dreaming of a double espresso at bar italia (because we’re getting the surgery date tomorrow).

wanted to do a cute headline but settling for the truth instead. finding out tomorrow when the surgery will be. am going to do that excellent self-care notion and not argue with the medical establishment (a first) but am traveling/travelling for work (then pleasure) most of the summer and am desperate not to be stuck with my neck in agony avoiding opiate pain-killers until at least the end of august. as you can imagine…..

so – in the spirit of avoiding reality and dreaming of another location – we would rather be here!

team gloria whiled away many a splendid morning-afternoon-evening at bar italia (from the late 1980s+) because it was where you could see (and studiously ignore in a deeply cool london-way) the beautiful people (see below, helpfully annotated by us with links to nick kamen’s 501 commercial and ray petri for those who want to know more like the fabulous H near the beach in santa monica).

quelle memories!: rushing through the rain-soaked streets of soho, via old compton street, down wardour street, to the 24 hour professional photography joint joe’s basement (sigh – another RIP – just found out it closed…) to drop off rolls of film (yes children, history lesson) from our first (and last now we come to think of it) gig as a photographer on a pop video shoot (heady days).

here’s a little cultural commentary from bar italia’s site


This is where the cafe culture of the 80’s began. Soho went through a huge renaissance in the 80s and music played an enormous part. Ray Petri of the Buffalo organisation, along with people such as Nick and Barry Kamen, all used to use Bar Italia as their office.

Ray Petri actually used to have his castings in the Bar.

Adam Ant did his record cover Vive Le Rock at Bar Italia. A great guy.

Nino was actually in the video for Sade’s Smooth operator video along with Antonio.

…………………more here


11 thoughts on “dreaming of a double espresso at bar italia (because we’re getting the surgery date tomorrow).

    1. We have absolutely no memory of ever eating in Balans……..curiously.

      plates of cheap pasta at that joint at the end – with derek jarman on the next table but one, yes.

      but no recollection of actual meals at Balans.

      how the mind plays tricks with one. YEARS wiped out. all those nights at Duckie all merged into one very long movie reel ;)

  1. Thanks for the Soho memories, I’m sure I put that youth somehwere, just can’t seem to lay my hand on it……….
    As Danny La Rue once said to me ‘I’m so famous you know they call me Mr and Mrs Soho!’

    You are big in my thoughts and heart always – but extra at the moment.
    Keep us posted darling.

    Lots of love W xx

    1. you’re terrible Muriel ;)

      thank you for the thoughts – and for the mental image of the big blonde with the maribou and a full slap of make-up – ah Ms. La Rue – genius.

  2. Darling will you let me know when you know.
    and do you hate it when people go all Julia Norwich on you, and tell you that all is well, and all will be well, and all is in perfect time, exactly as it is all meant to be? Which I’m fine with, of course, until my plans are disrupted or the car/train/bus/plane is late. Or any time I feel like I might not be in control. Then it drives me mad when people talk about the divine order of things. I love you madly.

    1. you’re the best!

      cue: giggling at the (day job) desk!

      we can just hear your voice whenever we read your words 1904 – deliriously happy whenever we do so.

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