Bar Termini

 
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Gay-appeal straight espresso in the dolce vita style
An almost too-perfect modern take on an Italian espresso (and cocktail) bar, with understatedly sumptuous decor matched by a consummate execution of Illy coffee (myriad espresso-based options), excellent finger food (coppa, salami and prosciuto), Euro-savvy cocktails and a small but reassuring selection of continental-tasting Viennoiserie (eg the creamy croissant-like cornetto). This is an intimate space with no standing allowed. Prices are not cheap, but you can sit on a tall stool at the bar and get a boost from a glass shot of espresso for £1 (as long as you drink it at the bar). Opened December 2014 by four owners, including an Italian designer and three British-Italians. Even the loos make a design statement, including a shiny metallic women's dispenser that resembles a spare part for an espresso machine. A second and larger branch, Bar Termini Centrale, (31 Duke St, Marylebone, across from Selfridges, just north of Oxford St) opened in August 2017.

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