Somerset House Venue Hire

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

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The Somerset House has eight function rooms; the largest can hold a maximum of 2000 guests, 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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Somerset House Nelson's Stairs 

   
Somerset House - Nelson's Stairs

Somerset House Nelson's Stairs 

 

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
 

Dimensions

 
 

The Hermitage Room

Capacity

Other
60
 

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Somerset House events

 
The Cat EmpireThe Cat EmpireThe Cat EmpireThe outrageous Australian collective The Cat Empire play the fourth gig of the perennially popular Somerset House Summer Series concerts. On 13th July the jazz/reggae/funk/latin/gypsy/hip hop/multi-genre band from Melbourne touch down for their Summer Series debut and are guaranteeing an evening that will get everyone dancing. Renowned all around 13th July 2014Sunday 13th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Today Only
The Cat Empire
event  Sunday 13th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
The outrageous Australian collective The Cat Empire play the fourth gig of the perennially popular Somerset House Summer Series concerts. On 13th July the jazz/reggae/funk/latin/gypsy/hip hop/multi-genre band from Melbourne touch down for their Summer Series debut and are guaranteeing an evening that will get everyone dancing. Renowned all around ... More about this event
 
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesChvrches, Bastille, Kelis, Sam Smith, and Franz Ferdinand are just some of the live acts dropping into the central courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series. It's an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening and as a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tun13th July 2014Sunday 20th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Now On
Somerset House Summer Series
event  Running until Sunday 20th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
Chvrches, Bastille, Kelis, Sam Smith, and Franz Ferdinand are just some of the live acts dropping into the central courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series. It's an idyllic, intimate, calming, escapist location for a concert on a summer's evening and as a breeze drifts in off the Thames you'll forget the city bustle outside and tun... More about this event
 
Time: Tattoo Art TodayTime: Tattoo Art TodayTime: Tattoo Art TodayTime: Tattoo Art Today at Somerset House is a free exhibition that presents original artworks from 70 of the world's leading and most influential tattoo artists. The likes of Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth and Mister Cartoon have been commissioned to create a completely new work that's based on the theme of time, presenting it on any medium an13th July 2014Sunday 5th October 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Time: Tattoo Art Today
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TIMES  3rd July to 5th October 2014  PRICING  Free
Time: Tattoo Art Today at Somerset House is a free exhibition that presents original artworks from 70 of the world's leading and most influential tattoo artists. The likes of Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth and Mister Cartoon have been commissioned to create a completely new work that's based on the theme of time, presenting it on any medium an... More about this event
 
KelisKelisKelisThe American RnB singer Kelis performs in the Somerset House courtyard as part of the 2014 Summer Series. The 'Milkshake' singer has a forthcoming album titled Food, a single called 'Jerk Ribs', and a new Cooking Channel show, all promoted at SXSW via a truck emblazoned with Kelis's face which went around Austin giving out free gourmet eats, with t14th July 2014Monday 14th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Kelis
event  Monday 14th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
The American RnB singer Kelis performs in the Somerset House courtyard as part of the 2014 Summer Series. The 'Milkshake' singer has a forthcoming album titled Food, a single called 'Jerk Ribs', and a new Cooking Channel show, all promoted at SXSW via a truck emblazoned with Kelis's face which went around Austin giving out free gourmet eats, with t... More about this event
 
BastilleBastilleBastille After two moderately successful single releases in 2012, Bastille finally found major success in 2013 with the release of their fourth single, Pompeii, which charted at number two and was shortly followed by their number one debut album, Bad Blood. Following the release of further hit tracks Of The Nig ht - a mash-up of the Rhythm of the Night 15th July 2014Tuesday 15th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Bastille
event  Tuesday 15th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
After two moderately successful single releases in 2012, Bastille finally found major success in 2013 with the release of their fourth single, Pompeii, which charted at number two and was shortly followed by their number one debut album, Bad Blood. Following the release of further hit tracks Of The Nig ht - a mash-up of the Rhythm of the Night ... More about this event
 
Franz FerdinandFranz FerdinandFranz FerdinandThe Alex Kapranos-fronted, Glasgow-formed indie-rock quartet rock Somersert House on 16th July following two sold-out gigs at London's Roundhouse in March 2014. Last year saw the welcome return of indie-rock band Franz Ferdinand with the release of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action - their first release in four years. Wi16th July 2014Wednesday 16th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Franz Ferdinand
event  Wednesday 16th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
The Alex Kapranos-fronted, Glasgow-formed indie-rock quartet rock Somersert House on 16th July following two sold-out gigs at London's Roundhouse in March 2014. Last year saw the welcome return of indie-rock band Franz Ferdinand with the release of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action - their first release in four years. Wi... More about this event
 
