Attendant London, a former victorian toilet turned into a quirky cafe

Attendant is a quirky coffee shop located in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia district. In the past it was a public toilet and now, for the last few years, it has become one of those different places to see in London.

📍Attendant Location

Although the brand has several cafes, the one I’m telling you about in the article is in Fitzrovia. Just a few steps away from Oxford Street, and a 15-minute walk from the British Museum, Soho or Regent ‘s Park.

🚌 How to get to Attendant

This coffee shop is in such a great location that it’s super easy to get to from anywhere in the city. It’s at the midway point between several stops (of almost every underground line). So in 5-10 minutes on foot we are there.

These are the nearest tube stops to Attendant: Oxford Street (Victoria line and Central line), Goodge Street (Northern line), Great Portland Street (Circle line, Metropolitan line and Hammersmith & City line) and Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line).

You can also go to Tottenham Court Road (Northern line and Central line), but the other two are closer. If you want to go by bus, I advise you to use Citymapper to get around London.

✅ Useful information

There are two things to be aware of before visiting Attendant.

The first is that you can’t book a table. It’s such a tiny place that it would be impossible to keep it if tables could be booked in advance. Also, it doesn’t have a bathroom. So if you are one of those who – like me – need a toilet nearby often, I don’t advise you this place.

☕ Attendant menu

Attendant is a specialty coffee shop, so coffee is their star ingredient. They also serve other hot drinks, orange juice -very good, by the way-. On their menu you can also find toast, homemade granola, croissants, banana bread and some sandwiches. You also have the option of creating your own brunch.

Personally, although I found the place unique and the waiter was a sweetheart during my visit, I didn’t really like the food. The croissant and orange juice were very good, the bacon too; but the toast and soft-boiled egg were not very good. Still, my overall rating for the place and the food would be 7/10.

I think it’s a great place to go for a coffee or to surprise someone!

🙊 Curiosities of Attendant

The place was built in 1890 as a men’s public baths. Around the 60’s they stopped being used and for more than 50 years they have remained inactive. Several years ago – I don’t know the exact date, but more than 6 years ago at least – it was transformed into a unique café in the British capital.

The café retains the essence of those old Victorian baths on the site, but from a totally different perspective.


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