Bar Italia

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Bar Italia

 
Bar Italia is a compact Italian café located at 22 Frith Street, estab­lished in 1949 by Lou and Caterina Polledri and run today by their grand­children. It is open 22 hours a day, from 7am to 5am. Travel guides have called it ‘a corner­stone of Soho nightlife’ and ‘the queen of café culture in Soho’.

In January 1926 John Logie Baird (1888–1946) demon­strated his ‘televisor’ to members of the Royal Institution in his labor­atory above what is now the Bar Italia.
 
Bar Italia at night