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Now Play ThisA celebration of games and play at Somerset House, popular gaming festival Now Play This expands to nine days and presents over 50 games to get involved with. Coinciding with the city-wide, London Games Festival, this festival of play features immersive karaoke, a light-up quick reaction test and the award-winning interactive love story, Florence, chosen by The Guardian as one the best video games of 2018. Explore an enchanted forest, see a 1980's games console reimagined and take part in two free outdoor games - Zach Gage's 'Labyrinth' and a trail across the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. Sign up for a Makers' Weekend Pass and you not only get unlimited entry to the festival but also special access to talks, workshops and activities with many of the designers and makers taking part.

 

About Somerset House

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). More about Somerset House

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336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from Now Play This
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  33% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 3 minutes from Now Play This
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £155  42% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 3 minutes from Now Play This
Positioned between the City's Square Mile and the thriving West End, this grand, Edwardian Hilton hotel welcomes guests with a patisserie and champagne bar in the ... More
 
 
 
 
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Mamma Mia!
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th September 2012 to 14th September 2019
Now Play This, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Now Play This
Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the distant memories of carefree days and ...More
 
 
 
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Waitress
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February to 19th October 2019
Now Play This, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from Now Play This
Transferring from Broadway, the Waitress musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre for its UK premiere in February. The first musical to have an all-female creative team, ...More
 
 
 
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Groan Ups
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th September to 1st December 2019
Now Play This, 404 Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from Now Play This
A new play from Mischief Theatre, the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, Groan Ups is a show all about growing up. The brand-new comedy ...More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
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 ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Now Play This
Built in 1905 to form a pair with the near-identical Aldwych Theatre, the Novello Theatre (formerly known as the Strand Theatre) is one of London's more ... More
 
 
 
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Savoy Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 3 minutes from Now Play This
Situated alongside the Savoy Hotel, the building of the current theatre with its Art Deco auditorium, was financed by Richard d'Oyly Carte with the considerable profits ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Now Play This
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Somerset House: Embankment Galleries
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
Opened on 24th April 2008, the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House offer 750 square metres of exhibition space where the Hermitage Rooms used to be. Exhibitions ... More
 
 
 
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The Courtauld Institute Of Art
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
Manet's 'Bar at the Folies-Bergeres', Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait with a Bandaged Ear' and Renoir's 'La Loge' are just a few of the celebrated ... More
 
 
 
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The Store Studios
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
180 The Strand, WC2R | 3 minutes from Now Play This
A creative space and broadcast studios housed in a Brutalist building, Store Studios, 180 The Strand launched in October 2016 with 'The ... More
 
 
 
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Now Play This
As British as a bacon buttie, buying your groceries at The Albion Emporium is like getting first dibs on Mrs Beeton's pantry. A bastion of Britishness, ... More
 
 
 
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Primrose Bakery
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
42 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Now Play This
If cupcakes are you cup of tea then head to the Covent Garden outlet of Primrose Bakery, a family owned enterprise which makes the most scrumptious ... More
 
 
 
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Penhaligon's
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
41 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from Now Play This
For a sweet-smelling, sensory overload, Penhaligon's has to be the place to go. From the original Hammam Bouquet to the Winston Churchill's favourite - the Blenheim ... More
 
 
 
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The Admiralty
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
Somerset House, The Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
In the evenings, approach this restaurant through the fountained courtyard of Somerset House to get yourself in the mood for a magical meal. The Admiralty is ... More
 
 
 
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Admiralty Deli at Somerset House
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
This cafe can fulfil all your snack requirements while you peruse the exhibits at beautiful 18th century Somerset House.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House Terrace
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
This riverside cafe commands wonderful views of the Thames from outside the 18th-century Somerset House. Large sunshades shield customers from the sun's reflective glare, while cooling ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from Now Play This
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 5 minutes from Now Play This
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 8 minutes from Now Play This
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 6 minutes from Now Play This
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 6 minutes from Now Play This
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Now Play This
Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
 
 
 
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Edgar Wallace
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Essex Street, Holborn, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Now Play This
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Now Play This
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 7 minutes from Now Play This
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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Proud Embankment
London > Nightlife >
8 Victoria Embankment, WC2R | 1 minute from Now Play This
Baz Luhrmann meets Cirque du Soleil at Proud Embankment, an immersive cabaret-dining experience and the largest club of its kind in ... More
 
