Loo, lavatory, bathroom, toilet, restroom as Italian living abroad you’ll
understand master wich word to pick (when you have to ask where to go when nature calls) only after many many many years. As a matter of fact this unsolved question may put you in the middle of very embarrassing situations, resulting the classic Italian who’s barely able to articulate some foreign words. Thank God now, there’s a place in London where you won’t be secretly laughed at when the matter comes up. The final solution we (Italians) were waiting for: a hidden espresso bar in abandoned toilet. Yes, you are reading well. The place’s name is the Attendant and you may fall down in it, when sauntering in the über cool neighbourhood of Fitzrovia. The former Victorian Gentleman’s convenience is now a modern espresso bar serving incredible coffee, English-style breakfast (porridge, anyone?), sandwiches, cakes, teas. Here the original porcelain urinals, produced by Doulton & Co in 1890, have been plugged, cleaned and converted into an inspired seating line. The old attendant’s office, complete with payment window, has been turned into a little kitchen. An old hand drier even sits above modern banquette seating. And if you don’t feel like climbing down the stairs you can always push the street level buzz, someone will come up and serve you. Espresso!
Definitely the place has character.