Flo’s officially opened on Monday 4 February, after The SU’s takeover of the Virgil Building café, formerly run by Accommodation and Hospitality Services.
The exciting latest addition to The SU’s commercial outlets has had a vast redecoration. With a fresh lick of paint and new furniture installed, Flo’s Café provides an opportunity for students and staff to break away from the quiet study rooms and offices and relax. Flo's can also be used as social workspace accompanied by delicious Starbucks drinks at the same discounted prices as The Plug. For anyone in need of a quick bite to eat, meal deals can now be purchased from the counter, and the vending machines and microwaves are still in use.
The name “Flo’s” has been chosen to honour the history of the building, which used to be Bath’s Police Station before becoming owned by the University. “Flo’s” is named after Florence Glover, Bath's first Policewoman. Appointed on the 25 July 1916 during the height of the First World War, it took a four-women deputation from the Bath Women's Patrol Committee to the Watch Committee, requesting for women to be allowed to become Police Officers. During the War, a number of women were employed by the police force, but only for those 4 years. It wasn't until 6 January 1939, after receiving Home Office approval, that permanent Policewoman roles were instated.
Flo’s Café is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.