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to life in the present

Pennethorne’s, Somerset House

A memorable experience starts with the discovery of what’s commonly unknown. At this café bar in London’s Somerset House that unknown happens to be Sir James Pennethorne, architect of the New Wing of this historic building.

The early nineteenth century saw the youthful Sir James embark on his Grand Tour: through France and on to Italy. That journey is fittingly reimagined through the food, wine, art, and objects of this his eponymous restaurant.

Sensitively conserved interiors are overlaid with contemporary insertions, bringing past and present together into dialogue.


London, United Kingdom




Conversion & Refurbishment


1,550 ft² / 145m2


Interior Design, FF&E Design, Branding

Midnight blue fashions an atmosphere of calm elegance.

Sir James Pennethorne, in this archival black and white photographic portrait, has been recoloured, bringing the man vividly to life

Plaster cameos of Sir James in profile gaze down on the diners daily experiencing his building.

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