Somerset House

Somerset House

Strand, City of Westminster, Greater London, WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom
Closed until 7:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 7:30 AM–11:00 PM
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Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London. An inspiring space for art, culture and creative exchange.


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  • ice skating
  • open air cinema
  • outdoor seating
  • courtauld institute
  • exhibits
  • concerts
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  • films
  • cafés
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  • courtyard
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  • Vogue

    Celebrate Christmas in style at the Somerset House ice rink – with late night skate sessions followed by mulled wine and cocktails. See the rest of our Christmas Culture Guide here: Read more

    Vogue · December 18, 2012
  • Louis Vuitton

    Even if you are not visiting one of the many exhibitions and events organised here throughout the year, come to sit in its beautiful and quiet neoclassical courtyard away from London’s busy streets.

    Louis Vuitton · June 14, 2010

    Built by the Duke of Somerset (executed in 1552 before the building was complete), it was later a residence for the queens of Charles I and II, and was regarded as a dangerous hotbed of Catholicism.

    HISTORY UK · January 17, 2011
  • Londonist

    Perfect place to take visiting parents. Be sure to check out the Nelson Stair near the toilets.

    Londonist · August 22, 2010

    Excited to get the skates on and get into the festive spirit.

    DAZED AND CONFUSED · November 26, 2010
  • Time Out London

    Somerset House contains a formidable art gallery (the wonderful Courtauld), a beautiful fountain court, a terraced café and a classy restaurant. Read more

    Time Out London · February 23, 2012
  • Time Out London

    Somerset House features a formidable art gallery, a beautiful fountain court, a terraced café and a classy restaurant. The courtyard and fountains are open until 11pm in in summer. Read more

    Time Out London · March 27, 2012

    This Strand building is home to 3 amazing art galleries: The Gilbert Collection, the Courtauld Institute, and the Hermitage Rooms. Don't miss the courtyard with fountains—beautiful in the summer. · October 11, 2011
  • AskMen

    Now open at Somerset House, Tom's Deli, offering up fresh salads, meats, fish, cheeses, quiches, and a whole host of Tom Aikens-branded products.

    AskMen · July 29, 2010
  • The Guardian

    "Informal opera performances in the west London park every summer, under a spectacular canopy with seating for 1,000 people..." Read more

    The Guardian · April 25, 2012
  • New York Habitat

    They offer free guided tours on the first Saturday of every month, but tickets are a first come first serve basis. Check out the free exhibition under the embankment galleries for a good introduction.

    New York Habitat · October 11, 2011
  • Luxos Magazine

    Hosting numerous contemporary art and design exhibitions, as well as open-air concerts, film screenings and other events and the most beautiful outdoor ice-rink in the city during winter... Read more

    Luxos Magazine · February 9, 2012
  • Paul C.

    Ice skating for an hour

    Paul Crooke · October 8, 2009
  • Evening Standard

    Summer Screen at Somerset House is a 12-day season of outdoor screenings which take place amongst the elegant colonnades of Somerset House’s expansive courtyard. Read more

    Evening Standard · May 11, 2012
  • Filmsquare

    The Light Well in Somerset House acted as the cells of Pentonville Prison, where Lord Blackwood is held prior to his hanging in Sherlock Holmes (2009).

    Filmsquare · February 1, 2014
  • The Guardian

    "A London hotspot in summer for open-air gigs and films, and in winter for ice-skating..." Read more

    The Guardian · April 25, 2012
  • Filmsquare

    Somerset House courtyard and the turning into it from Strand appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as James Bond drives his DB5 in on his way to meet M. Read more

    Filmsquare · June 19, 2013
  • Filmsquare

    The courtyard of Somerset House was used as a generic St Petersburg square in Goldeneye (1995) where Jack Wade's car breaks down and James Bond assists him while discussing about his mission. Read more

    Filmsquare · June 16, 2013
  • The Telegraph

    Turning down the ramp on the Embankment side to the terrace of Somerset House ( 

    The Telegraph · December 24, 2012
  • misspuffy

    Excellent exhibits and events. The courtyard alone is a fabulous place to come and find peace.

    misspuffy · June 23, 2012
  • Andrew S.

