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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.

 

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Skate At Somerset HouseSkate At Somerset HouseSkate At Somerset HouseThe grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngste19th November 2017Sunday 14th January 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Now On
Skate At Somerset House
event  Running until Sunday 14th January 2018
TIMES  15th November 2017 to 14th January 2018  PRICING  £7.50-£17 plus booking fees
The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngste... More about this event
 
North: Fashioning IdentityNorth: Fashioning IdentityNorth: Fashioning IdentitySomerset House explores the contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England with new exhibition, North: Fashioning Identity. With over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks, it highlights how the realities of life in the north during the mid-20th century inspired a new generation of photographers, artists and de19th November 2017Sunday 4th February 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Ongoing
North: Fashioning Identity
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TIMES  8th November 2017 to 4th February 2018  PRICING  Adult £7, concession £5
Somerset House explores the contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England with new exhibition, North: Fashioning Identity. With over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks, it highlights how the realities of life in the north during the mid-20th century inspired a new generation of photographers, artists and de... More about this event
 
Hassan Hajjaj: La CaravaneHassan Hajjaj: La CaravaneHassan Hajjaj: La CaravaneThis October, Somerset House hosts a homecoming exhibition on British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition will showcase his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures, which he has picked up by splitting his time between the UK and Morocco. Visitors will be able to see the artist's colourful photographic portraits, which blend the glossy aes19th November 2017Sunday 7th January 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOngoing
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane
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TIMES  5th October 2017 to 7th January 2018  PRICING  Free
This October, Somerset House hosts a homecoming exhibition on British-Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. The exhibition will showcase his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures, which he has picked up by splitting his time between the UK and Morocco. Visitors will be able to see the artist's colourful photographic portraits, which blend the glossy aes... More about this event
 
Skate Lates: Phonica RecordsSkate Lates: Phonica RecordsDance and electro from London's leading vinyl specialists plus resident LoneLady.22nd November 2017Wednesday 22nd November 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Skate Lates: Phonica Records
event  Wednesday 22nd November 2017
TIMES  Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 8pm, 9.15pm and 10.30pm  PRICING  £17
Dance and electro from London's leading vinyl specialists plus resident LoneLady.
Skate Lates: Down The RoadSkate Lates: Down The RoadThe best in Grime, including exclusives from guest collaborators and emerging talent, featuring Kamakaze, Massappeals and Just Geo.23rd November 2017Thursday 23rd November 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Skate Lates: Down The Road
event  Thursday 23rd November 2017
TIMES  Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 8pm, 9.15pm and 10.30pm  PRICING  £17
The best in Grime, including exclusives from guest collaborators and emerging talent, featuring Kamakaze, Massappeals and Just Geo.
Skate Lates: Larry AchiampongSkate Lates: Larry AchiampongThe artist employs imagery and aural and visual archives to create a live performance, examining the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position.24th November 2017Friday 24th November 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Skate Lates: Larry Achiampong
event  Friday 24th November 2017
TIMES  Friday 24th November 2017 - 8pm  PRICING  £17
The artist employs imagery and aural and visual archives to create a live performance, examining the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position.
Skate Lates: BalamiiSkate Lates: BalamiiA host of DJs from the Peckham-based radio show supply classic house bangers, disco and club classics.29th November 2017Friday 1st December 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Skate Lates: Balamii
event  Running from Wednesday 29th November 2017 until Friday 1st December 2017
TIMES  29th November, 30th November and 1st December 2017 - 8pm  PRICING  £17
A host of DJs from the Peckham-based radio show supply classic house bangers, disco and club classics.
Skate Lates: Eat Your Own EarsSkate Lates: Eat Your Own EarsThe Field Day founders and promoters present a selection of indie, electro and pop courtesy of resident and guest DJs.6th December 2017Friday 8th December 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Skate Lates: Eat Your Own Ears
event  Running from Wednesday 6th December 2017 until Friday 8th December 2017
TIMES  6th, 7th and 8th December 2017 - 8pm  PRICING  £17
The Field Day founders and promoters present a selection of indie, electro and pop courtesy of resident and guest DJs.
Beatrice Dillon: Taut LineBeatrice Dillon: Taut LineA multi-channel sound installation by the New Studio's resident, reconfigured for the venue's rarely accessible underground tunnel running beneath the courtyard.7th December 2017Thursday 7th December 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Beatrice Dillon: Taut Line
event  Thursday 7th December 2017
TIMES  Thursday 7th December 2017 at 7pm, 7.45pm and 8.30pm  PRICING  £5
A multi-channel sound installation by the New Studio's resident, reconfigured for the venue's rarely accessible underground tunnel running beneath the courtyard.
Skate Lates: Unity RadioSkate Lates: Unity RadioDJs from the urban dance music station take over featuring hip hop courtesy of DJ Dubz.13th December 2017Wednesday 13th December 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Skate Lates: Unity Radio
event  Wednesday 13th December 2017
TIMES  Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 8pm, 9.15pm and 10.30pm  PRICING  £17
DJs from the urban dance music station take over featuring hip hop courtesy of DJ Dubz.

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Courtauld Gallery

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Reception
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Dinner
50
 

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Seamen's Hall

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200
 
Dinner
120
 

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Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

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Other
2000
 

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Dinner
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100
 
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250
 
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River Terrace Structure

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Reception
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Dinner
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60
 

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