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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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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.27th June 2018Wednesday 27th June 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Open Your Palm, Feel The Dust Settling There
event  Wednesday 27th June 2018
TIMES  Wednesday 27th June 2018 - 7pm-8.30pm  PRICING  £5
The author Laura Grace Ford performs an audio-visual piece that looks at various areas of London using projections and spoken word.
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.27th June 2018Wednesday 22nd August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Influence Project
event  Running from Wednesday 27th June 2018 until Wednesday 22nd August 2018
TIMES  27th June to 22nd August 2018 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Photographic portraits of pioneers of R&B, funk, soul, Afrobeat and hip hop by Congolese, London-based photographer Alexis Chabala and producer Lorayne Crawford.
The Listening PartyThe Listening PartyPaul Purgas, Nabihah Iqbal, Kindness and others supply R&B and dance music tracks.29th June 2018Friday 29th June 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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The Listening Party
event  Friday 29th June 2018
TIMES  Friday 29th June 2018 - 8pm-0.30am  PRICING  £11.40
Paul Purgas, Nabihah Iqbal, Kindness and others supply R&B and dance music tracks.
MetronomyMetronomyThe indietronica four-piece of Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior and Gbenga Adelekan from Devon.5th July 2018Thursday 5th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Metronomy
event  Thursday 5th July 2018
TIMES  Thursday 5th July 2018 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £35, phone for availability
The indietronica four-piece of Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior and Gbenga Adelekan from Devon.
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 5th July 2018Sunday 15th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Somerset House Summer Series
event  Running from Thursday 5th July 2018 until Sunday 15th July 2018
TIMES  5th to 15th July 2018  PRICING  £31.25-£56.25 incl booking fee
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 Up5th July 2018Sunday 15th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
PRINT! Tearing It Up
event  Running from Thursday 5th July 2018 until Sunday 15th July 2018
TIMES  5th to 15th July 2018 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Hannah PerryHannah Perry5th July 2018Sunday 5th August 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Hannah Perry
event  Running from Thursday 5th July 2018 until Sunday 5th August 2018
TIMES  5th July to 5th August 2018 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Flight FacilitiesFlight FacilitiesThe Australian pairing of Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell bring their electronica tunes to the UK's stages.6th July 2018Friday 6th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Flight Facilities
event  Friday 6th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 6th July 2018 - 7.30pm  PRICING  £27.50, phone for availability
The Australian pairing of Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell bring their electronica tunes to the UK's stages.
Resis'danceResis'danceA showcase for queer female and non-binary artists performing live music and poetry and providing DJs.6th July 2018Friday 6th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
On Soon
Resis'dance
event  Friday 6th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 6th July 2018 - 7.30pm-11.30pm  PRICING  £5
A showcase for queer female and non-binary artists performing live music and poetry and providing DJs.
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.7th July 2018Saturday 7th July 2018 Where:
Somerset House,   Strand      WC2R 1LA
Category: event
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Don Letts Presents Bass Forward
event  Saturday 7th July 2018
TIMES  Saturday 7th July 2018 - 4pm  PRICING  £27.50
A 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.

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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

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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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