Somerset House Venue Hire

 
 
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Somerset House, Covent Garden, Strand, London WC2R 1LA 
 
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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
 

Dimensions

 
 

Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Capacity

Other
2000
 

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Navy Board Rooms

Capacity

Dinner
12
 

Dimensions

 
 

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

Capacity

Other
60
 

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London Fashion WeekLondon Fashion WeekLondon Fashion WeekOver 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Week which, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Somerset House, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, wi20th February 2015Tuesday 24th February 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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London Fashion Week
event  Running from Friday 20th February 2015 until Tuesday 24th February 2015
TIMES  20th to 24th Feb 2015  PRICING  Invite only
Over 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Week which, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Somerset House, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, wi... More about this event
 
London Fashion WeekendLondon Fashion WeekendLondon Fashion Weekend Along with the main London Fashion Week event, the open-to-all London Fashion Weekend is returning to Somerset House this February. This fashion-focused weekend is an opportunity for everyone to get access to the latest designer trends - even if they don't have a stylist's little black book. The frenzied London Fashion Week is all about w26th February 2015Sunday 1st March 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
London Fashion Weekend
event  Running from Thursday 26th February 2015 until Sunday 1st March 2015
VENUE  Somerset House 
Along with the main London Fashion Week event, the open-to-all London Fashion Weekend is returning to Somerset House this February. This fashion-focused weekend is an opportunity for everyone to get access to the latest designer trends - even if they don't have a stylist's little black book. The frenzied London Fashion Week is all about w... More about this event
 
BeardBeardBeardHipster alert! Given their popularity in scene-making east London, it was only a matter of time before someone dedicated an exhibition to the beauty of the beard. All of the 80 subjects in Beard sport facial growth on their chins. But what is more revealing is the enduring nature of the beard - which is not just a trend of the 2010s. The pogonophil5th March 2015Sunday 29th March 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free Event 
Beard
event  Running from Thursday 5th March 2015 until Sunday 29th March 2015
TIMES  5th to 29th March 2015  PRICING  Free
Hipster alert! Given their popularity in scene-making east London, it was only a matter of time before someone dedicated an exhibition to the beauty of the beard. All of the 80 subjects in Beard sport facial growth on their chins. But what is more revealing is the enduring nature of the beard - which is not just a trend of the 2010s. The pogonophil... More about this event
 
Mr Elbank: BeardMr Elbank: BeardExhibition of photographs by Mr Elbank in which all of the subjects sport a beard.5th March 2015Sunday 29th March 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free Event 
Mr Elbank: Beard
event  Running from Thursday 5th March 2015 until Sunday 29th March 2015
TIMES  5th to 29th March 2015 - 10am-6pm  PRICING  Free
Exhibition of photographs by Mr Elbank in which all of the subjects sport a beard.
The Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity - WasteThe Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity - Waste11th March 2015Friday 10th April 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free Event 
The Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity - Waste
event  Running from Wednesday 11th March 2015 until Friday 10th April 2015
TIMES  11th March to 10th April 2015 - 10am-6pm  PRICING  Free
Pick Me UpPick Me UpPick Me UpReturning for its 6th year in April 2015 (exact dates to be announced), graphic art festival Pick Me Up asks artists to 'Tell Your Story' for this year's fair. Responses to this - visual or conceptual - are presented through all the graphic arts in a diverse range of media. Bringing together exciting international talents, the 12-day Pick Me Up art23rd April 2015Monday 4th May 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Pick Me Up
event  Running from Thursday 23rd April 2015 until Monday 4th May 2015
VENUE  Somerset House 
Returning for its 6th year in April 2015 (exact dates to be announced), graphic art festival Pick Me Up asks artists to 'Tell Your Story' for this year's fair. Responses to this - visual or conceptual - are presented through all the graphic arts in a diverse range of media. Bringing together exciting international talents, the 12-day Pick Me Up art... More about this event
 
Sony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionThe very best professional and amateur contemporary photography from around the world goes on display at Somerset House for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. From over 130,000 entries, winning and shortlisted works have been chosen in professional, youth and Open Competition categories - for amateurs and enthusiasts - showcasing the bes24th April 2015Sunday 10th May 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
event  Running from Friday 24th April 2015 until Sunday 10th May 2015
VENUE  Somerset House 
The very best professional and amateur contemporary photography from around the world goes on display at Somerset House for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. From over 130,000 entries, winning and shortlisted works have been chosen in professional, youth and Open Competition categories - for amateurs and enthusiasts - showcasing the bes... More about this event
 
Photo LondonPhoto LondonPhoto LondonSomerset House hosts the first edition of Photo London from 21st to 24th May - a major photography fair featuring nearly 70 leading international galleries with an emphasis on emerging talent and new work by established names. The inaugural edition of Londons new international photography fair combines a commercial art fair with a varied and well-b21st May 2015Sunday 24th May 2015 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Photo London
event  Running from Thursday 21st May 2015 until Sunday 24th May 2015
VENUE  Somerset House 
Somerset House hosts the first edition of Photo London from 21st to 24th May - a major photography fair featuring nearly 70 leading international galleries with an emphasis on emerging talent and new work by established names. The inaugural edition of Londons new international photography fair combines a commercial art fair with a varied and well-b... More about this event
 
 
 

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