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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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Design FrontiersDesign FrontiersMore than 30 of the world's leading designers, including the director of design at Jaguar, are taking part in Design Frontiers, a group exhibition at Somerset House showing work which challenges and breaks through frontiers. Coinciding with London Design Festival, the exhibition includes designs by Ian Callum at Jaguar, Tord Boontje for Swarovski, 19th September 2017Sunday 24th September 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventNow On
Design Frontiers
event  Running until Sunday 24th September 2017
TIMES  18th to 24th Sep 2017  PRICING  Free
More than 30 of the world's leading designers, including the director of design at Jaguar, are taking part in Design Frontiers, a group exhibition at Somerset House showing work which challenges and breaks through frontiers. Coinciding with London Design Festival, the exhibition includes designs by Ian Callum at Jaguar, Tord Boontje for Swarovski, ... More about this event
Peroni Ambra: The TerracePeroni Ambra: The TerracePeroni Ambra: The TerraceTo celebrate the launch of Peroni's new offering, Peroni Ambra, Somerset House presents The Terrace. The summer-long al fresco event transports guests to the rural Chinotto orchard of Northwest Italy to bring to life the citrus flavours found in the new tipple, which is inspired by the Italian ritual of the 'aperitivo' and served over ice with an o19th September 2017Saturday 30th September 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Peroni Ambra: The Terrace
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VENUE  Somerset House 
To celebrate the launch of Peroni's new offering, Peroni Ambra, Somerset House presents The Terrace. The summer-long al fresco event transports guests to the rural Chinotto orchard of Northwest Italy to bring to life the citrus flavours found in the new tipple, which is inspired by the Italian ritual of the 'aperitivo' and served over ice with an o... More about this event
 
Larry Achiampong: Voyage Of The Relic TravellerLarry Achiampong: Voyage Of The Relic TravellerA special performance in association with his new commission by Somerset House Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers Alliance.5th October 2017Thursday 5th October 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Larry Achiampong: Voyage Of The Relic Traveller
event  Thursday 5th October 2017
TIMES  Thursday 5th October 2017 - 8pm-9pm  PRICING  phone for prices
A special performance in association with his new commission by Somerset House Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers Alliance.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair1:54 Contemporary African Art FairThe first-ever international fair dedicated to modern and contemporary African art, 1:54 returns to Somerset House this October. Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 will showcase modern African art, reflecting the diversity in artistic practices rooted in Africa. Bringing together more than 41 selected galleries, the contem5th October 2017Sunday 8th October 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
event  Running from Thursday 5th October 2017 until Sunday 8th October 2017
VENUE  Somerset House 
The first-ever international fair dedicated to modern and contemporary African art, 1:54 returns to Somerset House this October. Taking its name from the 54 countries on the continent, 1:54 will showcase modern African art, reflecting the diversity in artistic practices rooted in Africa. Bringing together more than 41 selected galleries, the contem... 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 aes5th October 2017Sunday 7th January 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane
event  Running from Thursday 5th October 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018
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
 
Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And BellboysSoutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And BellboysSoutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And BellboysNew exhibition Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys looks at the artist's fascination with the staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over a decade, the humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France, resulting in a powerful series of images that put the spotlight on the overlooked figur19th October 2017Sunday 21st January 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters And Bellboys
event  Running from Thursday 19th October 2017 until Sunday 21st January 2018
TIMES  19th October 2017 to 21st January 2018  PRICING  £9.50, under 18s Free, concs £8.50
New exhibition Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys looks at the artist's fascination with the staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over a decade, the humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France, resulting in a powerful series of images that put the spotlight on the overlooked figur... More about this event
 
Listening To The Dark: Beatrice DillonListening To The Dark: Beatrice DillonThe musician and composer performs her new commission.21st October 2017Saturday 21st October 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Listening To The Dark: Beatrice Dillon
event  Saturday 21st October 2017
TIMES  Saturday 21st October 2017 - 8pm  PRICING  phone for prices
The musician and composer performs her new commission.
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 de8th November 2017Sunday 4th February 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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North: Fashioning Identity
event  Running from Wednesday 8th November 2017 until Sunday 4th February 2018
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
 
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 youngste15th November 2017Sunday 14th January 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Skate At Somerset House
event  Running from Wednesday 15th November 2017 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
 

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Courtauld Gallery

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Reception
200
 
Dinner
50
 

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Seamen's Hall

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Reception
200
 
Dinner
120
 

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Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

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Other
2000
 

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Navy Board Rooms

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Dinner
12
 

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Portico Room

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Boardroom
100
 
Reception
250
 
Dinner
80
 

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Lecture Theatre

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Theatre
60
 

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River Terrace Structure

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Reception
550
 
Dinner
400
 

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The Hermitage Room

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60
 

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Duchess Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
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Theatre | Until 10th February 2018 

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Broadway comes to the West End in 2017 with classic musical 42nd Street. Replacing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the ...More

Kinky Boots
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Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
Follies
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National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 5 minutes walk from Somerset House

Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production of Stephen Sondheim and ...More

 
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