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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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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 Campb24th January 2017Sunday 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
 
Malick Sidibe: The Eye Of Modern MaliMalick Sidibe: The Eye Of Modern MaliThe first UK solo exhibition of photography by the African artist, who gives a glimpse into African youth culture.24th January 2017Sunday 26th February 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOngoing
Malick Sidibe: The Eye Of Modern Mali
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TIMES  6th October 2016 to 26th February 2017 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
The first UK solo exhibition of photography by the African artist, who gives a glimpse into African youth culture.
Space To BreatheSpace To BreatheInteractive art installations, performances, talks and workshops highlighting the impact of air pollution on our health.28th January 2017Sunday 29th January 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOn Soon
Space To Breathe
event  Running from Saturday 28th January 2017 until Sunday 29th January 2017
TIMES  Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January 2017 - 12noon-6pm  PRICING  Free
Interactive art installations, performances, talks and workshops highlighting the impact of air pollution on our health.
Shutters Down!Shutters Down!An experimental club night celebrating urban wilderness and the repurposing of derelict space featuring a selection of tracks curated by the Manchester artist Lonelady.25th February 2017Saturday 25th February 2017 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Shutters Down!
event  Saturday 25th February 2017
TIMES  Saturday 25th February 2017 - 7pm-10.30pm  PRICING  £8
An experimental club night celebrating urban wilderness and the repurposing of derelict space featuring a selection of tracks curated by the Manchester artist Lonelady.

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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

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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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Other
60
 

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