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Bar Italia

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22 Frith Street, London, England
(020) 7437 4520
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch

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  • 27
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Quality eclairs

We popped into Bar Italia for coffee and cakes on a Saturday afternoon and were impressed both with the place itself and the items we ordered. The eclairs were absolutely huge! I'll definitely go back, the likes of Starbucks can't hold a candle to it when it comes to the quality of the coffee, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a London institution, especially given all the changes going on in SoHo and they still seem trapped - in a good way - in a time warp from the 50s. Great place to soak up the atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We popped into Bar Italia for coffee and cakes on a Saturday afternoon and were impressed both with the place itself and the items we ordered. The eclairs were absolutely huge! I'll definitely go back, the likes of Starbucks can't hold a candle to it when it comes to the quality of the coffee, the excellent cakes and the atmosphere.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It is next to Little Italy restaurant in Frith street,soho and I think they belong to the same group. At bar Italia you are sure to get the best Italian coffee served by a very polite and willing staff. I like the outside area where you could sit and watch the crowd passing bye.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

There can be little left that's either new or original to say about Bar Italia after the praise heaped, justifiably, on this fantastic establishment by generations of journalist, authors, reviewers and satisfied customers....but here goes. Bar Italia has been in Frith Street since 1949 and a regular coffee stop for me since the late 1960's. I have been here at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Been here several times, either after a long night clubbing where this place turns into a cool after party place full of interesting strangers all only too happy to make new friendships, great feel! But latest after we had been to the pub for a few drinks and fancied a light bite to eat. We decided to ditch the tables... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

If in London try out this authentic coffee shop, great to stop buy and have fresh coffee made for you with a slice of cake. Much better than your ordinary chain establishment. The food/drinks fantastic and a great chilled out authentic vibe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Been going here for many years now, this little gem that's been in business since 1949 is perfect for that break that perfect coffee and to people watch! The coffee is sublime, the bar itself has a perfect mix of personality. Long may it reign.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Everything is fine. I expected more; I am sure that it was better years ago. Not much "mojo"; food is ok. Eould not recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

On a warm Saturday, sitting at a pavement table in Soho's Frith Street watching the world go by (in all its typical Soho forms) is a great way to spend an hour. Bar Italia's fine coffee and splendid selection of cakes and pastries makes this so much more the better. Prices are reasonable for this part of town, service is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Went on to Bar Italia with friends after dinner. Had a fantastic evening. The atmosphere was electric. Music was fantastic, had a bit of a boogie singing to all the songs. One or two night caps too many. You need to let your hair down sometimes. Fabulous.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 22 Frith Street, London, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: (020) 7437 4520

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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