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.

 

Somerset House events

 
Fortnum's Christmas ArcadeFortnum's Christmas ArcadeFortnum's Christmas ArcadeBack for a second year, the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Arcade transforms the West Wing of Somerset House into a Christmassy pop-up version of the flagship Piccadilly store. Showcasing the very best of Fortnum & Mason's world-renowned products, it will be the perfect place to stop by and pick up some festive treats, from foodie fare and fashion acces10th December 2016Sunday 1st January 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Fortnum's Christmas Arcade
event  Running until Sunday 1st January 2017
VENUE  Somerset House 
Back for a second year, the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Arcade transforms the West Wing of Somerset House into a Christmassy pop-up version of the flagship Piccadilly store. Showcasing the very best of Fortnum & Mason's world-renowned products, it will be the perfect place to stop by and pick up some festive treats, from foodie fare and fashion acces... 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 youngste10th December 2016Sunday 15th January 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Now On
Skate At Somerset House
event  Running until Sunday 15th January 2017
TIMES  17th November 2016 to 15th January 2017  PRICING  £8.90 (£7.50 Ticket + £1.40 Fees), £16.15 (£14 Ticket + £2.15 Fees), Club Nights £17 + booking fee
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
 
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 Campb10th December 2016Sunday 12th March 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Hair by Sam McKnight
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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

Capacity

Reception
550
 
Dinner
400
 

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The Hermitage Room

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Other
60
 

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Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker
Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker
Dance | Until 12th January 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Somerset House

That great seasonal stalwart The Nutcracker starts playing at the Royal Opera House on 23rd November, offering families a fun ...More

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Somerset House

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2016
Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2016
Seasonal | Until 2nd January 2017 

Covent Garden Piazza 1 minute walk from Somerset House

The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet fill Covent Garden's famous Piazza with song and dance before the Sugar ...More

 
Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
Concerts | Until 9th February 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Somerset House

Richard Farnes conducts two casts including singers Maria Agresta, Lianna Haroutounian, Anita Rachvelishvili and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in David Bosch's production ...More

The Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
Concerts | Until 9th February 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Somerset House

Verdi's "muddled masterpiece" (Telegraph) begins mid-way through the story of a gypsy, Azucena, who plans to avenge the Luna family's ...More

The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 21st January 2017 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from Somerset House

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Dolce by Ferrero Rocher
Dolce by Ferrero Rocher
Foodie Events | Until 11th December 2016 

21 Slingsby Place 2 minutes walk from Somerset House

If you're a fan of Ferrero Rocher, you won't want to miss Dolce by Ferrero Rocher, a pop-up dessert destination ...More

 
St Martin's Courtyard Christmas Lights
St Martin's Courtyard Christmas Lights
Seasonal | Until 31st December 2016 

St Martin's Courtyard 2 minutes walk from Somerset House

St Martin's Courtyard, a pedestrianised, pretty shopping district in Covent Garden, reveals its new Christmas Lights on Thursday 17th November ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

 
 
 
 
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