Our next coffee shop certainly didn’t start life as a coffee shop. Oh no –far from it! The Attendant in Foley Street, W1 is a tiny, coffee bar close to Davis Brown Estate Agents in W1 and situated within an old Victorian loo no less! Now it may not be everyone’s cup of tea (pun very much intended) but it certainlyadds to the character of the area with a great story to tell – attracting tourists and locals alike. It was originally built around 1890 and has kept some of its important features. Two years of planning and restoration has turned this space into a cosy underground area where you can enjoy your macchiato and cookie dough brownie while your surroundings take you back in time, with the original Victorian floor tiles and urinals lovingly restored.
The trend for turning old public conveniences into bars or cafes are becoming quite popular around London – one in Clapham Common aswell as Shepherd’s Bush and Kentish Town to name but three. It’s a resourceful idea and being commercial agents in Fitzrovia we are keen to keep our eye out for all manner of unusual and quirky establishments – they all add to the charm of our oh so fabulous city!