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Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar at Somerset House

Pennethorne’s Café Bar, named after Sir James Pennethorne, a 19th century English architect who designed the Somerset House New Wing in which the cafe bar resides, is London’s most stylish wining and all-day-dining cafe bar.
19th century chic reimagined – Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar combines the arts, culture, decadence and style of the early 19th century with the unique vibe of 21st century London. Think dandies with a dash of modern, edgy attitude, humour and personality.

Already famed for a stunning collection of cocktails that start at just £5, Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is quickly becoming the discerning choice for stylish Londoners looking to enjoy an equally stylish tipple and bite to eat.

From breakfast through to cocktail hour and beyond, Pennethorne’s is bustling with people looking for the finest collection of drinks – coffees, cocktails, wine or craft beers – to enjoy lazily in chic surroundings.

Located in the New Wing of Somerset House, just off The Strand, Waterloo Bridge and Aldwych, Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is the place to hang out, relax, unwind and enjoy simple, quality food and delicious drinks surrounded by stylish Victorian-chic interiors and grand Somerset House windows to watch London pass by. The all day wining and dining destination also offers outdoor seating and a private dining room for exclusive events.

Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar | The Food Experience The 85-cover Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is inspired by Pennethorne’s travels across Europe during the Grand Tour. The menu brings classic flavours from the Grand Tour travels to France and Italy 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 and baking specialist breads and pastries throughout the day.

Pennthorne’s Cafe Bar | Cocktail Hours
Pennethorne’s cocktails start from just £5 - making them firm favourites amongst guests. The cafe bar’s refined coffee culture continues into the evening with the signature Espresso Corretto, the finest coffee martini, made with coffees from the Three Sixty coffee collection - a delicious evening ‘pick me up’ for the true coffee-lover.

The cocktail collection, created by head mixologist, Paolo, includes:
Basil & Mint Martini – vodka, elderflower, basil, mint
Aperol Lemon Drop – Aperol, lime, orange
The Old Fashioned Cherry – bourbon, maraschino, pomegranate molasses, bitters
Chilli Martini – sloe gin, chilli, apple, rose, lemon
Chilled Venetian – Martini extra dry, orange bitters, prosecco, tonic
Sole Mio – Martini Rosso, orange & grapefruit soda, grapefruit bitters
The One Vodkatini – vodka, Martini Rosso, lemon and orange zests
Branca Mule – fernet branca, lime, somerset pomona, ginger beer

A night out with friends doesn’t always mean a stiff drink. The sober-social revolution is making an appearance in London and Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar at Somerset House is giving this emerging movement a nod with some delicious mocktails:
Spring Garden – mint, elderflower, cucumber, lime
Forest Harvest – raspberry, cranberry, lemon
Pepper Rose - grapefruit juice, lemon, rose syrup, pepper

With a range of bakery bites and small plates from Chef’s kitchen to enjoy alongside the signature cocktails and Paolo’s regular new creations, Pennethorne’s is quickly becoming London’s finest cocktail bar.

Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar | Craft Beers & Wine
Pennethorne’s is an artisan cafe bar and that commitment doesn’t end with the food. The bar stocks a selection of quality craft beers from London’s renowned CRATE brewery and now hosts regular Craft Beer Workshops with CRATE brewery.

The wine collection features signature wines from England, Italy and France, plus the best of the rest of the world.

Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar | Artisan Coffee
Coffee has become a huge part of the London lifestyle and Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is becoming the hot new coffee spot in London’s booming artisan coffee scene.

Featuring a Brew Bar and a selection of artistically made single origin coffees, Pennethorne’s is the coffee house for every-day coffee drinkers and the more astute aficionado. Coffee has become an art form and the Pennethorne’s coffee scene offers the best artisan coffee – the best taste, the best smell, the best art and the finest brew.

Each month, Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar celebrates a ‘coffee of the month’ from The Three Sixty Collection, sharing new flavours and coffee art each month. As the coffee culture continues to boom throughout London, Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar has launched ‘Aroma Lab Workshops’ to teach coffee-lovers how to make the perfect coffee.

Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar | Pre Theatre
Located in the heart of theatre-land, Pennethorne’s is the prefect pre show destination for quick bites and light dinners before the evening performance or after a lazy matinee. The pre-theatre menu is the perfect starting performance featuring a sample of the best dishes brought together to create a sharing board to please all taste buds.

For just £25.50, two diners can enjoy a delicious sharing board consisting of; mushrooms on toast, Beefeater salmon with pink radish and fennel on toast, egg and ham on toast as well as a bowl of creamy melt in the mouth fudge. The pre-theatre sharing board also comes with a glass of house Prosecco per person.

Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar | Private Dining
We all love a bit of exclusivity now and again and Pennethorne’s beautiful Drawing Room is the perfect private space for intimate get-togethers. Situated opposite the main café bar, the Drawing Room is available for private groups of up to 30 with exclusive and bespoke menus available.

The cafe bar is the perfect place to host a special occasion or celebrate with friends and family. The private dining room offers visitors to Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar two indulgent menus (priced £26.50 and £30 per person), making it the perfect option of a large party or exclusive get together.

Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar opened in November in the New Wing at Somerset House, the renowned arts and cultural centre in the heart of London.

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