Attendant | Coffee In A Victorian Urinal
The main problem with being a highly respected cultural beacon is having to regularly cast a critical eye over what’s new and decide, on behalf of an intelligent and discerning readership, whether something is inherently good or just a bit of a gimmick.
This isn’t a problem we’ve ever had.
So today we’re happy to break with our ancient tradition of not writing about coffee shops, to tell you about Attendant – a coffee shop that’s just opened inside a public urinal.
Gimmicky? Who cares.
You’ll head to the ironwork cage found on the corner of Great Titchfield & Foley Street, and descend underground into the old Victorian gentlemen’s toilet hoping:
1) That they’ve used bleach, and
2) That there are no tramps hiding down there.
Thankfully it’s spotless: a brightly-lit, shiny-tiled, shimmering example to toilets around the world. Though obviously it’s not a toilet anymore, which should hopefully make you feel slightly more comfortable about sitting practically inside a 120 year old porcelain urinal while drinking your flat white.
The coffee comes courtesy of Caravan, and food options include bacon baps in the morning, “pay by weight, sliced on site, NYC deli-inspired sandwiches” at lunchtime and cakes in the afternoon (all made inside the toilet attendant’s office / kitchen). With a takeaway option, a curbside service (hit the buzzer at street level and someone will come up to serve you), and the welcome inclusion of a reservations line for downstairs, there’s really only one thing missing…
… one of those Freshen Up guys spritzing you in the face, giving you some chewing gum and then insisting that you “owe” them more than 50p.
Yeah ok, there’s nothing missing.
NOTE: Attendant is open Mon-Fri, 8am – 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. For reservations & enquiries call 0207 637 3794 or email Pete@the-attendant.com.
Attendant | 27A Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DY
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