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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

 
Sony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionThe World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 11th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. Five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, p21st April 2018Sunday 6th May 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
event  Running until Sunday 6th May 2018
TIMES  20th April to 6th May 2018  PRICING  On the door £10-£12 (Adults), Free (Children Under 12)
The World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 11th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. Five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, p... More about this event
 
Eloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The MarkEloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The MarkEloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The MarkA new work by artist Eloise Hawser, By The Deep, By The Mark presents playful parallels between extraordinary feats of civil engineering and the workings of the human body. Using Somerset House's close relationship with the River Thames and Victoria Embankment as a starting point, the show takes visitors on a journey through a three dimensional min21st April 2018Sunday 22nd April 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOngoing
Eloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The Mark
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TIMES  31st January to 22nd April 2018  PRICING  Free
A new work by artist Eloise Hawser, By The Deep, By The Mark presents playful parallels between extraordinary feats of civil engineering and the workings of the human body. Using Somerset House's close relationship with the River Thames and Victoria Embankment as a starting point, the show takes visitors on a journey through a three dimensional min... More about this event
 
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesBritish band Metronomy, hip hop pioneers De La Soul and Don Letts, celebrating British bass culture, come to the courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series - one of the best Summer Music Festivals in London. Australia's festival favourites Flight Facilities are followed by David Rodigan who joins forces with The Outlook Orchestra to 5th July 2018Sunday 15th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Somerset House Summer Series
event  Running from Thursday 5th July 2018 until Sunday 15th July 2018
TIMES  5th to 15th July 2018  PRICING  £31.25-£56.25 incl booking fee
British band Metronomy, hip hop pioneers De La Soul and Don Letts, celebrating British bass culture, come to the courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series - one of the best Summer Music Festivals in London. Australia's festival favourites Flight Facilities are followed by David Rodigan who joins forces with The Outlook Orchestra to ... More about this event
 
Jorja SmithJorja SmithJorja SmithGritty soul and R&B from the 19 year old Walsall born singer Jorja Smith as she goes on her debut UK tour with a full live band. Fresh from supporting Nao on her UK tour, Jorja comes to Somerset House for this year's Summer Series. Since releasing 'Blue Lights' - "a fantastically introspective and clever piece of songwriting" (NME) - Jorja has rele13th July 2018Friday 13th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Jorja Smith
event  Friday 13th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 13th July 2018  PRICING  £31.25 (incl £3.75 booking fee)
Gritty soul and R&B from the 19 year old Walsall born singer Jorja Smith as she goes on her debut UK tour with a full live band. Fresh from supporting Nao on her UK tour, Jorja comes to Somerset House for this year's Summer Series. Since releasing 'Blue Lights' - "a fantastically introspective and clever piece of songwriting" (NME) - Jorja has rele... More about this event
 

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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

Capacity

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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Marking 100 years since jazz reached Britain in the aftermath of the First World War, Two Temple Place, a spectacular ...More

 
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In 2018 the London Transport Museum hosts a Year of Engineering exploring engineering feats like Crossrail and the Brunel tunnel. ...More

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Female focussed exhibition Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum puts the spotlight on 20th and 21st century women graphic ...More

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Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton plays legendary diva Dorothy Brock in the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street at London's Theatre ...More

 
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The Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville continues with the enduring popular comedy of class and political chicanery about an ...More

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