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Pennethorne's Cafe Bar | The Drawing Room


Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is the latest opening at the iconic Somerset House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the all day wining and dining destination now offers a private dining room for exclusive, desirable and stylish events.


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 40 (standing). As well as boardroom meetings of up to 26 people and exclusive breakfasts, lunches and dinners for up to 36, each with different exclusive and bespoke menus available.


Designed by SHH, the Drawing Room seating includes single and double ‘love seats’ by Ercol in two-tone pale and black timber. Antiqued bronze mirrors grace the grand walls and classic 19th century references are offset by highly contemporary lighting, with a pair of Ruben light fittings suspended from two brass poles, which are in turn hung from the ceiling on leather straps.


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 various indulgent menus throughout the day and two exclusive canapè menus, providing the perfect food and beverage options for any occasion.


The menus include a range of Pennethorne’s delicious one of a kind dishes, with different set menus and canapé selections inspired by the countries visited during Sir James Pennthorne’s Grand Tour of Europe. Including ‘A Taste of Great Britain’ canapé selection featuring goats curd and smoked haddock, and ‘A Taste of France’ featuring beetroot macaroons, smoked salmon caviar and baked Camembert. Each canapé selection comes with half a bottle of house prosecco per person.


The Drawing Room is also the perfect spot for stylish breakfast or lunch meetings. Guest will enjoy an array of different pastries, bagels, open sandwiches and salads. Hot drinks and juices are included in breakfast and lunch packages, and menu can be altered to suit dietary requirements.


A minimum spend applies for The Drawing Room, for further information on packages or to book, please click here.

Think chic birthday party, trendy work board meeting or simply a night out with friends, the Drawing Room at Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is sure to become a London favourite and charming hidden gem. An all-day-dining destination, the 85-cover Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar is the place to hang out, relax, unwind and enjoy delicious, simple and quality food and drinks in one of London’s most iconic settings.



Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar | At A Glance

Address | Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar, The New Wing, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA

Website | http://www.pennethornescafe.co.uk/

Twitter | https://twitter.com/pennethornes

Opened | 28 November

Opening Hours | Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm

Manager | Ramon Puente

Head Chef | Richard Robinson

Baker | Michela Potesta

Bakery | Baking for the cafe and take-away Monday to Saturday

Food | Informal, artisan, deli-style all-day dining

Coffee | Three Sixty Blend Number One

Beer | London craft beers

Wines | From the UK, France and Italy and worldwide

Cocktails | From £4.75

Covers | 85

Interior Designer | SHH - http://www.shh.co.uk/

  • Brendan Heath, Associate Director – Project head

  • Georgia Stevenson, Interior Designer – Lead designer

  • Rose McShane, Architectural Designer – Project architect

  • SHH has just been named 'Interior Design Practice of the Year' at the FX International Interior Design Awards 2014: one of the biggest design prizes of the year. The practice is also currently shortlisted as 'Interior Architect of the Year' at the Architect of the Year Awards.

About Somerset House | Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 2 million visitors to the site, providing a centre for arts and culture in the heart of London, as well as housing numerous creative communities. The varied, year-round programme includes an open air film and concert season and ice rink, as well as temporary exhibitions focusing on contemporary fashion, design, art and architecture, family workshops and free guided tours. In September 2009, Somerset House became the new home of London Fashion Week. For press enquiries about Somerset House, contact Josephine Rodrigues on Josephine.rodrigues@somersethouse.org.uk | 020 7845 4638