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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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Wadadli Days and NightsWadadli Days and NightsWadadli Days and NightsAndi Oliver and Neneh Cherry host a culinary, creative and musical weekend as part of Get Up, Stand Up Now, transforming the Somerset House courtyard into an old school sound system street party. Cooking and playing tracks, the pair will be giving the party sustenance with food, music and laughter. Andi hosts a two-day pop-up of her Wadadli Kitchen16th June 2019Sunday 16th June 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Wadadli Days and Nights
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TIMES  Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2019  PRICING  Free
Andi Oliver and Neneh Cherry host a culinary, creative and musical weekend as part of Get Up, Stand Up Now, transforming the Somerset House courtyard into an old school sound system street party. Cooking and playing tracks, the pair will be giving the party sustenance with food, music and laughter. Andi hosts a two-day pop-up of her Wadadli Kitchen... More about this event
 
Get Up, Stand Up NowGet Up, Stand Up NowA group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists come together at Somerset House to celebrate the past 50 years of black creativity in Britain and beyond. Get Up, Stand Up Now is curated by Zak Ove whose father, Horace, was the creator of the first feature film by a Black British director. He has invited the artists selected to exhibit for their gro17th June 2019Sunday 15th September 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Get Up, Stand Up Now
event  Running from Wednesday 12th June 2019 until Sunday 15th September 2019
TIMES  12th June to 15th September 2019  PRICING  £12.50 (Adults), £9.50 (Concessions), Free (Under 12s)
A group of around 100 interdisciplinary artists come together at Somerset House to celebrate the past 50 years of black creativity in Britain and beyond. Get Up, Stand Up Now is curated by Zak Ove whose father, Horace, was the creator of the first feature film by a Black British director. He has invited the artists selected to exhibit for their gro... More about this event
The InternetThe InternetThe American five-piece performs soul and hip hop.11th July 2019Thursday 11th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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The Internet
event  Thursday 11th July 2019
TIMES  Thursday 11th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £41.25
The American five-piece performs soul and hip hop.
Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesGrammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet kick off this year's Somerset House Summer Series, performing al fresco in the grand 18th-century courtyard. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, the event will also see Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, Parcels, and Cut Copy perform 11th July 2019Sunday 21st July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Somerset House Summer Series
event  Running from Thursday 11th July 2019 until Sunday 21st July 2019
TIMES  11th to 21st July 2019  PRICING  £31.25-£56.25 incl booking fee
Grammy-nominated five-piece The Internet, Brit Award-nominee Nao, and Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet kick off this year's Somerset House Summer Series, performing al fresco in the grand 18th-century courtyard. One of the best Summer Music Festivals in London, the event will also see Jacob Banks, Rosalia, Doves, Parcels, and Cut Copy perform ... More about this event
 
The World Illustration AwardsThe World Illustration AwardsThe World Illustration AwardsThe World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this summer to showcase the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. This year, political themes are prominent among the 200 shortlisted projects with illustrations dealing with current concerns including the #MeToo movement, Brexit and Climate Change, showing ho11th July 2019Sunday 28th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The World Illustration Awards
event  Running from Thursday 11th July 2019 until Sunday 28th July 2019
TIMES  11th to 28th July 2019  PRICING  Free
The World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this summer to showcase the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. This year, political themes are prominent among the 200 shortlisted projects with illustrations dealing with current concerns including the #MeToo movement, Brexit and Climate Change, showing ho... More about this event
 
NAONAOThe soulful singer-songwriter from London performs songs from her album Saturn.12th July 2019Friday 12th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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NAO
event  Friday 12th July 2019
TIMES  Friday 12th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £36.75
The soulful singer-songwriter from London performs songs from her album Saturn.
Jacob BanksJacob BanksThe Nigerian-born but UK-raised singer performs his contemporary soul material.14th July 2019Sunday 14th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Jacob Banks
event  Sunday 14th July 2019
TIMES  Sunday 14th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £31.25
The Nigerian-born but UK-raised singer performs his contemporary soul material.
RosaliaRosaliaCatalan-born pop singer, who makes forays into flamenco, electronic and R&B on her forthcoming album El Mal Querer,15th July 2019Monday 15th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Rosalia
event  Monday 15th July 2019
TIMES  Monday 15th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £58.75, phone for availability
Catalan-born pop singer, who makes forays into flamenco, electronic and R&B on her forthcoming album El Mal Querer,
DovesDovesThis three-piece band who originate from Cheshire, bring their own style of alternative rock to the live stage.16th July 2019Tuesday 16th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Doves
event  Tuesday 16th July 2019
TIMES  Tuesday 16th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £33.75, phone for availability
This three-piece band who originate from Cheshire, bring their own style of alternative rock to the live stage.
The Good, The Bad & The QueenThe Good, The Bad & The QueenThe alt rock supergroup comprising Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong promotes the second studio album, Merrie Land.17th July 2019Wednesday 17th July 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
event  Wednesday 17th July 2019
TIMES  Wednesday 17th July 2019 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £48.75
The alt rock supergroup comprising Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong promotes the second studio album, Merrie Land.

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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

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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