All students have their typical hang-out coffee shop or bar, where they’re bound to run into someone they know, are friends with the staff, and typically spend far too much time “studying” (read: drinking black coffee and fiddling with apple products). For us, it is without a doubt Fernandez and Wells, the Soho tapas bar-cum-coffee-shop that expanded into the King’s Law wing of Somerset House. Pictured above (photo cred to Tricia de Courcy Ling) is Somerset House courtyard, with F+W and their outdoor seating on the left.
The food is delicious, and manages to please at every hour of the day: for breakfast we give in to the eggs and chorizo on sourdough, or the delicious taktouka:
For lunch there are a variety sandwiches that tend to be more exciting than their competitors: think chorizo and rocket, or emmenthal, cotto, cornichons, and mustard mayo, or salads and a daily stew or soup:
The location is ideal and there are huge windows to watch the varied students, artistic types, and cultural sector workers that congregate in the area. The wine list is extensive and they serve delicious Camden Hells beer, and the tapas can be quite reasonable. The teas- though pricey- are all provided by Postcard Teas, off New Bond St, which means they are fantastic and should please even the pickiest tea-nazi. We’ve wiled away countless hours there, and even if you are just passing through the area or visiting the Courtauld or the latest Somerset House exhibition, it is worth a popping in for a fiercely strong macchiato or just a pasteis de nata.