My friend and I discovered an interesting little place recently and it isn’t one you would feel a natural inclination to visit (unless you had a call of nature). I suppose this is a call of a different kind – hunger! ‘Attendant’ is a Victorian public toilet that has been converted into a downstairs cafe in Fitzrovia, Central London. When I first heard about this place, I wasn’t sure if it was something I really wanted to visit. Food and toilets just don’t mix right? All the years of washing my hands before I eat didn’t seem to make sense here! I had to give it a try – for the sake of curiosity!
We made our way downstairs into the ‘loo’ and I have to say I was really impressed with what had been done with the space. It was a bustling, lively, vibrant little hot spot where people could come in and buy a latte or a cappuccino to stay or go. The food was tasty and the service, very efficient. The staff were polite and friendly and seemed to really enjoy working there which was great to see. I would urge you to check this one out and if you want something a bit different, this is the place to visit. This is exactly why I have stayed in London for such a long time – discovering places like this! Sitting at a urinal eating and drinking is quite surreal but in an enjoyable way!
The atmosphere, even though it was very busy was pretty chilled out and people seemed to spend a lot of time in there just reading, chatting and writing. This place has a very special character and it really makes you appreciate the hard work and effort that has gone into transforming space and what potential there is do something extraordinarily different.
One thing is for sure – it works!
You have GOT to try the salted caramel brownies as they are too delicious for words. I would have to say they are some of the best brownies I have ever tasted. If the frantic pace of London is getting you down, it is a great little place to hide away in for a few minutes! It can get very busy and at meal times, the place is heaving. I have no complaints at all. There is also a message board where you can leave a note – whatever you like – about your experience. This was a very fun diversion, very much off the beaten track from what you usually expect from a cafe in Central London.
The only thing is – they don’t have a loo! It felt weird leaving and having to look for a toliet.
A definite must see!
© Christina McDonald 2014