Londons ONLY dedicated Mod scooter club. We meet sundays at 6pm at Bar Italia on Frith St in Soho. Expect plenty of coffee and scenic rideouts throught London. We also provide scooters and riders for film, tv and photography work.
Bar Italia on Frith St in London's Soho has always been a hang out for like minded sharp cats. Since the emergence of the underground Modern Jazz scene in the 50's, people have gravitated towards this late opening family run establishment, as it promises some of London's best coffee as well as somewhere to watch the world go by. Things haven't changed that much since then. Still run by the same family, the independent coffee house is open 22 hours a day and offers a cup of ground cocoa second to none. The awards in the shop are testament to this!
As time has progressed, those scooter loving cappuccino kids have pilgrimaged from far and wide to taste the brew and soak up the atmosphere that is effectively the birthplace of the movement they revel in. Needless to say, friendships are formed and grand plans hatched when the aroma of cocoa beans in the background. So, in 2002, a group of London based Mods decided to make it official. With the blessing of the family running the coffee house to use the shop as a 'clubhouse' and the name of the establishment as their scooter club name, so it was that Bar Italia Scooter Club was born.
The club has always kept a 'modernist' approach to things. Riding to club nights en masse, organising rideouts to the seaside or passed/through iconic landmarks (Brighton Bank Holiday, Buckingham Palace Rideout), or being involved in film/photographic shoots and special events (Brighton Rock filming, Peroni rebranding, Baracuta product launch, Umbrella underground style magazine, Reading Steady Go Mod exhibition, various international style publications, music video clips,....). We also happily collaborate with club promoters to create that authentic '60's/Mod vibe.
2012 was a fantastic year with a lot of public interest in London life. Our continued programme of scooter rides and events sees things move up a notch to celebrate the year of the Olympics and The Queens Diamond Jubilee. Not to mention taking part in the usual classic scooter riders calender.
2013 is proving to be busy busy busy! Check out the updates on the club wall below and in the 'Pages' section for regular updates. Annual Rides are below and remember our Sunday night meets at Bar Italia from 6pm still take place pretty much weekly if the weather is good!
Bar Italia SC events for 2013
24th March- Kickstart Rideout. The first 'big ride' for the year, clubs from around the country meet at the iconic London Eye and proceed to ride through the capital, finishing at the amazing Old Royal Naval College in the heart of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Scooter competition and hog roast on arrival
25th May- Buckingham Palace Rideout. The club teams up with the New Untouchables (60's/Mod group) for the Timebox Weekender club. We meet at Gt Marlbrough Street end of Carnaby Street and ride through Central London, stopping by the Palace en route, and end up in The Strongroom Bar for a scooter competition and an afternoon of music and food, following into the Timebox evening.
August Bank Holiday 2013- London to Brighton Ride and New Untouchables Bank Holiday Weekender. Again teaming up with the NUTS team, we will be leading the charge of scooters along the seafront in Brighton as part of the bank holiday Mod weekender.
We will also be continuing to meet on the last Sunday of each month as the official meeting and all other sundays as an optional meet.
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