Congratulations to Mark Cavendish, what a year!

All of us at Bar Italia and Little Italy would like to add our congratulations to cyclist Mark Cavendish for his award of Sports Personality of The Year last night.

The award rounds off the perfect year for Mark, who’s cycling achievements have made history. He became the first ever Briton to win the Green Jersey at the Tour de France, and the first British male to win the Rainbow jersey since 1965. On top of that, he brought his Tour de France stage win tally up to 20 and won the Olympic Test Event in Surrey.

Cav is a regular visitor to Frith Street and it is always a delight to welcome him.

Ray Gelato at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

We were at the early show at Ronnies last night to catch Ray Gelato and his Giants perform in front of a packed crowd. Indeed all of Ray’s shows there from now until New Years Eve are SOLD OUT. Well done to him and the chaps.

The highlight of the set was hearing the song ‘Bar Italia – Where You Wanna Be’ which went down a storm with a lot of the punters in the crowd, one or two of whom knew the lyrics!

As Ray said from the stage the song is available from iTunes for 79 pence, so, go on , treat yourself for Christmas!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bar-italia-where-you-wanna/id484929427

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A 'Blackout' in Soho

As was widely reported in the news media, we suffered a power-cut in Soho last Friday. It went on for many hours and was a severe hit to our trade.

We would just like to thank all our customers for their patience and also thank The Soho Hobo for providing the entertainment

LBC presenter James Whale is a regular to the Bar and Little Italy and he discussed the power-cut on his show on Friday

http://lbc.audioagain.com/

Update on the 'Night-Life' tax…

We mentioned here a couple of weeks ago, the growing campaign against Westminster Councils plans to introduce parking charges for the West End re: evenings and weekends.

Well those who complained claimed a small victory yesterday after the ‘Night-Life’ tax was scrapped until after next years Olympic games.

This from last night’s Evening Standard

‘Westminster’s plans for evening and Sunday parking charges have been scrapped until after the Olmpics. The victory for campaigners against the ‘Tax on nightlife’ came after a High Court judge ordered the council to put the plans on hold, saying there was a risk they would ‘damage business and churches’

The move came after:

It emerged that Downing Street leaned on council leaders to abandon the charges. London’s Mayor, Boris Johnston hailed the postponement as ‘Wise and brave’ and the ‘right decision for Londoners’