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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.

 

Somerset House events

 
North: Fashioning IdentityNorth: Fashioning IdentityNorth: Fashioning IdentitySomerset House explores the contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England with new exhibition, North: Fashioning Identity. With over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks, it highlights how the realities of life in the north during the mid-20th century inspired a new generation of photographers, artists and de19th January 2018Sunday 4th February 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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North: Fashioning Identity
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TIMES  8th November 2017 to 4th February 2018  PRICING  Adult £7, concession £5
Somerset House explores the contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England with new exhibition, North: Fashioning Identity. With over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks, it highlights how the realities of life in the north during the mid-20th century inspired a new generation of photographers, artists and de... More about this event
 
Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018Aashni + Co Wedding Show 201821st January 2018Sunday 21st January 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018
event  Sunday 21st January 2018
TIMES  Sunday 21st January 2018 - 10.30am-6.30pm  PRICING  £25, child Free
Eloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The MarkEloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The MarkEloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The MarkA new work by artist Eloise Hawser, By The Deep, By The Mark presents playful parallels between extraordinary feats or civil engineering and the workings of the human body. Using Somerset House's close relationship with the River Thames and Victoria Embankment as a starting point, the show takes visitors on a journey through a three dimensional min31st January 2018Sunday 22nd April 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Free EventOn Soon
Eloise Hawser: By The Deep, By The Mark
event  Running from Wednesday 31st January 2018 until Sunday 22nd April 2018
TIMES  31st January to 22nd April 2018  PRICING  Free
A new work by artist Eloise Hawser, By The Deep, By The Mark presents playful parallels between extraordinary feats or civil engineering and the workings of the human body. Using Somerset House's close relationship with the River Thames and Victoria Embankment as a starting point, the show takes visitors on a journey through a three dimensional min... More about this event
 
Sony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionSony World Photography Awards ExhibitionThe World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 11th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. Five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, p20th April 2018Sunday 6th May 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
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Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
event  Running from Friday 20th April 2018 until Sunday 6th May 2018
TIMES  20th April to 6th May 2018  PRICING  On the door £10-£12 (Adults), Free (Children Under 12)
The World Photography Organisation stages a large-scale London exhibition showing the winning and shortlisted images of the 11th edition of the Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. Five hundred of the best professional and amateur contemporary photographs from around the world are selected, capturing everything from fashion to travel, p... More about this event
 

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Courtauld Gallery

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Reception
200
 
Dinner
50
 

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Seamen's Hall

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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

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Reception
550
 
Dinner
400
 

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The Hermitage Room

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Other
60
 

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Exhibitions | Until 15th April 2018 

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Mamma Mia!
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The Lion King
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Theatre | Until 25th March 2018 

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The Play That Goes Wrong
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Theatre | Until 25th February 2018 

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Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
99 Club Covent Garden
Comedy | On 19th January 2018 

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Laddish gags and alternative wit from veteran stand-up and entertainer Bob Mills. Plus Ivo Graham and Keith Farnan....More

Dreamgirls
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Theatre | Until 10th February 2018 

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

 
La Soiree
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Poster Girls
Exhibitions | Until 2nd January 2019 

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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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This Valentine's, enjoy 2for1 admission at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. The venue is offering the deal to anyone who brings date between February 10th to ...More

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The Queen Of Hoxton

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The Potato Puppet Playground
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The CentrE17

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The Book Club

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