 
 
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The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Now Play This
Named one of the top five hotel bars in the world by the Sunday Telegraph, the Lobby Bar at the chic One Aldwych hotel is renowned ... More
 
 
 
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Grays & Feather
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
26 Wellington Street, WC2E | 3 minutes from Now Play This
Specialising in sparkling wines Grays & Feather offers an exploration, education and, most importantly, enjoyment - without breaking the bank - of fizz. From the rolling ... More
 
 
 
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Silver Fleet - Woods River Cruises
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House South Wing Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
Enjoy a luxury cruise on the Silver Fleet. Departing from the Savoy Pier and cruising along the Thames. A classy way to see the Thames.... More
 
 
 
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Somerset House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Now Play This
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, ... More
 
 
 
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Two Temple Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
Two Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Now Play This
With its castle like façade and a striking interior, Two Temple Place is one of London's most prestigious settings for corporate and private events. As well ... More
 
 
 

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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second LanguageHanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second LanguageThe two fashion photographers present new works in direct response to the historical setting of Somerset House.2019-03-20T11:00:00+00002019-04-28T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second Language
Now Play ThisNow Play ThisNow Play ThisA celebration of games and play at Somerset House, popular gaming festival Now Play This expands to nine days and presents over 50 games to get involved with. Coinciding with the city-wide, London Games Festival, this festival of play features immersive karaoke, a light-up quick reaction test and the award-winning interactive love story, Florence, 2019-04-06T00:00:00+01002019-04-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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event > Exhibitions > Special exhibits - Galleries
PRICING  £8 (Adult), £6.50 (Concession) | Weekend Pass £25
DATES  6th to 14th April 2019
VENUE  Somerset House 
A celebration of games and play at Somerset House, popular gaming festival Now Play This expands to nine days and presents over 50 games to get involved with. Coinciding with the city-wide, London Games Festival, this festival of play features immersive karaoke, a light-up quick reaction test and the award-winning interactive love story, Florence, ... More about this event
 
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseFilm4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseFilm4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseThe most famous of all the open air film events in London, Film4 Summer Screen returns to Somerset House to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of outdoor movies. As well as the evening's feature film there are DJ sets inspired by the main event, al fresco picnics and a fabulous summer vibe. Additionally, Behind the Screen presents panel discu2019-08-08T00:00:00+01002019-08-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 

event > Film Events > Film festivals & seasons
PRICING  Behind the Screen £10
DATES  8th to 21st August 2019
VENUE  Somerset House 
The most famous of all the open air film events in London, Film4 Summer Screen returns to Somerset House to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of outdoor movies. As well as the evening's feature film there are DJ sets inspired by the main event, al fresco picnics and a fabulous summer vibe. Additionally, Behind the Screen presents panel discu... More about this event
 
 

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Hanna Moon & Joyce Ng: English As A Second Language
Exhibitions | Until 28th April 2019 

Somerset House

The two fashion photographers present new works in direct response to the historical setting of Somerset House....More

Mamma Mia!
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Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from Now Play This

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
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The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Now Play This

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Duchess Theatre 3 minutes walk from Now Play This

Award-winning company Theatre Mischief presents a hilarious play-within-a-play about an amateur dramatic society staging a murder mystery, which is beset ...More

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Savoy Theatre 3 minutes walk from Now Play This

Jeff Calhoun directs Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley in the empowering musical based on the 1980 ...More

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Aldwych Theatre 4 minutes walk from Now Play This

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

 
John Ruskin: The Power Of Seeing
Exhibitions | Until 22nd April 2019 

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Over 190 paintings, drawing, metal work, plaster casts and daguerreotypes that illustrates the artist's attitude to aesthetic beauty shaped by ...More

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Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2020 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from Now Play This

Explore the world of transport engineering in the Future Engineers gallery, a permanent display at the London Transport Museum since ...More

 
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Exhibitions | Until 14th July 2019 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from Now Play This

The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019 displays 100 shortlisted competition entries as chosen by an independent panel of judges. Taking ...More

 
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