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Somerset House

Hire this venue for your own event - it has eight function rooms the largest of which can hold a maximum of 2000 guests and the smallest is ideal for 12.

Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, as well as the Embankment Galleries (which replaced the Hermitage Rooms and The Gilbert Collection - the latter re-opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2009). Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector of Edward VI, built the great mansion on the banks of the river to match his new-found status and rank. Following the Duke's execution for treason in 1552, the house passed onto Queen Elizabeth I and then Anne of Denmark and Norway - wife of James I - who christened it 'Denmark House'. Charles I's Queen, Henrietta Maria of France, was the next royal occupant. Having lived through the Civil War, the Great Fire, various refurbishments and other regal guests including Queen Catherine of Braganza, the palace fell into disrepair in the 1700s and was eventually demolished. Sir William Chambers was commissioned to design a replacement building whose purpose was to house various learned societies of the day. The current building still looks and feels like a palace with its great courtyard and elegant fountains, riverside terrace and magnificent collection of art and sculpture. It's easy to imagine a time when kings, queens and courtiers graced its grounds. Modern-day concerts now held in the courtyard echo the dramatic and musical masque entertainments popular during the reign of Anne of Denmark. While visitors have to pay to view the main galleries, admission to the courtyard, riverside terrace, restored Seamen's Hall, Nelson Stair, interpretation gallery and 18th century Commissioner's Barge are all free.

 

Somerset House events

 
Sony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionThe World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 12th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. More than 800 of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, 22nd April 2019Monday 6th May 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
event  Running until Monday 6th May 2019
TIMES  18th April to 6th May 2019  PRICING  On the door £10-£14 (Adults), Free (Children Under 12)
The World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 12th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. More than 800 of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, ... More about this event
 
Get Up, Stand Up NowGet Up, Stand Up NowA group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists celebrate the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.12th June 2019Sunday 15th September 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Get Up, Stand Up Now
event  Running from Wednesday 12th June 2019 until Sunday 15th September 2019
TIMES  12th June to 15th September 2019 - Various Times  PRICING  £12.50, concs £9.50
A group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists celebrate the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond.
The InternetThe InternetThe American five-piece performs soul and hip hop.11th July 2019Thursday 11th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
The Internet
event  Thursday 11th July 2019
TIMES  Thursday 11th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £41.25
The American five-piece performs soul and hip hop.
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesGrammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet kick off this year's Somerset House Summer Series, performing al fresco in the grand 18th-century courtyard. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, the event will also see Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, Parcels, and Cut Copy perform 11th July 2019Sunday 21st July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Somerset House Summer Series
event  Running from Thursday 11th July 2019 until Sunday 21st July 2019
TIMES  11th to 21st July 2019  PRICING  £31.25-£56.25 incl booking fee
Grammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet kick off this year's Somerset House Summer Series, performing al fresco in the grand 18th-century courtyard. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, the event will also see Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, Parcels, and Cut Copy perform ... More about this event
 
NAONAOThe soulful singer-songwriter from London performs songs from her album Saturn.12th July 2019Friday 12th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
NAO
event  Friday 12th July 2019
TIMES  Friday 12th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £36.75
The soulful singer-songwriter from London performs songs from her album Saturn.
Jacob BanksJacob BanksThe Nigerian-born but UK-raised singer performs his contemporary soul material.14th July 2019Sunday 14th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Jacob Banks
event  Sunday 14th July 2019
TIMES  Sunday 14th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £31.25
The Nigerian-born but UK-raised singer performs his contemporary soul material.
RosaliaRosaliaCatalan-born pop singer, who makes forays into flamenco, electronic and R&B on her forthcoming album El Mal Querer,15th July 2019Monday 15th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Rosalia
event  Monday 15th July 2019
TIMES  Monday 15th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £58.75, phone for availability
Catalan-born pop singer, who makes forays into flamenco, electronic and R&B on her forthcoming album El Mal Querer,
DovesDovesThis three-piece band who originate from Cheshire, bring their own style of alternative rock to the live stage.16th July 2019Tuesday 16th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Doves
event  Tuesday 16th July 2019
TIMES  Tuesday 16th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £33.75, phone for availability
This three-piece band who originate from Cheshire, bring their own style of alternative rock to the live stage.
The Good, The Bad & The QueenThe Good, The Bad & The QueenThe alt rock supergroup comprising Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong promotes the second studio album, Merrie Land.17th July 2019Wednesday 17th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
event  Wednesday 17th July 2019
TIMES  Wednesday 17th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £48.75
The alt rock supergroup comprising Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong promotes the second studio album, Merrie Land.
ParcelsParcelsPatrick Hetherington, Louie Swain, Noah Hill, Jules Crommelin and Anatole Serret from Berlin and Byron Bay performs its soul, funk and electro pop.18th July 2019Thursday 18th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Parcels
event  Thursday 18th July 2019
TIMES  Thursday 18th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £31.25
Patrick Hetherington, Louie Swain, Noah Hill, Jules Crommelin and Anatole Serret from Berlin and Byron Bay performs its soul, funk and electro pop.

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Courtauld Gallery

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
50
 

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Seamen's Hall

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
120
 

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Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Capacity

Other
2000
 

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Navy Board Rooms

Capacity

Dinner
12
 

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Portico Room

Capacity

Boardroom
100
 
Reception
250
 
Dinner
80
 

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Lecture Theatre

Capacity

Theatre
60
 

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River Terrace Structure

Capacity

Reception
550
 
Dinner
400
 

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The Hermitage Room

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Other
60
 

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