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“A special place” – “frozen in time and all the better for it” – this atmospheric Soho institution defies caffeine fashion and is as perfect a location for a cup of coffee today as it was when it opened in 1949. It operates 24/7 – and don’t even think of bringing your laptop...
“Still the best espresso in the capital”, say fans of this 24/7 veteran, now in its 70th year and little changed, and where posing elbow-to-elbow with other late night denizens of Soho, or squeezing in to watch Italian footie, is a London rite of passage. There are light bites, but they aren’t the point.
“Legendary”, “open-all-hours” haunt redolent of post-War Soho, whose basic interior is “pleasantly untouched” by the passage of years. “You don’t go for the food, but for the coffee and the buzz” and for “an institution that’s a one-off. May it never, ever go!”
“When in London, I just HAVE to go for my espresso fix!” – this legendary Italian pitstop in the heart of Soho is “not the absolute best for coffee, nor the best for service, but still the winner on ambience, style and history”, and rammed at all hours.
|Wine per bottle||£28.50|
22 Frith St, London, W1D 4RF
all day till open 24 hours, Sun 3 am
Last orders: open 24 hours, Sun 4 am