for me though was the salted caramel brownie, I could have picked plenty others from their home made selection. 

If you fancy something  bit different on your lunch break, I'd highly recommend Attendant - It won't break the bank either!


Their own-roast coffee tastes great and is so uber-strong I got the caffeine shakes. It is a unique setting but it's so compact in there that it can get a little too intimate...

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!).


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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.

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