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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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Daydreaming with Stanley KubrickDaydreaming with Stanley KubrickDaydreaming with Stanley KubrickIn a unique summer exhibition, Somerset House explores the impact of one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of all time. Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, in partnership with Canon, welcomes some of today's most talented creatives, both established and emerging, to showcase work inspired by the celebrated genius of cinema. Presented 29th July 2016Wednesday 24th August 2016 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
event  Running until Wednesday 24th August 2016
TIMES  6th July to 24th August 2016  PRICING  Adult £12.50, concession £9.50
In a unique summer exhibition, Somerset House explores the impact of one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of all time. Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, in partnership with Canon, welcomes some of today's most talented creatives, both established and emerging, to showcase work inspired by the celebrated genius of cinema. Presented ... More about this event
 
The World Illustration AwardsThe World Illustration AwardsThe World Illustration AwardsBack for its 40th year, the World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this August to showcase over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. The unique exhibition brings together shortlisted entries from 66 countries, covering categories such as advertising, children's books, editorial and public ar1st August 2016Monday 29th August 2016 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOn Soon
The World Illustration Awards
event  Running from Monday 1st August 2016 until Monday 29th August 2016
TIMES  1st to 29th August 2016  PRICING  Free
Back for its 40th year, the World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this August to showcase over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. The unique exhibition brings together shortlisted entries from 66 countries, covering categories such as advertising, children's books, editorial and public ar... 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. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Film4's Trainspotting, this year's event puts Danny Boyle's controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen4th August 2016Wednesday 17th August 2016 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
event  Running from Thursday 4th August 2016 until Wednesday 17th August 2016
TIMES  4th to 17th August 2016  PRICING  From £16
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. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Film4's Trainspotting, this year's event puts Danny Boyle's controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen... More about this event
 
London Design BiennaleLondon Design Biennale Produced by the team who created the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings a new international element to the annual London festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the London Design Biennale brings design installations and exhibitions from up to 40 nations to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors will r7th September 2016Tuesday 27th September 2016 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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London Design Biennale
event  Running from Wednesday 7th September 2016 until Tuesday 27th September 2016
TIMES  7th to 27th September 2016  PRICING  Free
Produced by the team who created the London Design Festival, the three-week long London Design Biennale brings a new international element to the annual London festival. Held for the first time in 2016, the London Design Biennale brings design installations and exhibitions from up to 40 nations to the heart of the capital. Exhibitors will r... More about this event
Hair by Sam McKnightHair by Sam McKnightHair by Sam McKnightSomerset House celebrates the work of master hairstylist Sam McKnight this autumn with major exhibition Hair by Sam McKnight. The first exhibition of its kind, it shines the spotlight on McKnight's 40-year career, highlighting how he has been instrumental in helping develop the images of Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campb2nd November 2016Sunday 12th March 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Hair by Sam McKnight
event  Running from Wednesday 2nd November 2016 until Sunday 12th March 2017
TIMES  2nd November 2016 to 12th March 2017  PRICING  £12.50, £10 concessions
Somerset House celebrates the work of master hairstylist Sam McKnight this autumn with major exhibition Hair by Sam McKnight. The first exhibition of its kind, it shines the spotlight on McKnight's 40-year career, highlighting how he has been instrumental in helping develop the images of Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campb... More about this event
 

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Courtauld Gallery

Capacity

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

Capacity

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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