When fashion designers try and do restaurants or bars or hotels they can get it wrong (par example the Versace Hotel in Miami), but trust Burberry to get it so right with their first Café opening: ‘Thomas’’ (names after the founder, Thomas Burberry).
It is beautiful, undeniably so. With dark walls, dim lighting and a welcoming fireplace, it feels like you’ve walked into someone’s very sophisticated but cosy country home. And while it’s clear that the interiors are well thought through and stylish, it’s done in an understated, unpretentious way. Nothing flashy, or too polished. A bit like the brand itself.
Finding somewhere to go for coffee is difficult around Regent Street, unless you’re happy to settle with Pret or Café Nero and a bunch of tourists. So Thomas’s is welcome for more than one reason. Also, you can book, which means no unnecessary and tedious queuing for brunch. And lastly, while you’d think it would have the same eye-watering prices as Burberry itself, you’re wrong. It’s not cheap, of course. But it’s reasonable. And everything, from the beautiful presentation of the eggs with soldiers, to the tea with its own hour glass timer which tells you when the tea leaves have brewed to their optimum, is delightful.
I could happily sit there for hours, sipping my cappuccino, watching people come and go, until it’s cocktail hour and then gently move on to one of their G&Ts. There is no rush to leave your table (or if there was, we never felt it).
You are so well looked after here, by young, good looking, could-be Burberry models. Who are exceptionally polite and accommodating. But my favourite thing about the place is the soundtrack, which I recognised from their impossibly glamorous Christmas advert casually starring Siena Miller and Lily James (and which I still wish was a trailer to a 2 hour long movie).
And so, with January around the corner, this is a place that will make you embrace winter. And be the perfect refuge for your post sale shop.
5 Vigo Street / 121 Regent Street