Michelin-starred chef Skye Gyngell, formerly head chef at Petersham Nurseries Café, is in advanced talks to take one of the available units at Somerset House.
It is thought that the chef has not yet exchanged on the site but is hoping to open a restaurant called Spring at the location.
Ollie Dabbous, whose eponymous restaurant won its first Michelin star eight months after opening, had also been in talks to open at the property under a joint venture with SSP, but is now thought to be concentrating on his new Barnyard Restaurant in Charlotte Street.
Restaurant operators are being sought for the New Wing at the listed Grade 1 property.
Davis Coffer Lyons (DCL) were appointed to seek operators for two new units at the Strand and River facing New Wing at the historic property, which already counts Tom Aiken’s Tom’s Kitchen, Tom’s Deli and Fernandez and Wells as tenants, last year.
The two premises comprise of approximately 4,500sq ft of ground floor space each with further back of house space in the basement levels. Each space incorporates a “stunning period drawing room” at the ends of the wings one being close to the Strand and Covent Garden and the other with views overlooking the river and the river front terrace.
The Wing has been vacated by HMRC who spent some 250 years in occupation at Somerset House.
Gyngell appointed advisers last year to aid in her search for her first London restaurant.
The chef’s Morningside Group appointed CWM to help find a 3,000sq ft property, with 80 covers, in the capital, with Notting Hill, Chelsea, Fulham and Holland Par preferred locations
The Australian chef and food writer said the proposed restaurant would “display bowls of seasonal fruit and vegetables giving it a market feel with a semi-open kitchen”.