LONDON | Walk down Foley Street in Fitzroy and you’ll stumble across what was once a Victorian era gentleman’s toilet but today houses The Attendant. For 50 years the space lay dormant until it was resurrected and repurposed as a cafe by owners Bosh McKeown and Ryan De Oliveira in 2013. The urinals, designed by Doulton & Co in 1890, have been turned into a long bench and give visitors no illusion as to what they were once used for.
Food wise there’s a focused menu of very good wholesome, produce-driven seasonal breakfast and lunch items but the primary reason to come here is for the coffee. For espresso they pull their very own house roasted seasonal blend from a La Marzocco Linea GB5 as well as single origin filters from around the world via V60 Drip or Aeropress. The Attendant uses organic unhomogenised Estate Dairy milk and The Rare Tea Co. loose leaf teas. On a warm day, the Joe Black cold brew is fantastic too and you can buy beans and coffee equipment if you fancy making some quality coffee at home.
Quality coffee and food in one of London’s most unique spaces makes The Attendant a must visit. Just be aware that the space is very small, which means it can get crowded during busy periods.
27a Foley Street
London W1W 6DY
Mon – Fri: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sat: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sun: 10:00am to 5:30pm