Attended cloakrooms, or coat checks, are staffed rooms where coats and bags can be stored securely. Typically, a ticket is given to the customer, with a corresponding ticket attached to the garment or item. They are often found in Nightclubs. A nominal fee is generally charged, or if not, a tip is usually paid by the customer when they reclaim their item.
A cloakroom within anything other than a private residence can usually be safely be assumed to be a place in which coats and other belongings are kept, but exceptions occur – at Fortnum & Mason, the gents’ lavatory is referred to as the “cloakroom”. The term is still commonly used in hotels, stations, clubs, museums and most other UK public venues in its traditional sense.