Now, the idea of turning an old Victorian loo into usable modern space isn't exactly new. Cellar Door, a cocktail bar in Aldwych is one such example. But The Attendant takes it further by retaining many of the original features. Things reserved includes the cistern towering above two Hector BTC lamps, porcelain urinals since repurposed into bar tables, where you can have your coffee at; and even the original attendant's office, which now houses a kitchen.
|Have a flat white on an old Victorian porcelain urinal|
The coffee beans are sourced from Caravan, a London-based coffee roaster found at nearby King's Cross, and prepared on a La Marzocco espresso machine. The coffee are priced higher than what you would normally pay for in competing joints, but every cup served is always so well made, I ain't going to complain. The smell of fresh roast is worth the price alone.
Cakes, biscuits, bagels and pastries feature on the menu, with rotating sandwiches each day.
|Original Victorian features were scrubbed clean then preserved|
It is also refreshing to find a coffee shop with staff who can put a smile on your face. I can't remember how many coffee shops has fallen from my grace because of a scowling barista. Not here, and I hope not in the future.
Mobile phone signal from both EE and Three UK appears to be able to penetrate the subterranean cafe, but free Wifi is included.
24a Foley Street
Fitzrovia W1W 6DY
Tube: Goodge Street