Tom’s Terrace – Somerset House

September 8, 2011

While summer is slowly fading away, it’s time to get back to blogging. C’est la rentrée ! Hope it will last a bit longer than before.
My come back began with an article about the restaurant Fish! where I spent a lovely evening a few days ago, when it was still warm outside. The day after, we went with my friend to another new place to keep enjoying outdoor spots while it’s still possible!

I’ve got to say I really enjoy getting back to this “new-places-discovery” life 🙂 And today’s about Tom’s Terrace, the outdoor bar of Somerset House.

Short summary about Somerset House, directly from their website:

Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London’s favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.

Yes, hefty program.
I’ve already been to the Courtauld Gallery, located right at Somerset House, and I quite enjoyed it. It’s not big and so you can see nice art exhibitions without getting tired just because they seem to be endless. The fountains in the courtyard are very relaxing, you can sit at one of the tables available all around and enjoy the sight. Last time some kids were running all around in the water, they were enjoying themselves so much, I wish I could join them!!

After passing the courtyard, you enter the other part of Somerset House called the Seamen’s Hall which is a very beautiful building combining Corinthian columns with a classical black and white marble floor. Next time I’ll definitely try to visit that part!

But for now, let’s go further down from the Seamen’s Hall to Tom’s Terrace and its views across the River Thames.

(image from Somerset House website)

Most of the terrace is covered by a big white tent as you can see on the picture. There’s a bar and various kinds of sits: high chairs/tables, couches, and classic tables. The atmosphere is light and trendy. You can relax on a sofa with a nice cocktail and some lounge music.
We shared a milk chocolate mousse with caramelized hazelnuts – absolutely delicious!!! (I wanted to get another one, just for myself!).

> Verdict: This is definitely the place to go if you want to have a drink outside in a great environment where you can feel you’re a bit cut from the rest of the city. Highly recommended during summer. I wouldn’t say it’s overpriced – to give you a rough idea:

  • Bubbles: glass around £9
  • Wine: glass around £6
  • Cocktails: £9.50 – soft: £4.50
  • Delicious chocolate mousse: £7.75

No bookings!
DJ nights throughout the summer!
Next step: try out Tom’s Kitchen where Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens might treat us to a delicious meal.

Infos: Tom’s Terrace, Somerset House – Strand, London, WC2R 1LA – 0207 845 4646 – Temple station – bar open from 12pm to late everyday (7pm Sunday’s)

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