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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

London Design Biennale 2021London Design Biennale 2021Designers, innovators and curators from almost 50 countries gather at Somerset House for an immersive exhibition of artworks, installations and presentations based on the theme Resonance. The interactive show reveals how design influences and impacts our emotions, sometimes in really subtle ways.1st June 2021Sunday 27th June 2021 Where:
Somerset House, † Strand† † † WC2R 1LA
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London Design Biennale 2021
event Running from Tuesday 1st June 2021 until Sunday 27th June 2021
TIMES1st to 27th June 2021 - 11am-7.15pm† PRICING£22.50, adv booking required, adv tickets from www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/london-design-biennale-2021
Designers, innovators and curators from almost 50 countries gather at Somerset House for an immersive exhibition of artworks, installations and presentations based on the theme Resonance. The interactive show reveals how design influences and impacts our emotions, sometimes in really subtle ways.

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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

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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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