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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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Sony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionIn the year the World Photography Organisation marks the 10th anniversary of its awards, the large-scale London exhibition includes rarely seen work by Martin Parr, who receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. His work is shown at Somerset House along with five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs28th April 2017Sunday 7th May 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Now On
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
event  Running until Sunday 7th May 2017
TIMES  21st April to 7th May 2017  PRICING  On the door £10-£12 (Adults), Free (Children Under 12)
In the year the World Photography Organisation marks the 10th anniversary of its awards, the large-scale London exhibition includes rarely seen work by Martin Parr, who receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. His work is shown at Somerset House along with five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs... More about this event
 
Game Changers: Another Way to PlayGame Changers: Another Way to PlayGame Changers: Another Way to PlaySomerset House hosts a month-long celebration of games and play this April with special exhibition Game Changers: Another Way to Play. The month kicks off with popular gaming weekend Now Play This, which coincides with the London Games Festival and features a post-apocalyptic mini-golf course on the River Terrace, a ping-pong table that creates a w28th April 2017Sunday 7th May 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Now On
Game Changers: Another Way to Play
event  Running until Sunday 7th May 2017
TIMES  7th April to 7th May 2017  PRICING  Now Play This Adult £8, concession £6.50 | Game Changers Free
Somerset House hosts a month-long celebration of games and play this April with special exhibition Game Changers: Another Way to Play. The month kicks off with popular gaming weekend Now Play This, which coincides with the London Games Festival and features a post-apocalyptic mini-golf course on the River Terrace, a ping-pong table that creates a w... 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 o28th April 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
 
Photo LondonPhoto LondonPhoto LondonOver sixty of the world's top galleries come to Somerset House for four days in May when Photo London returns to the capital for a third year. The photography showcase is not only a selling fair but also includes special exhibitions, installations and a curated programme of talks and presentations. A one-day workshop given by W.M. Hunt is especiall18th May 2017Sunday 21st May 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Photo London
event  Running from Thursday 18th May 2017 until Sunday 21st May 2017
VENUE  Somerset House 
Over sixty of the world's top galleries come to Somerset House for four days in May when Photo London returns to the capital for a third year. The photography showcase is not only a selling fair but also includes special exhibitions, installations and a curated programme of talks and presentations. A one-day workshop given by W.M. Hunt is especiall... More about this event
 
Magnum Photos | David Hurn's SwapsMagnum Photos | David Hurn's SwapsExhibitions & Art, Photography.18th May 2017Sunday 21st May 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Magnum Photos | David Hurn's Swaps
event  Running from Thursday 18th May 2017 until Sunday 21st May 2017
TIMES  18th to 21st May 2017 - Various Times  PRICING  £29.16, concs £21.60, family £75.59, child £18.36
Exhibitions & Art, Photography.
Mat Collishaw: ThresholdsMat Collishaw: ThresholdsAn interactive, multimedia installation using the latest virtual reality technology to restage one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward's School.18th May 2017Sunday 11th June 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Mat Collishaw: Thresholds
event  Running from Thursday 18th May 2017 until Sunday 11th June 2017
TIMES  18th May to 11th June 2017 - Various Times  PRICING  £4.50, concs £3.50
An interactive, multimedia installation using the latest virtual reality technology to restage one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward's School.
Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary ScentPerfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary ScentPerfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary ScentSomerset House's new exhibition, Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent, invites visitors into a vibrant new scent scene. A multi-sensory show, it showcases ten extraordinary perfumes from the past two decades - and the perfumers who created them - that are changing the perceptions of scent today. The exhibition begins with an overvi21st June 2017Sunday 17th September 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent
event  Running from Wednesday 21st June 2017 until Sunday 17th September 2017
TIMES  21st June to 17th September 2017  PRICING  Adult £11, concession £9
Somerset House's new exhibition, Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent, invites visitors into a vibrant new scent scene. A multi-sensory show, it showcases ten extraordinary perfumes from the past two decades - and the perfumers who created them - that are changing the perceptions of scent today. The exhibition begins with an overvi... More about this event
 
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesNine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, critically acclaimed electronic duo Goldfrapp and festival favourites Foster The People are all on the line-up at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Birdy, Warpaint, The Cinematic Orchestra and Tom Misch are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, a6th July 2017Sunday 16th July 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Somerset House Summer Series
event  Running from Thursday 6th July 2017 until Sunday 16th July 2017
TIMES  6th to 16th July 2017  PRICING  £29.50-£49.50 plus booking fee
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, critically acclaimed electronic duo Goldfrapp and festival favourites Foster The People are all on the line-up at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Birdy, Warpaint, The Cinematic Orchestra and Tom Misch are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, a... More about this event
 
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseFilm4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseFilm4 Summer Screen at Somerset HousePossibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Highlights of the 2017 line-up include political surveillance drama All the President's Men, '90s teen movie classic Cruel Intentions, Academy Awar10th August 2017Wednesday 23rd August 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
event  Running from Thursday 10th August 2017 until Wednesday 23rd August 2017
TIMES  10th to 23rd August 2017  PRICING  From £17, plus booking fee
Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Highlights of the 2017 line-up include political surveillance drama All the President's Men, '90s teen movie classic Cruel Intentions, Academy Awar... More about this event
 

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Courtauld Gallery

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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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Peroni Ambra: The Terrace
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Game Changers: Another Way to Play
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Exhibitions | Until 7th May 2017 

Somerset House

Somerset House hosts a month-long celebration of games and play this April with special exhibition Game Changers: Another Way to ...More

 
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Exhibitions | Until 7th May 2017 

Somerset House

In the year the World Photography Organisation marks the 10th anniversary of its awards, the large-scale London exhibition includes rarely ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
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Theatre | Until 14th October 2017 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 4th June 2017 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 10th September 2017 

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

 
99 Club Covent Garden
Comedy | On 28th April 2017 

Strand Palace Hotel 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

Fast-paced wit and sharp observations on everyday life from Canadian stand-up Mike Wilmot. Plus Stephen Carlin and Spencer Brown....More

42nd Street
Theatre | Until 22nd July 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

Stepping Out
Stepping Out
Theatre | Until 17th June 2017 

Vaudeville Theatre 5 minutes walk from Somerset House

Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson star in Richard Harris' bittersweet comedy drama, Stepping Out, ...More

 
Angels In America: Part One: Millennium Approaches
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Theatre | Until 19th August 2017 

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 6 minutes walk from Somerset House

The first instalment of a new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America, comes to the ...More

 

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Nightfall
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The Bridge Theatre

Laurie Sansom stars in Barney Norris' bruising drama set on a family farm outside Winchester, ...More

 
Julius Caesar
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Nicholas Hytner directs a promenade staging of Shakespeare's bloodthirsty tragedy in which Caesar returns to ...More

 
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Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere staging of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's historical comedy ...More

 
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Bold Tendencies
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The disused Peckham Rye Multi-Storey Car Park is put to good use over the summer ...More

 
VRX Europe 2017
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London Pizza Festival
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Foodie Events | On 28th May 

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