Bar Italia through the ages

I’ve been going to Bar Italia in Soho since the 1980s. It’s an iconic cafe that has been family run since 1949. Bar Italia holds a special place in my heart; I’ve been there countless times either on my own or with friends and family.  I had a solo exhibition there in 2013 and as a result met the man (at Bar Italia)  who was to become my husband a few months later!  Recently I’ve been going through my photographs and scanning some of the old analogue prints I’ve taken at Bar Italia over the years. Here are a few of them below:

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The first two images are of Antony Polledri – I took those back in the 80s!

Next up is a photo of a Bar Italia regular back in the 90s – an actor called Malcolm. Malcolm introduced me to Julia Cameron’s seminal book on creativity The Artists Way (those are the sorts of intellectual conversations one can find oneself having at Bar Italia!) and I’m grateful to him for that.



Below is a picture of my friend Jacqui, also from the 90s, heavily pregnant and in a prime people-watching spot on one of the outside tables:



Does anyone remember the name of this Bar Italia employee? Do let me know!



I’ll be adding more images soon – I have so many digital images that I’ve taken at Bar Italia and I haven’t decided which ones to show. TBC!

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