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.
 
Hidden London: Bar Italia