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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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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

Dimensions

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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Hiatus KaiyoteHiatus KaiyoteHiatus Kaiyote2015 was a fantastic year for Australian four-piece Hiatus Kaiyote, receiving their second Grammy nomination and performing sell out shows across the world. And 2016 is turning out to be just as memorable as the Melbourne music makers merge poetry and polyrhythms in the courtyard of Somerset House. The group's sound, according to the Wall Street Jo7th July 2016Thursday 7th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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Hiatus Kaiyote
eventThursday 7th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
2015 was a fantastic year for Australian four-piece Hiatus Kaiyote, receiving their second Grammy nomination and performing sell out shows across the world. And 2016 is turning out to be just as memorable as the Melbourne music makers merge poetry and polyrhythms in the courtyard of Somerset House. The group's sound, according to the Wall Street Jo...†More about this event
Paul Heaton & Jacqui AbbottPaul Heaton & Jacqui AbbottPaul Heaton & Jacqui AbbottPaul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, perform songs from What Have We Become, the album which saw them reunite for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South - when songs like Perfect 10 and Don't Marry Her helped the band sell more than 15 million records. Described by the BBC as "the Alan 8th July 2016Friday 8th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
eventFriday 8th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, perform songs from What Have We Become, the album which saw them reunite for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South - when songs like Perfect 10 and Don't Marry Her helped the band sell more than 15 million records. Described by the BBC as "the Alan ...†More about this event
Benjamin ClementineBenjamin ClementineBenjamin ClementineThe Mercury Prize-winning poet and musician from north London sings of love and loss, despair and hope, pride and self-belief in his haunting debut album At Least For Now. "There are echoes of French-language chansons - Eric Satie, Léo Ferré, recent collaborator Charles Aznavour," in Benjamin Clementine's music says The Guardian, as well as nods 9th July 2016Saturday 9th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Benjamin Clementine
eventSaturday 9th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
The Mercury Prize-winning poet and musician from north London sings of love and loss, despair and hope, pride and self-belief in his haunting debut album At Least For Now. "There are echoes of French-language chansons - Eric Satie, L√©o Ferr√©, recent collaborator Charles Aznavour," in Benjamin Clementine's music says The Guardian, as well as nods ...†More about this event
Everything EverythingEverything EverythingEverything EverythingThe Manchester-formed quartet, fronted by the singer Jonathan Higgs, performs art-rock infused indie-pop from the third album Get To Heaven in the outdoor courtyard of Somerset House. "Confusing references to soft-boiled eggs and toad-in-the-hole are punctuated by the sinister clattering of a low-register piano that could have been flown in from an11th July 2016Monday 11th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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Everything Everything
eventMonday 11th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
The Manchester-formed quartet, fronted by the singer Jonathan Higgs, performs art-rock infused indie-pop from the third album Get To Heaven in the outdoor courtyard of Somerset House. "Confusing references to soft-boiled eggs and toad-in-the-hole are punctuated by the sinister clattering of a low-register piano that could have been flown in from an...†More about this event
James MorrisonJames MorrisonJames MorrisonThe Derbyshire-born soul and pop-rock singer-songwriter is a heavy smoker, likes to get into brawls, goes tombstoning in Cornwall to blow off steam, and has a sprinkling of scars across his meagre frame to betray his past misdemeanours. But what James Morrison also has is a great, melodic voice which, when accompanied by his guitar, creates a buzz 12th July 2016Tuesday 12th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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James Morrison
eventTuesday 12th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
The Derbyshire-born soul and pop-rock singer-songwriter is a heavy smoker, likes to get into brawls, goes tombstoning in Cornwall to blow off steam, and has a sprinkling of scars across his meagre frame to betray his past misdemeanours. But what James Morrison also has is a great, melodic voice which, when accompanied by his guitar, creates a buzz ...†More about this event
Courtney BarnettCourtney BarnettCourtney BarnettThe Australian indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist promotes the emotionally raw debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. "Before last year, Courtney Barnett was a relatively obscure Australian singer-songwriter," says Rolling Stone magazine. "But then she got nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, and beat out Tame13th July 2016Wednesday 13th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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Courtney Barnett
eventWednesday 13th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
The Australian indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist promotes the emotionally raw debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. "Before last year, Courtney Barnett was a relatively obscure Australian singer-songwriter," says Rolling Stone magazine. "But then she got nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, and beat out Tame...†More about this event
Caravan PalaceCaravan PalaceCaravan PalaceParisian electro swing band, who energetically fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz. Caravan Palace is "an unlikely amalgamation of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Daft Punk," according to the Independent, "they're an irresistible (Christmas) party band, whose raison d'etre is to get people dancing." A big draw on the festival circuit, thi14th July 2016Thursday 14th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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Caravan Palace
eventThursday 14th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
Parisian electro swing band, who energetically fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz. Caravan Palace is "an unlikely amalgamation of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Daft Punk," according to the Independent, "they're an irresistible (Christmas) party band, whose raison d'etre is to get people dancing." A big draw on the festival circuit, thi...†More about this event
Jack SavorettiJack SavorettiJack SavorettiFollowing his critically acclaimed album Between the Minds, released in 2006, London-based Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti is back with a new album, Written In Scars, four years after he quit music. This time around Savoretti has "completely changed" the way he writes, "abandoning structure for a looser, loopier, almost circular appr15th July 2016Friday 15th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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Jack Savoretti
eventFriday 15th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
Following his critically acclaimed album Between the Minds, released in 2006, London-based Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti is back with a new album, Written In Scars, four years after he quit music. This time around Savoretti has "completely changed" the way he writes, "abandoning structure for a looser, loopier, almost circular appr...†More about this event
Unkle: ReduxUnkle: ReduxUnkle: ReduxFounder of trip-hop label Mo'Wax, James Lavelle, presents a special UNKLE:REDUX audiovisual show with composer and electric cellist Philip Sheppard, a regular collaborator since UNKLE's Never Never Land album in 2003. If the set is anything like Lavelle's 2014 Meltdown opener of the same name, this Somerset House concert will include special guests17th July 2016Sunday 17th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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Unkle: Redux
eventSunday 17th July 2016
VENUESomerset House†
Founder of trip-hop label Mo'Wax, James Lavelle, presents a special UNKLE:REDUX audiovisual show with composer and electric cellist Philip Sheppard, a regular collaborator since UNKLE's Never Never Land album in 2003. If the set is anything like Lavelle's 2014 Meltdown opener of the same name, this Somerset House concert will include special guests...†More about this event
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesLaura Mvula, Everything Everything and house music pioneer St Germain are the stand-out acts at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, and two-time Grammy Award nominated Hiatus Kaiyote are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, esc7th July 2016Sunday 17th July 2016 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Somerset House Summer Series
event Running from Thursday 7th July 2016 until Sunday 17th July 2016
PRICING£29.50-£35 + booking fee
Laura Mvula, Everything Everything and house music pioneer St Germain are the stand-out acts at this year's Somerset House Summer Series. Jack Savoretti, James Morrison, and two-time Grammy Award nominated Hiatus Kaiyote are also dropping by the central courtyard of Somerset House for the eleven day Summer Series, an idyllic, intimate, calming, esc...†More about this event
 
 

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