Don’t lie. We all know there’s a good chance you’re reading this while enjoying the peace and escape from reality the bathroom brings. Shut away from the world with no interruptions (unless you have two cats who demand to supervise you throughout…), bathrooms make for perfect breaks and a chance to catch up on the news of the day. If you say you’ve never checked your phone on the loo, you’re a liar. I bet even the Queen does it.
So where better to enjoy some solace from London’s busiest streets than Attendant, Fitzrovia’s subterranean loo-based coffee shop. Formerly a disused Victorian toilet, laying dormant for a good fifty years or so, it was reopened in 2013 as a unique haunt for serious coffee fanatics. Think baristas who know their trade inside and out, who aren’t happy to use any old coffee bean. It’s just been completely refurbished and will soon welcome back hipsters and confused tourists alike with the promise of coffee, cake and all things brunch. Just make sure you keep your pants on.
I’m a huge fan of the Shoreditch venue which was my regular haunt when I worked in the city. The coffee was always fresh and delicious and staff were happy to have me sit for a few hours, laptop on lap, while I did all the business things. I would even get a free coffee on the house every now and then, that’s just how friendly the team are. Don’t believe me? All three of their venues have brilliant reviews for their fab coffee and delicious food, so while Fitzrovia’s toilet-themed cafe is a great little gimmick, there’s more to it than urinals and quirkiness.
Fancy a free flat white? Then it’s time to get involved. If you’re passing by Foley Street on Thursday 23rd November leave some inspirational graffiti on the Attendant’s whitewashed wall and share your story using #AttendantStories on all the usual places. Once you’ve shared, you’ll be eligible for one free cuppa during when at any of their venues from Saturday 2nd December.
More details here.
Attendant Fitzrovia: 27A Foley St, London W1W 6DY
Goodge Street, Oxford Circus, Great Portland Street
Attendant Clerkenwell: 75 Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TJ
Attendant Shoreditch: 74 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3JL