A small blog for a small place. But definitely worth writing about, as it’s very cute and charming, even at 11am on a Saturday morning.
Why I liked it:
1) It reminds me of Italy
The main station in Rome is called Termini, and this very Italian establishment, clearly done up in a ‘railway bar’ style (I love the suitcases tucked away above the sofa), takes me straight back to Italy. It also helped that one of the waiters was Italian. And charming.
2) It serves excellent coffee.
In the morning it’s very much a café – serving (seriously strong) knock out coffees. Their Bianco (Cappuccino) was punchy, but those who appreciate good coffee with appreciate this. And if you fancy a quick Espresso shot by the bar, it’s only £1. They offer fresh pastries from L’Anima Café in Shoreditch to accompany the coffee. Marco Arrigo is in charge of the coffee, and has collaborated with Tony Conigliaro to set this bar up (see point 3).
3) AND cocktails.
As per point 2, Marco Arrigo has joined up with Tony Conigliaro (from the Zetter Townhouse) to set up Bar Termini. Tony is in charge of the cocktails and the ‘aperitivo’ side of the bar. Cocktails start at a very reasonable £6.50 (the Negronis) and they start serving alcohol from 11am onwards, so ideal for these festive days when drinking throughout the day is perfectly acceptable. If you feel like a nibble then they also serve Italian small plates (it is aperitivo after all); the mini panini is a bargain at £1 (it is really mini though).
4) The service.
As this place is truly tiny (30 covers at most), it is all a rather intimate affair. The baristas/cocktail shakers were professional and friendly. They serve water upon arrival. And I like their outfits.
Get there early if you’re coming for aperitivo, though you can just hang out by the bar if it’s busy. Or pop by for a coffee to wake you up. Just don’t miss this little slice of Italy in the midst of bustling Soho.
7 Old Compton Street
Photos my own and Bar Termini’s