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Somerset House

The Strand, London London WC2R 1LA, England
+44 20 7845 4600
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Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art, design and fashion exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors. The Trust's mission is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
The Strand, London London WC2R 1LA, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7845 4600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very large building used for lots of events. Easy to get to just the Strand.Has food and drink. I went to see a photo show.

Thank Patrick A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Peroni bar on the riverside terrace is a wonderful hidden venue at the back of Somerset House by the river. This bar with a canvas roof, romantically lit with pot plants and little tables is a wonderful post-work escape. The staff are friendly but...More

Thank ljc1205
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there a few times and I have to say I absolutely loved their exhibition on impressionist and post-impressionists artists!! It's really impressive and you'll see some world famous paintings... If it's still on while your there I really highly recommend you go there !!!...More

Thank Henri G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Somerset House is right across the street from the Waldorf Hilton where we are staying. Don't miss the beautiful Courtauld art collection. It is well worth seeing.

2  Thank Judi G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If in London this is well worth a visit not just for the lovely architecture but for the works of art. The gift shop has some nice and not overly expensive products that would make nice Christmas gifts. In the winter you can do some...More

Thank 3oclockS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building just sucks when we went it was blocked by a big tent there was an event. If you are an art lover its the place to be.

Thank silent_21
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Although Somerset House is now been retained as Kings College university and alive with students it is well worth a visit because of the grandeur of this massive building. Enter into the massive paved courtyard off the Strand. Walk though the corridors and staircases. Students...More

Thank Shane H
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Somerset house never disappoints offering countless opportunities and pleasures for the arts lovers or for families who want a nice afternoon out. It's an inspiring place, nearly always busy but worth visiting be it summer or winter.

Thank lillya a
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Previously home to numerous civil servants and tax collectors but now (mercifully) given over to the public as a place of 'arts & learning'. As well as the Courtauld Institute it hosts many interesting events throughout the year (e.g. Photo London) and is generally a...More

Thank wolsties
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Great courtyard with amazing fountains, the whole building is immense. It houses various exhibitions etc., but the Courtauld Institute art collection has a permanent home their and it's art collection is not to be missed.

Thank Martin H
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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vince a
Hello, I have just read your article about having a decent time for the NYE Celebrations and fireworks at Somerset House. Can you please let me know how you booked the tickets and at what price? Also kindly let me know the dress code for the night. Thanks in advance for your help.
29 March 2015|
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Response from Ernst S | Reviewed this property |
Hello Vince, I have not been there for New Year, but judging from their website, they have an ice rink and viewing from the riverbank terrace as a kind of tradition. That being outdoors and including skating), dress code... More
vince a
Hello to all. We shall be visiting London for the New Year period. Can anyone advise how we can book a place at Somerset House for New Year's Eve please? What are the prices and dress code? Thanks in advance.
29 March 2015|
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Response from Andipr | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We booked via their website, I think the tickets were only released around November. Hope you have a great time.