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About Pennethorne's

Pennethorne’s is the sophisticated wine and cocktail bar located in the New Wing in Central London’s iconic Somerset House. It’s absolutely perfect for guests who expect to attend only the most stylish, exclusive events.

The venue is defined by its stunning catering experiences. Pennethorne’s is open all day for morning coffee and croissants, light lunches and sophisticated evening cocktails. Meanwhile, the carefully curated wine list is influenced by the Grand Tour of Europe popular in the Victorian era when the New Wing was built, with a focus on France, Spain and Italy. Its private room is ideal for board meetings or private dining occasions. 

Event Spaces

Pennethorne’s Bar and Drawing Room are a choice space for private dinners and receptions with a luxury, stylish feel.

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    • Pennethorne's Drawing Room

    The Drawing Room

    Capacity: 40

    Opposite the main bar, the discreet Drawing Room is ideal for special private occasions and versatile enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    • Unique Space
    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
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    Pennethorne's Bar and Drawing Room – Exclusive Use

    Capacity: 100

    Enjoy exclusive use of the entire Pennethorne’s Bar and Drawing room, for when you are truly looking to impress.

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    • Natural Daylight
    • Screen

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
The Drawing Room 40 30 20 - - - 24 40
Pennethorne's Bar and Drawing Room – Exclusive Use 100 - - - - - - 100


Guests will have no trouble getting to Pennethorne’s. Somerset House is next to Temple Tube Station, a short walk to Charing Cross Train Station, and within 10 miles of London City Airport.


  • London Charing Cross 0.4 Miles
  • Temple 0.2 Miles
  • M1 JCT 1 6.2 Miles
  • London City Airport 7.1 Miles


New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London, WC2R 1LA

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Special offers at Pennethorne's

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    Ways to be Well

    Our nutritionally designed menus have been created by incorporating a holistic approach to nutrition and wellbeing with a focus on how they can support both physical and mental wellbeing.


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    All of our venues have been allocated Venue Directory’s Green Accreditation. Having this Green Accreditation demonstrates all of our venue’s commitment to sustainability, allowing you to book with confidence that it will be as environmentally friendly as possible and with the assurance that our venues are a greener choice for your event.

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Private Dining

Book your reception at Pennethorne’s, where the space offers a magical, stylish experience for your guests, with an industry-leading catering team already on site.

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Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates are proud to work with some of the UK’s most iconic and unique venues, from Tudor castles to contemporary art galleries. Their food philosophy is underpinned by their commitment to championing sustainability through seasonal menus and ethically sourced British produce. They deliver everything from intimate receptions to grand dinners, parties, exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and believe in making every event extraordinary.  

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This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise: 

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.