Levy Restaurants is helping the up and coming faces of interior and furniture design with a residency at its pop-up, Lavazza Lounge, at Somerset House.

Opened on Friday 16th November 2012, the Lavazza Lounge is situated in the recently renovated West Wing and commands views over Somerset House’s celebrated ice rink.

The 22-seat temporary space forms part of a new Christmas Arcade at Somerset House and has been conceived by emerging designer Helen Hughes, who has won national and international acclaim for her interior design. The Lavazza Lounge installation, executed by Benchmark Designs, focuses on the social aspect of café culture by encouraging interaction through the use of reflection.  Rich leathers provided by Whistler Leather and mirror-clad panels are the backdrop for an intimate room set, with furniture sourced from Yorkshire-based designers Naughtone.

Trained baristas are on hand to prepare coffees from machiatos to lattes in the daytime, and as the evening kicks in, espresso martinis and Champagne become order of the day.  Lavazza Lounge bites include macaroons, moreish peanut brittle and Baileys and Tia Maria-laced cupcakes.

The pop-up has been overseen by Levy Restaurants’ head of innovation, Roy Westwood:  “We wanted to create a space that has a synergy with one of the UK’s foremost arts and cultural centres and the recognised home of London Fashion Week.  Pop-ups are very much on trend at the moment, and it is great to bring the ‘foodie forward’ into a venue that is recognised for setting trends.”

The Lavazza Lounge is open Sunday to Thursday 11am – 9pm and Friday to Saturday 11am -10pm

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