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Harry's Bar London

Words + Photography by Luke Alland, using Leica's Q2 Reporter.

Harry's Bar holds a number of wonderful memories for myself as well as the rest of The Accessible Magazine team. It's an Italian staple that successfully manages to transfer its mystique and chic within Italy, to London and New York.

The original Harry's Bar now has cult status amongst the culinary, hospitality and, oddly enough, menswear communities, partly down to the casual, camaraderie-fuelled origin story. In the late 1920s, Harry Pickering, a wealthy young American, was a regular patron of the Hotel Europa in Venice. Giuseppe Cipriani was a bartender at the time. One day, Pickering stopped showing up for his usual tipple. As it turned out, it was rumoured that his family had found out about his drinking habit and cut him off. Cipriani lent him 10,000 lire to prop him up and, two years later, Pickering returned to the Hotel Europa with 50,000 lire which he gave to Cipriani. The additional 40,000 was enough to open a bar—and that's exactly what they did.

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