London Date Idea – Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar

Somerset House

Last week I headed to Pennethorne’s Café at Somerset House, for drinks with some of the London dating industry’s brightest stars. Caroline Brealey is the nation’s top matchmaker – as crowned by both the UK Dating Awards, and the international iDate Awards. Katy Horwood is the multi-award winning blogger behind All Sweetness and Life, and Saskia Nelson is the UK’s only dating profile photo specialist – the lovely lady behind the photos of me plucking petals from roses in Battersea Park last summer.


At Pennethorne’s with Caroline Brealey and Katy Horwood (Photo by Saskia Nelson)

Pennethorne’s is a café tucked away in Somerset House, though calling it a café rather undersells it. What it really is, is a sleek, quiet bar, a stone’s through from the busy London South Bank.

Somerset House has always been somewhere I’d recommend for a date – whether you’re viewing one of the many art exhibits throughout the year, skating on the ice rink in winter, or laying out under the stars, watching a movie in Summer. But this was the first time I’ve ever gone there for dinner and drinks, and I was really impressed.


The atmosphere was nice and relaxed, but the bar had a high end feel, which worked well for girly drinks, and would have been equally well suited to a first date. We picked at meat and cheese platters, and a variety of small dishes from the bar menu, and were surprised by how quickly the evening ran away with us.


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