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Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar - Somerset House, London

3rd Feb 2015

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Pennethorne’s Café Bar, named after Sir James Pennethorne, a 19th-century English architect and RIBA award winner, who designed the Somerset House New Wing in which the new cafe bar resides, is now open in London’s iconic Somerset House

Pennethorne's Café Bar is undoubtedly inspired by Pennethorne’s travels across Europe during the Grand Tour. Working prolifically under his mentor John Nash, Pennethorne is associated with various buildings and parks in central London. The architect received a Gold Medal from RIBA in 1857 for his completion of Somerset House on the Strand with the addition of the West Wing where this very cafe bar now sits.

Bringing classic flavours from the Grand Tour travels to France and Italy, Pennethorne's Café Bar brings it all to life with a modern English twist. The menu, designed by head chef Richard Robinson, features all-day dining small plates. At the heart of the menu is the bakery, located on site at Somerset House, while served morning, noon and night, a coffee brew bar, artisan coffees, craft beers and the finest selection of English, French and Italian wines accompany the menu.

Architects and interior designers SHH drew on Nash's Italianate influence, enhancing the already regal space with its high ceilings and ornate coving, finishing it with a smart blue and white colour palette of which Pennethorne would be more than proud.

Discover more about SHH on the Domus Nova Architect Guide

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar, New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R; /