The aim of the design brief was to create a space which would provide a completely different feel from the other restaurants at Somerset House.
Somerset House is one of the UK’s finest and largest 18th century buildings, it is Grade 1 listed and of international importance to our architectural heritage.
With extensive specialist expertise in the hospitality sector, Portview is experienced in delivering award-winning, world class interiors for the top hotels, bars, restaurants, spas and leisure establishments in the UK and Ireland.
The design takes inspiration from Sir James Pennethorne, the architect who completed the magnificent New Wing and references influences from Pennethorne’s European Grand Tour.
The interior treatment is rich, dark and daringly moody. It reflects early 19th century tastes and adds a contemporary twist, with grey and ink-blue walls, antiqued bronze mirrors, dark timber, Carrera marble counter tops and bespoke banquettes in navy leather and velvet.
The walls are decorated with hand-carved cameos.
“The challenges of the project came from working within a Grade 1 listed building and the complex joinery items. Portview coped well with a busy site, a short programme and restricted deliveries to site. The client is very happy with the result.”