Bar Italia is an old feature of late-night London: one of the few places you could go when the boozers closed. This classic espresso bar - a long thin room with a counter on one side and a shelf on the other - is filled at pretty much any hour of the night with a chattering crowd who spill on to the pavement with their coffee and cake.

Despite the generally perceived nature of late-nighters en masse, Frith Street is probably one of the safest roads in the city as a result of it being there. Good for an injection of caffeine before or after a session of flirty salsa in the upstairs club at Ronnie Scotts.

Bar Italia, Frith St W1 (071-437 4520).

Tomorrow: The Orange Brewery, Pimlico Rd SW1.

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