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“Coffee with a difference”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Attendant

The Attendant
Ranked #7 of 841 Coffee & Tea in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$14
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Fitzrovia
Description: With two the cafes the original Attendant is Formerly a Victorian toilet, built around 1890 and mothballed in the 1960's. After laying dormant for more than fifty years, it was lovingly transformed into one of Europe's most unique Espresso & Food bar spaces. After two-years planning and restoration, the original porcelain urinals have become an inspired coffee bench with green seating to match the original Victorian floor tiles. Rated in the top 10 independent coffee shops in the city by Timeout London & Visit London and runner up Best Coffee Shop in London 2013.
London, United Kingdom
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“Coffee with a difference”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

I really don't think you'll find a quirkier or more unusual London setting for a cup of rosy or cappuccino.
Forget going before 9am or at lunchtime as it's going to be over-run with suits & queues of people. Aim for mid morning or late afternoon and you'll be able to relax, enjoy & admire this special place.

Visited June 2014
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Bosh M, Owner at The Attendant, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thanks for the great review. Hope to see you again soon.
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“Astonishing and bizarre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

I love using my iPhone in the loo, as I am now, but generally I'm not drinking an astonishingly good "flat white" too.
This is an incredible place. Built 125 years ago (or thereabouts), this basement public gents, similar to hundreds that used to be seen around London, is a fantastic example of late Victorian street architecture.
Closed down in the 1950s, it stood vacant and mothballed for around 60 years until Bosh bought it last year and turned it into the stunning place that it now is.
It's incredible sitting her surrounded by Victorian porcelain urinals which should rightfully reek of urine... Instead it's sparkling clean, with amazing air con, brill cakes, croissants and toasted sandwiches and an amazing collection of teas (including Lapsang Souchang, my fave) and first class coffee.
So here I am, sitting among the original tile floor, tiled walls, hand dryer etc. I think that you MUST visit this place. It's quirky, totally cool and a brilliant piece of history to boot. And if you're a woman it may be your only chance to visit a public gents without risking arrest!
The downside?? There's no loo here!!

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Bosh M, Owner at The Attendant, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thanks for the great review Jeffery. It was nice to meet you the other day and I did forget to mention we do actually have a customer toilet. It is hidden around the corner in the old Attendants office. See you again soon.
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“The Attendant was Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Best breakfast I have had in all of London, awesome quirky location. If you are in London you need to go.

  • Visited June 2014
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Bosh M, Owner at The Attendant, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thanks for popping down! Glad you enjoyed your breakfast with us. See you again soon.
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“Quirky 'wee' place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

My daughter took me to this cool place. Cool because it's under ground and cool because it's a converted public urinal with many of the original features - not all I hasten to add. Tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes all served with a smile. Lunchtime can be busy so if you've only got 1/2 hour, go in the afternoon. We had cakes and tea and it was delicious.
You'll love it!

  • Visited June 2014
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Bosh M, Owner at The Attendant, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Thanks for popping down and the great review. Hope to see you again soon.
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“Ticks all of my boxes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

I have my criteria for the perfect coffee shop. Independent. Good coffee in proper china. Range of cakes. Free wi-fi and chic staff. Attendant ticks all those boxes. My perfect place to rehydrate after giving blood just round the corner. Ironically, there's one box it doesn't tick for me. It doesn't have a toilet. Well, it has eight urinals, but that's not what I mean! *Update* I just asked - yes, there is a toilet, "straight through there". This place has everything.

Visited June 2014
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Thank Jo C
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Bosh M, Owner at The Attendant, responded to this review, 20 June 2014
Thanks for the great review Jo & we're happy you managed to locate our toilet in the end :-) See you again soon.
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