    Come in the winter and ice skate

    Andrew Smallwood · December 11, 2011
  • SEO-Doctor

    Saw Corrine Bailey Rae last night, nice. The venue is amazing.

    SEO-Doctor · July 17, 2010
  • David A.

    Christmas skating

    David Andrew · November 19, 2009
  • Dr. Richard Kimera S.

    Enjoyable. Please vist

    Dr. Richard Kimera Ssuna · December 22, 2014
  • Betony K.

    Don't miss the cakes in Tom's Cafe. It's tucked inside of the main building and is a real find with great food.

    Betony Kelly · December 10, 2014
  • Abu Aya a.

    Ice Skating in the winter and so much to do great location

    Abu Aya aka KD · December 6, 2014
  • Martita P.

    Skate on ice in Christmas time

    Martita Pinilla · December 5, 2014
  • Andrea L.

    I discovered somerset house "by accident" the visual impact of the ice skating rink is stunning!

    Andrea Lazzarini · November 18, 2014
  • Andrew M.

    Ice Skating in the winter, Fashion in the fall, and just a nice place to sit the rest of the time.

    Andrew Marks · October 23, 2014
  • Seamus M.

    some of the great photos from the exhibition

    Seamus McQuaid · August 17, 2014
  • Seamus M.

    First of many great photos from exhibition

    Seamus McQuaid · August 17, 2014
  • Victoria M.

    Beautiful place !

    Victoria Marcos · March 18, 2014
  • Simon

    The very best place for Christmas skating.

    Simon · November 15, 2013
  • Tom Č.

    In the Tomorrow Never Dies filmmakers decided to show this building as the War Office instead of the real old War Office in London. You can see it when Bond attend an emergency meeting held there.

    Tom Černohous · August 22, 2013

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan: A part of the song 'Saans' was shot here.

    HISTORY TV18 · March 13, 2013
  • •¥• Alexandra P.

    One of the most emblematic places to visit in London and to get yourself lost. Always many venues occurring so visit the website to know what's on.

  • Mieke B.

    Perfect spot to hang out on a sunny day, terrace in the back.

    Mieke B. · November 13, 2012
  • maria f.

    Love sound of water!

    maria firmino · August 10, 2012
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.

    Once a royal residence, the neoclassical courtyard of Somerset House is now home to three contemporary and classical art galleries, as well as the gilded State barge. Read more

    Morgans Hotel Group Manager · March 30, 2012
  • Alex W.

    Great coffee at the New Fernadez & Wells.

    Alex Watson · March 15, 2012
  • Marc E.

    Finishing your day on Tom's Terrace is perfect with the right company. Great range of drinks and good food. Interesting crowd.

    Marc Edgeley · August 23, 2011
  • Slick S.

    Great for hot sunny afternoon, ideal for kids playing in the fountains.

    Slick Slider · August 15, 2011
  • National Maritime M.

    Home to the Navy Board when built in the 18th century, it incorporated direct access to the river so officers could travel by barge to the dockyards at Deptford and Greenwich. Find your maritime story Read more

    National Maritime Museum · July 11, 2011
  • Marcus L.

    Great for Parent/s of young children. Floor fountains provide them with hours of fun on a hot day. Leaving you to enjoy a decent coffee in the sun.

    Marcus Leis Allion · July 3, 2011
  • Jarrett N.

    The outdoor courtyard is surprisingly serene.

    Jarrett Nolan · May 26, 2011
  • Business Traveller

    Elizabeth I lived here before she was made queen, and it later housed the body of Oliver Cromwell as it lay in state after his death in 1658 Read more

    Business Traveller · August 24, 2010
  • Dani D.

    If you are around,grab some lunch there or bring your own and sit in the sun in the courtyard!Lovely!

    Dani Dutra · April 26, 2010
  • Ksenia W.

    Beautiful architecture

    Ksenia Witton · 3 days ago

    Очень хорошее место

    TAVACI RECEP USTA ALİ · December 20, 2012
  • Marina L.

    No inverno tem pista de patinação no gelo

    Marina Leal · June 20, 2012

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