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

No Comply: Skate Culture and the CommunityNo Comply: Skate Culture and the CommunityNo Comply: Skate Culture and the CommunityThrough a display of works by leading filmmakers, photographers and designers, No Comply at Somerset House explores the popularity of skateboarding and the impact it has had on UK culture and communities over the past 40 years. The exhibition showcases the powerful impact of the skateboarding scene and how it has led to the re-imagination of cities11th June 2020Tuesday 18th August 2020 Where:
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA
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No Comply: Skate Culture and the Community
event Running from Thursday 11th June 2020 until Tuesday 18th August 2020
VENUE Somerset House
Through a display of works by leading filmmakers, photographers and designers, No Comply at Somerset House explores the popularity of skateboarding and the impact it has had on UK culture and communities over the past 40 years. The exhibition showcases the powerful impact of the skateboarding scene and how it has led to the re-imagination of cities...More about this event
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesAn annual highlight in July, the Somerset House Summer Series invites a handful of big name bands to play live in the grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, last year's event saw the likes of Grammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons 9th July 2020Sunday 19th July 2020 Where:
Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA
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Somerset House Summer Series
event Running from Thursday 9th July 2020 until Sunday 19th July 2020
TIMES 9th to 19th July 2020 PRICING 31.25-56.25 incl booking fee
An annual highlight in July, the Somerset House Summer Series invites a handful of big name bands to play live in the grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, last year's event saw the likes of Grammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons ...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

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

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The Hermitage Room

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Other
60

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