|Food type||Cafe Style|
|Street address||Frith St|
|Postal/ZIP code||W1D 4RF|
On 26 January 1926, John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television at 22 Frith Street, the building where Bar Italia is located. The blue plaque above the front door commemorates this event.
In popular culture
Bar Italia inspired the song of the same name by the band Pulp, which is the last track of their 1995 album Different Class. The song describes the cafe as "round the corner in Soho" and "where other broken people go."
In November 2010, it was announced that Dave Stewart and Ian La Frenais were writing a stage musical about the cafe which will be called Bar Italia. Stewart was quoted as saying, "This coffee shop is very small but what goes on in there is as big as the world."
In 2016 Carl Randall painted the portrait of Movie Producer Jeremy Thomas standing in front of Bar Italia, as part of the artist's 'London Portraits' series, where he asked various cultural figures to choose a place in London for the backdrop of their portraits. In an interview Thomas explained he chose Bar Italia for this portrait "because I like being there, I go there regularly, I feel comfortable there....theres a bohemianism in this place and its full of memories of mine since I was a lad".
Bar Italia was awarded the 2010 London Lifestyle Award for London Coffee Shop of the Year.
- Green, Sam (7 January 2008). "Buongiorno Fabio Capello: Soho Square". Telegraph. London. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
- Carl Randall's 'London Portraits' on display in National Portrait Gallery., The Royal Drawing School, London, 2016
- Jeremy Thomas and Bar Italia., Carl Randall's artist website, 2016
- Carl Randall's London Portraits - Video Documentary., The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation London, 2016
- London Portraits - Video Documentary., Youtube, 2016
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