Formerly a Victorian toilet, built around 1890 and mothballed in the 1960s, the Attendant was dormant for more than 50 years before being lovingly transformed into one of Europe's most unique espresso & food bar spaces.

After two-years' planning and restoration the old Attendant's office has been turned into a little kitchen and the original porcelain urinals have become an inspired coffee bench with green seating to match the original Victorian floor tiles.

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Venue Details & Map


Downstairs 27A,Foley Street,Fitzrovia,London W1W 6DY,UK
+44 (0)20 7637 3794
Public transport:
Goodge Street, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Attendant

5.0 out of 5 4 August 2015
by Wendy K.

I loved this place! It was about 1:00pm on a monday and there were people inside but not too many. Easy to find a place to sit. The staff was helpful and genuinely friendly. They have a £5 minimum if you're using a card so I got a flat white and gluten free lemon polenta cake (a recent obsession of mine). The presentation was beautiful with coffee art and they actually had to cut the cake! Not...more

4.0 out of 5 27 July 2015
by Shaun D.

A unique coffee shop set into an old toilet/urinals. It works really well with nice staff that manage to pump out some amazing Flat Whites.

Pastries also looked very appetising but only stopped by for a flying visit.

Sure it's small, so make sure you have an alternate plan. This was the second time I visited, as the first we couldn't get anywhere to sit as it was full. (Visit - 27/06/2015...more

3.0 out of 5 21 July 2015
by Eddie T.

Wasn't too overly impressed with this cafe. Sure it has it's own little uniqueness being underground and in an old toilet. Bar that nothing special (we came across way better toilet type cafes later in our travels ) .It does have a nice cosy atmosphere , place is clean , a fair selection of food, service is good but the coffee was nothing to rave about and the wrap I had was likewise. Overall...more

2.0 out of 5 10 July 2015
by Alison A.

5 stars for the very awesome venue!

1 star for service.

1.5 stars for food and coffee.

Must be honest, this notion of a cafe joint underground and in the old Foley Street men's bathroom is so flipping cool, I just had to check it out. The space is amazing, a bit cramped, super hot and humid, but what could be expected from an old restroom? I adore how they have a cast iron entrance at the...more

5.0 out of 5 12 April 2015
by Jaime T.

If you're looking for a quirky place to grab coffee, then this is it. Housed in a former underground, erm, toilet (hence the name), The Attendant has kept much of its original structure (including the urinals! But don't worry, they're well scrubbed up :)) and thus, its character.

They're also one of the few cafes in London that serves almond milk, which is great for those of us who are...more

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