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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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Ruth Proctor: Space For Something To HappenRuth Proctor: Space For Something To HappenA new durational artwork on and around our ice rink exploring ideas of repetition and training in relation to creative process and the everyday.10th December 2018Sunday 13th January 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventNow On
Ruth Proctor: Space For Something To Happen
event  Running until Sunday 13th January 2019
TIMES  8th December 2018 to 13th January 2019 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
A new durational artwork on and around our ice rink exploring ideas of repetition and training in relation to creative process and the everyday.
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 2018Sunday 13th January 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Now On
Skate At Somerset House
event  Running until Sunday 13th January 2019
TIMES  14th November 2018 to 13th January 2019  PRICING  Tickets from £11 adults and £8.50 children
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
 
Project O: SavedProject O: SavedSomerset House Studios residents Project O present its video artwork considering Somerset House's historical connection to the British Royal Navy.10th December 2018Friday 4th January 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Project O: Saved
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TIMES  12th October 2018 to 4th January 2019 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Somerset House Studios residents Project O present its video artwork considering Somerset House's historical connection to the British Royal Navy.
FriendsWithYouFriendsWithYouA collaboration with the Peanuts Global Artist Collective featuring three large-scale light installations by Californian art collaborative FriendsWithYou that illuminate the entrance to Good Grief, Charlie Brown!10th December 2018Sunday 3rd March 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
FriendsWithYou
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TIMES  8th December 2018 to 3rd March 2019 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
A collaboration with the Peanuts Global Artist Collective featuring three large-scale light installations by Californian art collaborative FriendsWithYou that illuminate the entrance to Good Grief, Charlie Brown!
Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And OmissionsAthi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And OmissionsThe South African artist presents his first major solo UK exhibition, revealing a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity and parodies the construction of the South African nation state in the post-apartheid era.10th December 2018Sunday 6th January 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows And Omissions
event 
TIMES  4th October 2018 to 6th January 2019 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
The South African artist presents his first major solo UK exhibition, revealing a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity and parodies the construction of the South African nation state in the post-apartheid era.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsGood Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsGood Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsShowing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are displayed alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Artists and designers who've paid homage to the comic strip characters include Kim Jones, of Dior Men's, who has loaned his sweatshirts and10th December 2018Sunday 3rd March 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Ongoing
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts
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TIMES  25th October 2018 to 3rd March 2019  PRICING  £14, concs £11, child Free
Showing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are displayed alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Artists and designers who've paid homage to the comic strip characters include Kim Jones, of Dior Men's, who has loaned his sweatshirts and... More about this event
 
Dalston SuperstoreDalston SuperstoreThe DJs select dance, pop, electro tracks and more on the night.12th December 2018Wednesday 12th December 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Dalston Superstore
event  Wednesday 12th December 2018
TIMES  Wednesday 12th December 2018 - 8.30pm  PRICING  £17
The DJs select dance, pop, electro tracks and more on the night.
Total Refreshment CentreTotal Refreshment CentreDJs Lexus Blondin and Raimund Wong supply dance and jazz tracks.13th December 2018Thursday 13th December 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Total Refreshment Centre
event  Thursday 13th December 2018
TIMES  Thursday 13th December 2018 - 8.30pm  PRICING  £17
DJs Lexus Blondin and Raimund Wong supply dance and jazz tracks.
JamzJamzElijah & Skilliam and Lucy choose their top garage, grime and bassline tracks on the night.14th December 2018Friday 14th December 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Jamz
event  Friday 14th December 2018
TIMES  Friday 14th December 2018 - 8.30pm  PRICING  £17
Elijah & Skilliam and Lucy choose their top garage, grime and bassline tracks on the night.
New Year's Eve At Somerset House With Sink The PinkNew Year's Eve At Somerset House With Sink The PinkFlamboyant and transgressive, the London-based collective Sink The Pink performs at London's most spectacular ice rink for the ultimate New Year celebration.31st December 2018Monday 31st December 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
New Year's Eve At Somerset House With Sink The Pink
event  Monday 31st December 2018
TIMES  Monday 31st December 2018 - 8pm-2am  PRICING  £50-£70
Flamboyant and transgressive, the London-based collective Sink The Pink performs at London's most spectacular ice rink for the ultimate New Year celebration.

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Courtauld Gallery

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
50
 

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Seamen's Hall

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
120
 

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Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Capacity

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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