bar bruno's been part of the soho furniture for ever. so much so i only recently noticed it. it's a fantastic place, full of soho diversity; the usual tourists and shoppers, media/production people, the traditional craft/building crowd, visitors from old compton street's 'gay village' plus assorted loonies. it's very often crammed, especially behind the counter, where there are always a huge gang of blokes you really want to describe as 'italian-american'. though it would be odd if that were true.
there's a minimum charge at lunchtime, but you can find a booth in the evening for a thoughtful beverage.
the tea's only 50p which is fantastic for central london. and it's a great brew; blasted from one of those incredible metal and steam constructions, with bits of tea flowing over the side.