Moody interiors bring glamour to this basement bar in London, named after the Hindu moon god and serving a list of Indian-inspired cocktails.
Soma is the latest outpost by Kricket founders Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell, and leans into its subterranean location with a set of CAKE Architecture-designed interiors. The studio deployed a dark colour palette –steel grey, charcoal black and navy blue – that’s offset by bright, globe-shaped lights.
Guests sit at a nine-metre-long stainless steel bar with space for 23 to order from Soma’s list of reimagined classics – including a chaat masala margarita and a banana daiquiri. CAKE has gestured towards the name of the bar, installing a glowing moon-shaped artwork above the speakeasy’s mustard yellow sofas.
Those planning a more intimate gathering at the London bar can tuck themselves into one of Soma’s arch-shaped nooks, covered in rough grey plaster that resembles the lunar surface, and bathed in sci-fi-style uplighting.