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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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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseFilm4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseFilm4 Summer Screen at Somerset HouseMichael Caine and Glenn Close appear live on stage at this year's Film4 Summer Screen as the open air film festival returns to Somerset House to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Opening with the premiere of The Wife, starring Glenn Close, who will introduce the film with director Bjorn Runge, the 2018 line-up includes Inception (22nd August 2018Wednesday 22nd August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
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TIMES  9th to 22nd August 2018  PRICING  Behind the Screen £10
Michael Caine and Glenn Close appear live on stage at this year's Film4 Summer Screen as the open air film festival returns to Somerset House to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Opening with the premiere of The Wife, starring Glenn Close, who will introduce the film with director Bjorn Runge, the 2018 line-up includes Inception (... More about this event
 
Shechter Underground at Somerset HouseShechter Underground at Somerset HouseShechter Underground at Somerset HouseThis August Bank Holiday weekend, for three nights only, the dance company set up by internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter will present Shechter Underground, a site-responsive show that will lead audiences through the atmospheric maze-like underground tunnels and rooms beneath Somerset House. The company's talented young dancers 23rd August 2018Saturday 25th August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Shechter Underground at Somerset House
event  Running from Thursday 23rd August 2018 until Saturday 25th August 2018
TIMES  23rd, 24th and 25th August 2018  PRICING  £15, £12.50 (concs)
This August Bank Holiday weekend, for three nights only, the dance company set up by internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter will present Shechter Underground, a site-responsive show that will lead audiences through the atmospheric maze-like underground tunnels and rooms beneath Somerset House. The company's talented young dancers ... More about this event
 
Shechter UndergroundShechter UndergroundHofesh Shechter Company dancer Erion Kruja reworks the choreographer's celebrated show Clowns as an immersive, site-responsive performance.23rd August 2018Saturday 25th August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Shechter Underground
event  Running from Thursday 23rd August 2018 until Saturday 25th August 2018
TIMES  23rd, 24th and 25th August 2018 at 6.30pm-7.30pm and 8.30pm-9.30pm  PRICING  £15, concs £12.50
Hofesh Shechter Company dancer Erion Kruja reworks the choreographer's celebrated show Clowns as an immersive, site-responsive performance.
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.24th August 2018Friday 24th August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 24th August 2018
TIMES  Friday 24th August 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.
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.31st August 2018Friday 31st August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 31st August 2018
TIMES  Friday 31st August 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.
London Design Biennale 2018London Design Biennale 2018An immersive exhibition full of artworks, innovations and installations, based on the theme Emotional States, and explores ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality.4th September 2018Sunday 23rd September 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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London Design Biennale 2018
event  Running from Tuesday 4th September 2018 until Sunday 23rd September 2018
TIMES  4th to 23rd September 2018 - Various Times  PRICING  £19.50, concs £16.50, under 12s Free
An immersive exhibition full of artworks, innovations and installations, based on the theme Emotional States, and explores ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities and social equality.
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.7th September 2018Friday 7th September 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 7th September 2018
TIMES  Friday 7th September 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.
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.14th September 2018Friday 14th September 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 14th September 2018
TIMES  Friday 14th September 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.
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.21st September 2018Friday 21st September 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
East Wing Live
event  Friday 21st September 2018
TIMES  Friday 21st September 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.
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.28th September 2018Friday 28th September 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free Event 
East Wing Live
event  Friday 28th September 2018
TIMES  Friday 28th September 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.

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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

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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

Capacity

Reception
550
 
Dinner
400
 

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The Hermitage Room

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Other
60
 

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In 2018 the London Transport Museum hosts a Year of Engineering exploring engineering feats like Crossrail and the Brunel tunnel. ...More

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Female focussed exhibition Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum puts the spotlight on 20th and 21st century women graphic ...More

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Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton plays legendary diva Dorothy Brock in the hit Broadway musical 42nd Street at London's Theatre ...More

 
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Concluding the Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Season, The Importance of Being Earnest is staged at the Vaudeville Theatre this ...More

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Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots is really ...More

 
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