I have been often curious about a little cafe behind my office that was once an underground public toilet. Today was their first birthday, which seemed like a great opportunity to satisfy that curiosity by meeting my friend Jon there for coffee.
The former toilet that houses Attendant Cafe was apparently built in around 1890 and fell derelict in the 1960s before being converted last year. The cafe’s owners have stayed true to its origins by keeping a number of the original features. As you walk through the doors and down into the depths of Foley Street, you are greeted with a wall of graffiti, an amusing nod to how most public spaces are often treated. The walls inside are lined with the archetypal white tiles you might expect from a public convenience and one of the main seating areas is a row of converted Victorian urinals complete with a (hopefully) decorative flush.
Sadly a lunch meeting prevented me from trying any of their delicious sandwiches, but I did manage a sneaky miniature salted caramel brownie (a little bargain at £1), which had the right amount of salt and sweetness. The coffee is Caravan, which I am already a huge fan of, and the flat whites expertly made. Being a mere three minute stroll from my office, it is very likely that this will become a regular spot.
Attendant Cafe, 27a Foley Street, LondonW1W 6DY. @Attendantcafe