Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published July 20th 2017
A restaurant in a public toilet
Formerly a Victorian public washroom in the 1890s, this place was subsequently abandoned from the 60s. After two years of work, the old Victorian toilets took upon a new life to become a trendy bar that opened its doors in January 2013. Do you like totally unusual and atypical places? If yes, welcome to The Attendant!
The toilets have transformed into a bar and they have preserved the decoration with humour! Indeed, the porcelain urinals are now serving as individual counters, the flushers serve as a cachepot and the former local lady-pee has been converted into a cosy space where one can taste their sweet or savoury specialities.
Surprising as it may seem, the place is nice and cosy although it does not benefit from natural light. And if you're wondering, if there is a toilet!
The Attendant offers a selection of exotic coffees and teas. Sandwiches, salads, quiches, cookies, and cakes (£ 3-9) can also be purchased. Some cakes and cookies are even gluten-free! All products are of a good quality and come from respected producers. For example, the carefully chosen coffee comes from Caravan and the milk comes from a Jersey farm. The Attendant was even a finalist in 2013 London Best Coffee Awards.
The Attendant is exclusively frequented by young Londoners who are locals. The rather rock music is proposed to a normal volume allowing one to communicate easily with their neighbour. In short, I found the atmosphere great and relaxed! They also have venues in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell.