Somerset House  

 
 
ADDRESS
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R 1LA
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
10am-6pm
 
PRICES
Courtauld Gallery: £5 (Adults), £4 (Concs), FREE (Mondays 10am-2pm excl Public Holidays) | Embankment Galleries: £8 (Adults), £6 (Concs)
 

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Somerset HouseSomerset 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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Open Your Palm, Feel The Dust Settling ThereOpen Your Palm, Feel The Dust Settling ThereThe author Laura Grace Ford performs an audio-visual piece that looks at various areas of London using projections and spoken word.2018-06-27T19:00:00+01002018-06-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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The Influence ProjectThe Influence ProjectPhotographic portraits of pioneers of R&B, funk, soul, Afrobeat and hip hop by Congolese, London-based photographer Alexis Chabala and producer Lorayne Crawford.2018-06-27T11:00:00+01002018-08-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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The Listening PartyThe Listening PartyPaul Purgas, Nabihah Iqbal, Kindness and others supply R&B and dance music tracks.2018-06-29T20:00:00+01002018-06-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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MetronomyMetronomyThe indietronica four-piece of Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior and Gbenga Adelekan from Devon.2018-07-05T19:30:00+01002018-07-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Somerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesSomerset House Summer SeriesBritish band Metronomy, hip hop pioneers De La Soul and Don Letts, celebrating British bass culture, come to the courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series - one of the best Summer Music Festivals in London. Australia's festival favourites Flight Facilities are followed by David Rodigan who joins forces with The Outlook Orchestra to 2018-07-05T00:00:00+01002018-07-15T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Concerts > Festivals & seasons
PRICING  £31.25-£56.25 incl booking fee
DATES  5th to 15th July 2018
British band Metronomy, hip hop pioneers De La Soul and Don Letts, celebrating British bass culture, come to the courtyard of Somerset House for this year's Summer Series - one of the best Summer Music Festivals in London. Australia's festival favourites Flight Facilities are followed by David Rodigan who joins forces with The Outlook Orchestra to ... More about this event
 
PRINT! Tearing It UpPRINT! Tearing It Up2018-07-05T19:30:00+01002018-07-15T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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PRINT! Tearing It Up
Hannah PerryHannah Perry2018-07-05T10:00:00+01002018-08-05T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Hannah Perry
Flight FacilitiesFlight FacilitiesThe Australian pairing of Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell bring their electronica tunes to the UK's stages.2018-07-06T19:30:00+01002018-07-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Resis'danceResis'danceA showcase for queer female and non-binary artists performing live music and poetry and providing DJs.2018-07-06T19:30:00+01002018-07-06T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Don Letts Presents Bass ForwardDon Letts Presents Bass ForwardA showcase to illustrate the effect of bass culture on popular music. Artists appearing live include Wiley and Congo Natty, plus DJ sets from Jazzie B, Norman Jay MBE and Don Letts.2018-07-07T16:00:00+01002018-07-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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6 minutes walk
 
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12 minutes walk
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £188  37% off
336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from Somerset House
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  23% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 3 minutes from Somerset House
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
 
 
 
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £124  41% off
Aldwych, WC2B | 3 minutes from Somerset House
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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Nearest to Somerset House
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Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Somerset House
London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design ... More
 
 
 
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The Horse Hospital
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
30 Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 17 minutes from Somerset House
As the name suggests, The Horse Hospital wasn't always the modern arts venue it is today. Once home to sick and injured horses - many references ... More
 
 
 
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Barbican Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Silk Street, City, London EC2Y | 23 minutes from Somerset House
Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or ... More
 
 
 
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Novello Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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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Theatre Royal Drury Lane
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 4 minutes from Somerset House
London's oldest theatre is also its most spectacular, with a palatial auditorium that is among the most impressive in the world. The first theatre on this ... More
 
 
 
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Mamma Mia!
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 6th September 2012 to 2nd March 2019
Somerset House, Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Somerset House
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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The Importance Of Being Earnest
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th July to 20th October 2018
Somerset House, 404 Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from Somerset House
Concluding the Classic Spring Oscar Wilde Season, The Importance of Being Earnest is staged at the Vaudeville Theatre this summer. Olivier Award-winner Sophie Thompson takes ...More
 
 
 
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Kinky Boots
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 21st August 2015 to 29th September 2018
Somerset House, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 5 minutes from Somerset House
Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots is really all about accepting people for who ...More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Somerset House
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Somerset House: Embankment Galleries
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | Same location as Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 best shops and markets near Somerset House
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The Albion Emporium
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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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Education near Somerset House

Near Somerset House
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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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The best pubs near London Somerset House.
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Edgar Wallace
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Essex Street, Holborn, London WC2R | 5 minutes from Somerset House
... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 5 minutes from Somerset House
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 7 minutes from Somerset House
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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Somerset House clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Proud Embankment
London > Nightlife >
8 Victoria Embankment, WC2R | 1 minute from Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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 Somerset House
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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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Somerset House.
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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 Somerset House
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 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, ... More
 
 
 
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Two Temple Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
Two Temple Place, Holborn, London WC2R | 4 minutes from Somerset House
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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Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 2nd March 2019 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 29th September 2018 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls
Theatre | Until 25th September 2018 

Savoy Theatre 3 minutes walk from Somerset House

A multi-award winning hit on Broadway and a 2006 film starring Beyonce, Dreamgirls returns thirty-five years after the original 1981Tony ...More

 
Tina
Tina
Theatre | Until 16th February 2019 

Aldwych Theatre 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

 
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Exhibitions | Until 24th September 2018 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

Poster Girls
Exhibitions | Until 2nd January 2019 

London Transport Museum 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

42nd Street
42nd Street
Theatre | Until 20th October 2018 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 4 minutes walk from Somerset House

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

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 29th September 2018 

Adelphi Theatre 5 minutes walk from Somerset House

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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Translations
Theatre | Until 11th August 2018 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 5 minutes walk from Somerset House

Thirteen years after it was last staged at the National Theatre, Brian Friel's modern classic, Translations, returns. Ciaran Hinds and ...More

 
Macbeth
Macbeth
Theatre | Until 23rd June 2018 

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre 5 minutes walk from Somerset House

Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this revival of Shakespeare's intense and terrifying tragedy, directed ...More

 

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