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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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Hannah Perry: GushHannah Perry: GushHannah Perry: GushThis October, Somerset House hosts a major UK solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Perry. Titled Gush, the new exhibition explores mental and emotional health, showcasing a diverse body of new work. Visitors will see everything from large-scale dynamic sculptures to immersive sound and film pieces. Central to the exhibition is an immersive film16th October 2018Sunday 4th November 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventNow On
Hannah Perry: Gush
event  Running until Sunday 4th November 2018
TIMES  3rd October to 4th November 2018  PRICING  Free
This October, Somerset House hosts a major UK solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Perry. Titled Gush, the new exhibition explores mental and emotional health, showcasing a diverse body of new work. Visitors will see everything from large-scale dynamic sculptures to immersive sound and film pieces. Central to the exhibition is an immersive film... More about this event
 
East Wing LiveEast Wing LiveCo-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.19th October 2018Friday 19th October 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 19th October 2018
TIMES  Friday 19th October 2018 - 1pm  PRICING  Free
Co-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsGood Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsGood Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of PeanutsShowing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are displayed alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Artists and designers who've paid homage to the comic strip characters include Kim Jones, of Dior Men's, who has loaned his sweatshirts and25th October 2018Sunday 3rd March 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy And The Enduring Power Of Peanuts
event  Running from Thursday 25th October 2018 until Sunday 3rd March 2019
TIMES  25th October 2018 to 3rd March 2019  PRICING  £14, concs £11, child Free
Showing the enduring power of Peanuts, 70 years since Charlie Brown was created, original drawings by Charles M Schulz are displayed alongside works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie and the rest of the Peanuts gang. Artists and designers who've paid homage to the comic strip characters include Kim Jones, of Dior Men's, who has loaned his sweatshirts and... More about this event
 
East Wing LiveEast Wing LiveCo-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.26th October 2018Friday 26th October 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 26th October 2018
TIMES  Friday 26th October 2018 - 1pm  PRICING  Free
Co-programmed by two Somerset House Residents, MOBO and Music For Youth, expect to see up-and-coming musical talent playing stripped back sets.
Rage: Puce Mary, Naked + TbcRage: Puce Mary, Naked + TbcThree acts perform their experimental electronic music in performance installations, curated by Agnes Gryczkowska.14th November 2018Wednesday 14th November 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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On Soon
Rage: Puce Mary, Naked + Tbc
event  Wednesday 14th November 2018
TIMES  Wednesday 14th November 2018 - 7.30pm-8.45pm  PRICING  £12
Three acts perform their experimental electronic music in performance installations, curated by Agnes Gryczkowska.
Nozomu Matsumoto & Nile Koetting: ClimatotherapyNozomu Matsumoto & Nile Koetting: ClimatotherapyPerformance installation developed from Nozomu's recent release on The Death of Rave.14th November 2018Sunday 18th November 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Nozomu Matsumoto & Nile Koetting: Climatotherapy
event  Running from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Sunday 18th November 2018
TIMES  14th to 18th Nov 2018 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Performance installation developed from Nozomu's recent release on The Death of Rave.
Siren: The Shape Of SoundSiren: The Shape Of SoundSix live performances by Iceboy Violet, Moonbow, MT Hall, MX World, Object Blue and Rkss in this video installation.14th November 2018Sunday 18th November 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Siren: The Shape Of Sound
event  Running from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Sunday 18th November 2018
TIMES  14th to 18th Nov 2018 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Six live performances by Iceboy Violet, Moonbow, MT Hall, MX World, Object Blue and Rkss in this video installation.
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. 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 ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngste14th November 2018Sunday 13th January 2019 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Skate At Somerset House
event  Running from Wednesday 14th November 2018 until Sunday 13th January 2019
TIMES  14th November 2018 to 13th January 2019  PRICING  Tickets from £11 adults and £8.50 children
The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. 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 ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngste... More about this event
 
Lotic & Roderick George: EmbryogenesisLotic & Roderick George: EmbryogenesisA collaboration between classically trained dancer and choreographer Roderick George and musician J'Kerian Morgan aka Lotic.15th November 2018Thursday 15th November 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Lotic & Roderick George: Embryogenesis
event  Thursday 15th November 2018
TIMES  Thursday 15th November 2018 at 7.30pm-8.10pm and 9pm-9.40pm  PRICING  £15
A collaboration between classically trained dancer and choreographer Roderick George and musician J'Kerian Morgan aka Lotic.
Gazelle TwinGazelle TwinThe Brighton-based artist Elizabeth Bernholz performs in her electronic oeuvre.16th November 2018Friday 16th November 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
 
Gazelle Twin
event  Friday 16th November 2018
TIMES  Friday 16th November 2018 - 7.30pm-10pm  PRICING  £17
The Brighton-based artist Elizabeth Bernholz performs in her electronic oeuvre.

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Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

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60
 

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