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Bar Italia

22 Frith Street, London, England (Soho)
(020) 7437 4520
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Ranked #1,465 of 17,014 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Neighborhood: Soho
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Neighborhood: Soho
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London
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176 reviews 176 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Sitiuated in the heart of London's Soho, this place seems almost unchanged since the 1950s and is all the better for it. We had fantastic coffee and a pastry on the 'breakfast bar' stools, served by the friendly staff. There's a tremendous selection of sporting and historical memorabilia on the walls. Perfect for a pre-theatre coffee, I believe it in... More

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Wilmslow Cheshire England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great place, good staff, lots going on and lots to look at. Expensive though, two bottled beers, two paninis and one desert was just under £30. Seemed a lot for a snack in a cafe?

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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Saw the reviews went, loved it. Its a proper coffee shop doing real espresso. The little cakes are also great just to get you going. For a bigger appetite try the chocolate cake slice.

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England
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158 reviews 158 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

During our recent trip to London we stopped in here twice. Once when leaving Ronnie Scott's across the road one evening when we enjoyed coffee and cakes. (And a bit of banter with one of the guys working there), and then one afternoon for a spot of Lunch. Not the cheapest place in London town, BUT authentic right down to... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Like coffee, like Italian snacks, love the service and location. But nothing magical, it just likeable. So not really worth going out of my way for, there are better Italian places locally. Nice, but not amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Bar Italia has a history.. Apart from the building being where the first TV signal was tested.. It has served coffee to theatre goers, clubbers and ordinary punters for 50 years!!. If you want authentic coffee from a classic Espresso machine AND to sit and watch the world go by.. this is the place.. if you choose your dates and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It was a nice evening when me and a friend walked in for a quick coffee after our dinner.The inside is pretty and the cake display is amazing although i didn't try any that evening.We ordered 2 espressi.£2.50 for an espresso.Too expensive, never again ;)

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Plainview, New York
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262 reviews 262 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Quiet place for morning coffee and some pastries. Can go for a more full breakfast. Great to people watch.

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London, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Delicious latte, cappuccino, and caffe frappe plus a few tables to sit outside on a sunny day! 3,70 for a large latte isn't cheap but it was memorably scrumscious!

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UK
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

To me, Bar Italia has become a bit of a staple when visiting the capital. Authentic, no-nonsense and superbly made coffees and maybe even a cheeky cannoli if I feel like it! It's in a lovely area too. If the weather permits, sitting outside with a double macchiato watching the world go by is a lovely way to spend a... More

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