Pennethornes cafe bar, if you are not in the know is a trendy hang out for youthful urbanites in the heart of the Westend’s Somerset House. Somerset is well known for hosting the London Fashion Weeks, but its also a culture center for art exhibitions and events for the creatives. In the winter months it hosts the festive ice skating and in the summer months you can also see movies screened outdoors that are projected on the walls of the building all the while you chill with friends in picnic style on the grounds. So the new addition to Somerset House by way of Pennethorne’s cafe is just befitting of this super cool venue just at the top of the Strand.
The cafe is located in New Wing of Somerset House. A sleek cafe-bar setting serving up breakfast and dinner treats, together with everything in between. Their menu is said to bring flavours from the Grand Tour travels of France and Italy by Sir James Pennethorne, a 19th Century archecture, whose travels served as an inspired for the menu. Lunch dishes ranges from small platters to roast dishes with breakfast taking on a sweeter note of pastries as well as smoked salmon bagels that as washed down by flavourful coffees and selection of teas.
While I was there, we sampled a few of the items on the menu and I have to say I am in Love with the freshly baked breads(baked on site) with a side of the goat cheese. Just delicious! With a wine collection to challenge even those that fancy themselves as wine buffs and cocktails that are infused with coffee liquor and martinis inspired by Italy’s alchol-infused corretto it really is the new place to hang out on the River Thames. The surroundings are not bad on the eyes either.
I have already been a few times and its fast becoming my little hang out after my walks on the Southbank riverside. Below are some of my shots from my visits. Bare in mind that most of the time I have visited I have only had my phone to hand, so the pictures probably don’t do enough justice to just how cute this place is.