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Bar Italia

#3,404 of 17,071 Restaurants in London
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22 Frith Street, London, England
(020) 7437 4520
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7:00 am - 5:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 am
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Cromwell, Connecticut
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The espresso was great, the best I had in London. We also had two of the paninis, that were very good. But the service was definitely lacking. It seemed like they couldn't be bothered with us. Bottom line come for the food and coffee, but don't expect top notch service.

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Thank Natalie-Lynn87
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of London's most iconic bars around for over 60 years & I've been coming to Bar Italia for over 30 years ... It's been here for me with celebrations, after dinner coffee, dates & hangovers ... It's consistently retro & has the best coffee & service in London Town ... Come to Soho & watch the world go by... More 

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Surrey
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have always loved this place from my Mod days in the 80s to now. Great for a drink or to catch a coffee. Lovely pastries. Always a must go to after a night out in London-post theatre, gig, etc. Love the waiters in their uniforms. Brilliant for people watching in Soho.

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Thank MJGT
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I'm in London, this is always my first stop in the morning. Great espresso and its varieties and nice menu of food and snacks. The sidewalk tables are often full, but worth trying for to enjoy your coffee and watch the passing activity in the neighborhood. Waiter service is available at the tables, or you can walk in and... More 

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Thank Daniel J
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service and food are not a good quality compared to many places in SOHO. It is very expensive and I don't see any good reason to justify it.

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Thank rluberti
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66 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed stopping at Bar Italia for a post dinner macchiato and Fernet Branca during my recent stay in Soho. Their paninis were also good, and the staff was always friendly to me.

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Thank SamPav
London
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I am a regular visitor to the bar as I work nearby and they do good although expensive, coffee. They are now getting complacent: their coffee is not as good as it was and for £2.30, it needs to be excellent. Also, they have a nasty habit of charging people to come in and watch the Italian teams football matches.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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197 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

People watch, drink good Coffee, eat, and see the world pass by as you sit near Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club taking it all in. Its been going for decades and I'm told the Chrome Motorbikes are still there at night. It is closed from 5-6am. Turn up at 3-4am in the Summer and its a great crowd.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

this was the first Italian coffee bar in London in early 50s and it has not changed, pictures of famous boxers on the wall, big TV showing sports, it really is only a coffee bar, but sells the best Italian coffee and biscuit type snacks sit outside opp. Ronnie's and watch the world go by great place to relax for... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

I would never return here after the way staff spoke to me. Ordered coffees, over priced but ok coffee completely ruined by the attitude of staff . Outrageously rude and condescending. Particularly the male with the tiny twirly moustache.This coffee shop may be a tradition in soho, however management need to either train staff to be courteous or watch its... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 am
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Soho
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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