Attendant Espresso Bar

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Attendant Espresso Bar

Espresso bar in former loo is far from bog-standard...

As well as giving one a boost of outward energy in the morning, coffee is renowned for getting certain internal parts of the body moving, so it’s a convenient match that this hot new espresso bar has percolated inside Attendant, a former Victorian gents’ loo under Foley Street, west London.

Once the customers have passed through the ironwork cage entrance topside, and descended the stairs, what awaits is a porcelain paradise six months in the making, tiled from floor to ceiling and gleaming with that well-scrubbed sparkle you’d hope for, in fact demand, in a converted men’s bogs. Doulton urinals from 1890, securely plugged and covered, form some unconventional chairs – we didn’t like to ask if any reading material is provided while you are having a sit down on the stand-ups, but you can bring your own publication of choice anyway. That’s not the only nifty bit of re-purposing either: the office that used to be the domain of one of the most unfortunate employees in London history, the gents’ toilet payment attendant, has been converted into a wee kitchen. Oh come on, we had to drop a couple of shit puns in here somewhere…

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