the attendant: abandoned london toilet is turned into a unique cafe
the attendant: abandoned london toilet is turned into a unique cafe the attendant: abandoned london toilet is turned into a unique cafe
mar 21, 2013
the attendant: abandoned london toilet is turned into a unique cafe

‘the attendant’ by pete tomlinson and ben russel, london, england
all images courtesy of pete tomlinson



the urinals are so clean you can eat off of them- an idea turned into reality by pete tomlinson and ben russel who acquired an 1890’s
victorian style london lavatory and converted it into a clean contemporary cafe. ‘the attendant‘ features the original installations which have been
preserved and thoroughly cleaned (for those of you still unconvinced), retaining the original look and feel of the historical washroom while
complying to current day sanitary standards. the urinals, produced by doulton & co, have been converted into a small bar table, with a
continuous wooden plank that fits to the contours of the urinal walls, suggesting individual eating areas. the attendant’s office was repurposed
into a kitchen and  the original hand dryer still sits on the wall.




urinal table





contemporary stools next to the historical urinals





full table



original attendant’s door, now a kitchen entrance



‘the attendant’ from the exterior


(left) logo created by james duffy at we are shadows
(right) outdoor seating



original structure



original bathroom




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