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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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Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the SeamsMary Sibande: I Came Apart at the SeamsMary Sibande: I Came Apart at the SeamsSomerset House puts the focus on contemporary artist Mary Sibande in I Came Apart at the Seams, her first solo exhibition in the UK. One of South Africa's most prominent artists, Sibande uses this exhibition to explore the power of imagination and constructive anger in a post-colonial world, using a series of photographic and sculptural works. The 23rd October 2019Sunday 5th January 2020 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOngoing
Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams
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TIMES  3rd October 2019 to 5th January 2020  PRICING  Free
Somerset House puts the focus on contemporary artist Mary Sibande in I Came Apart at the Seams, her first solo exhibition in the UK. One of South Africa's most prominent artists, Sibande uses this exhibition to explore the power of imagination and constructive anger in a post-colonial world, using a series of photographic and sculptural works. The ... More about this event
 
Anna MeredithAnna MeredithThe British composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music plays an eclectic mix of pop and classically influenced sounds.24th October 2019Thursday 24th October 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Anna Meredith
event  Thursday 24th October 2019
TIMES  Thursday 24th October 2019 - 7.30pm-9.30pm  PRICING  £12
The British composer and performer of electronic and acoustic music plays an eclectic mix of pop and classically influenced sounds.
24/7: A Wake-Up Call For Our Non-Stop World24/7: A Wake-Up Call For Our Non-Stop WorldMore than 50 multi-disciplinary works trace the non-stop nature of modern life from its origins in the Industrial Revolution. Contributors include Marcus Coates, Mat Collishaw, Harun Farocki, Pierre Huyghe, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Kelly Richardson, Pilvi Takala, Addie Wagenknecht, and 10 artists and designers from Somerset House Studios, including Iai31st October 2019Sunday 23rd February 2020 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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24/7: A Wake-Up Call For Our Non-Stop World
event  Running from Thursday 31st October 2019 until Sunday 23rd February 2020
TIMES  31st October 2019 to 23rd February 2020 - Various Times  PRICING  £14, concs £11
More than 50 multi-disciplinary works trace the non-stop nature of modern life from its origins in the Industrial Revolution. Contributors include Marcus Coates, Mat Collishaw, Harun Farocki, Pierre Huyghe, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Kelly Richardson, Pilvi Takala, Addie Wagenknecht, and 10 artists and designers from Somerset House Studios, including Iai
24/724/724/7Every 12 minutes. That is the amount of time, on average, people in the UK check their smartphones. Examining this phenomenon and the non-stop nature of our modern lives, Somerset House presents 24/7, a new exhibition inspired by Jonathan Crary's book, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep. Bringing together a line-up of contemporary artists 31st October 2019Sunday 8th March 2020 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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24/7
event  Running from Thursday 31st October 2019 until Sunday 8th March 2020
TIMES  31st October 2019 to 8th March 2020  PRICING  £14. Concessions £11.
Every 12 minutes. That is the amount of time, on average, people in the UK check their smartphones. Examining this phenomenon and the non-stop nature of our modern lives, Somerset House presents 24/7, a new exhibition inspired by Jonathan Crary's book, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep. Bringing together a line-up of contemporary artists ... More about this event
 
Beatrice Dillon, Haroon MirzaBeatrice Dillon, Haroon MirzaA double bill of performance installations and experimental music.8th November 2019Friday 8th November 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Beatrice Dillon, Haroon Mirza
event  Friday 8th November 2019
TIMES  Friday 8th November 2019 - 7.30pm-10pm  PRICING  £12
A double bill of performance installations and experimental music.
Doom & Room SongDoom & Room SongA double bill of site-specific performances created by sound artists Seth Scott and Robin Simpson, and violinist Mira Benjamin, composer John Lely and clarinettist Heather Roche respectively.9th November 2019Saturday 9th November 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Doom & Room Song
event  Saturday 9th November 2019
TIMES  Saturday 9th November 2019 - 7.30pm-10pm  PRICING  £12
A double bill of site-specific performances created by sound artists Seth Scott and Robin Simpson, and violinist Mira Benjamin, composer John Lely and clarinettist Heather Roche respectively.
Karen Gwyer, John Butcher, Lasse MarhaugKaren Gwyer, John Butcher, Lasse MarhaugElectro-acoustic performances inspired by local street sounds.10th November 2019Sunday 10th November 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Karen Gwyer, John Butcher, Lasse Marhaug
event  Sunday 10th November 2019
TIMES  Sunday 10th November 2019 - 6.30pm-9pm  PRICING  £12
Electro-acoustic performances inspired by local street sounds.
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, and 2019 will see the rink return for its 20th year. 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 ea13th November 2019Sunday 12th January 2020 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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On Soon
Skate At Somerset House
event  Running from Wednesday 13th November 2019 until Sunday 12th January 2020
TIMES  13th November 2019 to 12th January 2020  PRICING  From £11 (Adults), From £8.50 (Children 12 years or under) plus £2.95 transaction fee
The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town, and 2019 will see the rink return for its 20th year. 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 ea... More about this event
 
KrankbrotherKrankbrotherThe electronic duo host a party for late-night skaters.14th November 2019Thursday 14th November 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Krankbrother
event  Thursday 14th November 2019
TIMES  Thursday 14th November 2019 at 8pm and 9pm  PRICING  £17
The electronic duo host a party for late-night skaters.
SaluteSaluteThe Manchester-based Austrian electronic DJ hosts a party for late-night skaters.15th November 2019Friday 15th November 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Salute
event  Friday 15th November 2019
TIMES  Friday 15th November 2019 at 8pm and 9pm  PRICING  £17
The Manchester-based Austrian electronic DJ hosts a party for late-night skaters.

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Courtauld Gallery

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Reception
200
 
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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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60
 

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Dolly Parton's signature sass is stamped all over this empowering musical version of the 1980 movie in which she co-starred. ...More

 
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
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Theatre | Until 27th June 2020 

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Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written ...More

 
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Hidden London: The Exhibition
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Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2020 

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