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Attendant – Fitzrovia

The legends are true. This place is totally a toilet. And by that I mean it in the nicest possible way. Attendant was once a 1890’s mens bathrooom, and it sill has the fiixtures to prove it. Mind you, this toilet is at the nicer end of town, so there aren’t any loitering junkies. These have beeen replaced by the local businessmen and creatives from the nearby soho area.

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I had heared about Attendant from friends, but no ones explanation was able too do it justice, or accurately capture the subtle quirkiness scattered throughout. The small lights that hang from the chain that once flushed the toilet. The way each of the urinals have been converted into benches for seating. The water tank above each filled with flowers and hanging ivy. My favourite part is the loyalty cards, asking customers if they are regular. Genious!

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Of all the toilets in the world, this is probably the only one where I would be happy to loiter, and meet friends, and not feel like a pest.

Novelty aspects aside, I have really enjoyed my visits to Attendant. The staff know a lot about coffee. I had a lengthy chat about the beans he is using (from Caravan) and why he likes using them. There are also a collection of cakes and sandwiches on display at the counter.

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Pros

Great location, out of the way of the touristy hot-spots, and an original use of a venue. The use of humour is appreciated, especially with the loyalty cards. The staff also know what they are doing, and have some great coffee art.

Cons

Due to the use of cubicles, designed for privacy in their original purpose, don’t offer a comfortable social environment.

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Flat White - £2.80
Beans - Caravan
Twitter - @Attendantcafe
Facebook - Attendantespresso
Website - The-Attendant.com

Published in Cafe Coffee Fitzrovia

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