Fifties formica glory: Bar Italia
Founded in 1949, Bar Italia was one of the first Italian coffee bars in Soho, perhaps even the first as claimed by some.
Although the tiny 24-hour bar has been redone over the years, the red and white formica, Gaggia coffee machine and the neon entrance sign with hanging-clock fronts remain intact – Bar Italia is as stylish as ever if you can look past the ugly flat screen TVs churning out the news or Italian football.
The coffee is as good as it gets, the food is decent (skip the full English and have a sausage sandwich instead), the prices are extraordinary but then where else in London can you sip an espresso at 3am surrounded by authentic Fifties chrome?
22 Frith St
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square