Alright, having coffee at a public bathroom definitely isn’t appealing at all. But this coffee shop, Attendant, is restored from a former Victorian public bathroom at Fitzrovia and it’s one quirky spot you’d want to visit.
The bathroom was dormant for more than fifty years. Now it’s converted into a trendy coffee spot in London. And of course, it’s clean and spotless! This Fitzrovia shop is its flagship store opened in 2013. They now also have branches in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell.
Down the stairs is a small intimate space. On one side of the wall were where the urinals once were. These original Doulton & Co porcelain urinals forms a raised bar that’s paired with stool seats. The Green Victorian floor tiling adds a little charm to the overall decor. Then at the back, there was a banquette with a group of small tables.
I went on a Saturday morning at around 10.30am. The shop was quite empty at the time. Upbeat funk music were playing in the background and staff were cheerfully chatting away. It immediately gives off a welcoming and cosy vibe.
Toast w/ Poached Egg and Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Feeling for something very light and simple, I opted for toast and a few simple toppings. With such a simple dish, quality is key. And Attendant has lived up to its expectations and did not disappoint. I particularly enjoyed that perfect poached egg where the yolk was beautifully runny. However, I was a bit confused with the slow-roasted tomatoes as I thought it was sun-dried tomatoes instead.
The latte was smooth and velvety to taste. However, I thought the coffee wasn’t strong enough. It’s overall nice but just rather mild.
Attendant is definitely one pretty cool spot to check out in London. However, I do feel it’s not that special though if you’re thinking of dining-in. It’s nice when it’s quiet where you can just make yourself comfortable at the corner. But as more and more people started showing up later the hour, it didn’t feel so nice cramped together in one small space. Regardless, by all means, it’s still worthwhile “popping down the loo” for a takeaway coffee!
P.S. There’s no actual bathroom in this place – the irony!
Attendant does not serve halal meats. Vegetarian options are available.
Nearest station: Oxford Circus / Goodge Street