ChvrchesChvrchesChvrchesRanking fifth on the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, Glasgow's premier synthpop trio Chvrches were another breakthrough act of last year. Combining sweet synthpop with hard electro, the trio's debut album, 'The Bones of What You Believe', furthered their position in the industry when it gained reasonable response from the critics and charted just inside 17th July 2014Thursday 17th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Chvrches
event  Thursday 17th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
Ranking fifth on the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, Glasgow's premier synthpop trio Chvrches were another breakthrough act of last year. Combining sweet synthpop with hard electro, the trio's debut album, 'The Bones of What You Believe', furthered their position in the industry when it gained reasonable response from the critics and charted just inside ... More about this event
 
Sam SmithSam SmithSam SmithLondon-based singer-songwriter Sam Smith fist made waves in the music industry when he featured on Disclosure's track Latch in late 2012 and Naughty Boy's La La La in May 2013. Since then he's transitioned into a solo career and will be stopping by Somerset House in July following gigs at Shepherd's Bush Empire in February and the Roundhouse in Ma18th July 2014Friday 18th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Sam Smith
event  Friday 18th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
London-based singer-songwriter Sam Smith fist made waves in the music industry when he featured on Disclosure's track Latch in late 2012 and Naughty Boy's La La La in May 2013. Since then he's transitioned into a solo career and will be stopping by Somerset House in July following gigs at Shepherd's Bush Empire in February and the Roundhouse in Ma... More about this event
 
Clean BanditClean BanditClean BanditHotly tipped chart-toppers Clean Bandit headline the Somerset House Summer Series concert on 19th July. Having had huge success with their number one hit 'Rather Be', the four-piece will bring their addictive dance-pop delights, deep house and baroque pop with classical and electronica influences to the magical setting of Somerset House's Georgian 19th July 2014Saturday 19th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Clean Bandit
event  Saturday 19th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
Hotly tipped chart-toppers Clean Bandit headline the Somerset House Summer Series concert on 19th July. Having had huge success with their number one hit 'Rather Be', the four-piece will bring their addictive dance-pop delights, deep house and baroque pop with classical and electronica influences to the magical setting of Somerset House's Georgian ... More about this event
 
Little DragonLittle DragonLittle DragonHeadlining the grand finale of the 2014 Somerset House Summer Series will be insurmountable electro R&B adventurers Little Dragon. The Swedish foursome anchored by the otherworldly vocals of front woman Yukimi Nagano, have over the course of three albums, pushed boundaries and shown they're a dance act like no other. At a recent Village Underground20th July 2014Sunday 20th July 2014 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Little Dragon
event  Sunday 20th July 2014
VENUE  Somerset House 
Headlining the grand finale of the 2014 Somerset House Summer Series will be insurmountable electro R&B adventurers Little Dragon. The Swedish foursome anchored by the otherworldly vocals of front woman Yukimi Nagano, have over the course of three albums, pushed boundaries and shown they're a dance act like no other. At a recent Village Underground... More about this event
 
 
 

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The Cat Empire
The Cat Empire
Concerts | On 13th July 2014 

Somerset House

The outrageous Australian collective The Cat Empire play the fourth gig of the perennially popular Somerset House Summer Series ...More

 
Somerset House Summer Series
Somerset House Summer Series
Concerts | Until 20th July 2014 

Somerset House

Chvrches, Bastille, Kelis, Sam Smith, and Franz Ferdinand are just some of the live acts dropping into the central courtyard ...More

 
Time: Tattoo Art Today
Time: Tattoo Art Today
Exhibitions | Until 5th October 2014 

Somerset House

Time: Tattoo Art Today at Somerset House is a free exhibition that presents original artworks from 70 of the world's ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 4th January 2015 

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

 
Dog Lover's Lunch
Leisure | On 13th July 2014 

PipsDish 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

Bring your furry friend and enjoy a glass of summer fizz and a 3-course Sunday lunch....More

Goodbye Piccadilly
Goodbye Piccadilly
Exhibitions | Until 8th March 2015 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

Follow the London buses driven to the front during World War I, find out how women made up the transport ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 30th May 2015 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

Nominated for a staggering seven Oliviers in this year's Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard
Theatre | Until 30th August 2014 

Adelphi Theatre 5 minutes walk from Somerset House

Twenty years after the romantic thriller burst onto our cinema screens - reducing us all to tears - The Bodyguard ...More

 
Favourite BBC Children's Characters
Kids Events | On 13th July 2014 

BFI Southbank 6 minutes walk from Somerset House

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Royal Opera: La Boheme
Royal Opera: La Boheme
Concerts | Until 19th July 2014 

Royal Opera House 6 minutes walk from Somerset House

The Royal Opera House has announced that its ever-popular La boheme, performed close to 400 times since John Copley ...More

 
 
 
 
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