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London Restaurants

Bar Italia

  • 22 Frith St. Map It
  • Soho
  • Café

Updated 03/06/2014

Fodor's Review

This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hour-a-day Soho institution. Established in 1949 during the Italian coffee bar craze and still run by the founding Polledri family, it's now positively football crazy and a honey-pot for an assortment of weird and wonderous Soho-ites—from clubbers and cabbies to stars like Jude Law. Most regulars grab a frothy cappuccino made from the 50-year-old Gaggia coffee machine and wolf down a slice of pizza, panettone, or chocolate cake at one of the mirrored bar counters (or pavement seat out front). The walls are plastered with Italian flags and black-and-white photos of Italian singers, movie legends, and '50s boxing champs, and it's the spot in London to watch Italy play in the soccer World Cup.

Restaurant Information


22 Frith St., London, W1D 4RF, England

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Restaurant Details:

  • No credit cards
  • Reservations not accepted

Updated 03/06/2014


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