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New Piccadilly

New Piccadilly, 8 Denman Street, City of Westminster, London W1, 2003 • This Italian institution was so famous I thought plenty of other people would record it (and I was right – there’s a Flickr group here), so never got a decent shot of the outside, or even attempted the inside, which was an overwhelmingly retro yellow formica time capsule. Here it is in its latter days; it closed for redevelopment in 2007 and is unrecognisable now. According to the excellent article here, Lorenzo Marioni, the proprietor for 50 years, took away or destroyed all traces before retiring to Italy. I have to say, the few times I ate there, the food and coffee were terrible, they couldn’t even make a decent omelette. You can get the idea from the scrawled sign in the window offering “try our signature dish of jungli hot chicken curry & eggs with rice £6”.

New Piccadilly



New Piccadilly

New Piccadilly

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