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Delicate and refined, this tour keeps things light and Mediterranean

Small Serves in Soho

Jane Ryan
Squashed in among Soho's raucous mess of gay bars and experimental theatre is a medley of seriously good tapas spots, as global cuisines are reduced fiesta sharing bowls to bite-size morsels. With this came a slew of aperitif-style cocktails only the Italians could dream up. Start your evening with a delicious glass of wine and a nibble at Polpetto, taste incredible seafood tapas at Barrafina and end the evening in the intimate Bar Termini sipping on Martinis and Negronis.
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    11 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0PL


    Mon-Sat 12.00-23.00 Sun 12.00-22.30

    Arrive between 5:30pm - 7pm. This long, low-lit space is definitely more restaurant than bar, yet the short Italian wine list stands respected in its own right, from fresh, light styles all the way through to the rich and bold. Polpetto essentially feels comfortable and somehow familiar with its antiqued decor, pressed glass lamps, long red leather banquette and handful of intimate booths. Settled at the bar observing the bubbling atmosphere it’s a gentle reminder that London is a fantastic place to live, drink and eat. Sip on a glass of wine, or better yet the lesser known Italian fizz Franciacorta and order a starter such as Camone winter tomatoes from Sardinia dressed in oil.

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    Bar Termini


    7 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JE


    Mon-Thu 07.30-23.30 Fri 07.30-00.00 Sat 09.00-00.00 Sun 10.30-22.30

    Arrive before 10pm. Small and offering a taste of that famed La Dolce Vita, the room is dominated by the light eau de nil banquettes and rich wood tables, all brought together by the exposed brickwork and small corner bar. In keeping with small serves of the evening, the drinks here are nothing to drown in, making it the perfect spot to sip and digest. Opt for the Marsala Martini made with gin, Marsala Dolce, dry vermouth and almond bitters or work through the three Negroni options created by co-owner and cocktail legend Tony Conigliaro, from pink peppercorn to classic or rose petal-infused.


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