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Sitting at a 1890 Doulton & Co. urinal having a cup of tea and a sandwich sounds peculiar. In fact it sounds revolting. But visiting The Attendant, a new coffee shop in a disused public lavatory in Fitzrovia, was unexpectedly charming.

The Attendant is the work of Pete Tomlinson and his business partner Ben Russell who one day, whilst quaffing a pint in the pub on the corner of Great Titchfield Street and Foley Street, were discussing how Fitzrovia needed a great coffee bar and New York style sandwiches. They looked up from their pints and noticed a To Let sign, right there, on the beautiful iron work of an old Victorian gentlemen's convenience.

Of course, the landlord was tickled by Pete and Ben's hair-brained idea. And he went for it. Soon the underground space, disused since the 80s, was being industrially cleaned and converted (making sure to keep all the original metro tiles, urinals and the black and white floor) to house a perfect, tiny coffee shop.

Ingredients have been meticulously sourced; the milk comes from one of 120 jersey cows at the Ivy House Farm in Somerset, the smoked turkey comes from family run farm Adlington's in Norfolk and the 'artisan coffee' is from The Caravan Roastery.

So while the idea of getting breakfast or lunch in a public toilet might feel wrong, once you've tried the almond milk porridge or The Attendant's smoked turkey sandwich with avocado whip in ciabatta - it feels so right.

www.the-attendant.com
27a Foley Street, London, W1W 6DY