Somerset House is always a favourite of mine. Whether it was a Film4 open-air viewing of Cabaret, a look at the wonderful Tim Walker exhibition, lunch at Fernandez & Wells or most recently a fashionable afternoon of Blumenfeld photography, Somerset House always has something that takes my fancy and it is always on my list of things to do in London.
After an hour of browsing photography or a fashion exhibition a stop-off at Tom’s is just what the doctor (or your rumbling tummy) ordered. Tom Aikens owner of a michelin star, a hugely successful restaurant in Chelsea and Tom’s Kitchen in Somerset House was not content with his accomplishments and added to his already impressive culinary CV with Tom’s Deli. Tom’s Deli is the smaller and more casual feeding opportunity at Somerset House with delicious British produce being served daily from salads to meats to fresh juices and cakes.
With a coat of white paint, chalk menus and rustic wooden benches this contemporary set-up offers the perfect surroundings for enjoying a light bite to eat and a much needed gossip and catch-up with friends.
Why the empty seats? I wondered the same question as usually Tom’s Deli is buzzing with people. The answer could be found by looking through the window out onto the courtyard and fountains. The minute the sun comes out everyone flocks outside and can be found tucking into their brownies and coffee on tables overlooking the fountains. It is such a sun trap that it would be silly to stay indoors, so if you are blessed with a cloud-free sky and and an optimistic weather forecast then grab your drinks and head outside.