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London Restaurants

Bar Italia

  • 22 Frith St. Map It
  • Soho
  • Café

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This legendary Italian coffee bar on Frith Street is Soho's unofficial beating heart and a 22-hours-a-day Soho institution. Established in 1949 during the postwar Italian coffee bar craze and still run by the founding Polledri family, it's now positively football and cycling crazy and a honeypot for an assortment of weird and wondrous Soho-ites—from dubstep clubbers and cabbies to down-home stars like Jude Law and Jason Statham. Most regulars grab an espresso or frothy cappuccino made from the vintage 50-year-old Gaggia coffee machine and wolf down a slice of pizza, panettone, bacon bap, 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 lusty Italian opera singers, movie legends, and '50s world boxing champs, and it's the primo spot in London to watch Italy play in the soccer World Cup.

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

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