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Somerset House

Somerset House

Monument / Landmark, Event Space, and Art Gallery
City of Westminster, London
  • Mobile World Live
    "Great for ice skating in the winter and outdoor movie nights!"(9 Tips)
    Morgans Hotel Group
    "neoclassical courtyard of Somerset House is now home"(3 Tips)
    Mia B.
    "The summer open air cinema is awesome!"(3 Tips)
    Enzo M.
    "Love the fountain court"(3 Tips)
138 Tips and reviews
  • ice skating
  • museums
  • open air cinema
  • outdoor seating
  • exhibits
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  • Vogue
    VogueDecember 18, 2012
    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
  • Cenker K.
    Cenker KöseMarch 30
    Check the gallery inside, there are nice & cosy collections from time to time from all over the world. And check for the outdoor movie nights in the summer! Also ice-skating is amazing in the winter.
  • Remi L.
    Remi LefevreAugust 11, 2013
    If you love food, the current elBulli exhibition is unmissable: from the history of the restaurant to the creative process behind Ferranadria Adrià's genius modernist cuisine, it's... mouthwatering.
    Upvoted Sep 21
  • Velvet B.
    Velvet BrbiqueMay 9, 2013
    If you would like to experience fantastic atmosphere of traditional english elite. You welcone to visit Somerset house. All fresh news of art and modern are met within the beautiful castle type museum
  • Mia B.
    Mia BAugust 9, 2014
    A beautiful building housing surprising and varied temporary and permanent collections and event. Definitely check what's on. Always worth a visit. The summer open air cinema is awesome!
  • Cate T.
    Cate TFebruary 9, 2015
    Summer gigs in the courtyard are awesome - small and chilled but cheerful crowd, great sound and amazing setting. Worth it even if you don't love the band playing!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    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
  • Shamsa L.
    Shamsa LootahFebruary 14
    Great date night place for winter nights. Ice skating or watching people skate while having coffee is really nice.
    Otel.comOctober 11, 2011
    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.
  • Ekaterina S.
    great sightseeing and the terrace overlooking the Thames, near Strand so very central and have good great exhibitions in Courtauld Gallery
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooMarch 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the various staircases (Stamp, Nelson, Courtauld and Miles) around Somerset House. Free tours on Thurs and Saturdays.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MohrAugust 7, 2014
    What a beautiful way to spend an afternoon. Fountains and little tables to sit and eat at. Simply enjoy a relaxing time in a wonderful atmosphere
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ice Skating in the winter, Fashion in the fall, and just a nice place to sit the rest of the time.
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupApril 2, 2012
    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 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
  • •¥• 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.
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DandoJanuary 8
    Ice skating on Christmas Eve was magical. Made me feel very festive, the champagne afterwards helped no end!
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonFebruary 23, 2012
    Somerset House contains a formidable art gallery (the wonderful Courtauld), a beautiful fountain court, a terraced café and a classy restaurant. Read more
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowApril 6, 2014
    Always check the schedule to see what's happening. The El Buli Retrospective was phenomenal. Many great outings can be experienced here.
  • Tom Č.
    Tom ČernohousAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 11, 2011
    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.
  • misspuffy
    misspuffyJune 23, 2012
    Excellent exhibits and events. The courtyard alone is a fabulous place to come and find peace.
  • Louis Vuitton
    Louis VuittonJune 14, 2010
    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.
  • 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
  • Surface Magazine
    Housed in a neoclassical building between The Shard and River Thames, Somerset House continues to put on lofty shows. Read more
  • Alessandro C.
    Alessandro CandeoDecember 28, 2015
    The coolest ice-skating place in downtown London! Great music and people.Go early to avoid sold-out.
  • Luxos Magazine
    Luxos MagazineFebruary 9, 2012
    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
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareJune 16, 2013
    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
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus Leis AllionJuly 3, 2011
    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.
  • Jen S.
    Jen Starr DustJanuary 21, 2015
    A new cafe called Pennethornes - excellent snacks, reasonably priced cocktails and stunning surroundings
  • Betony K.
    Betony KellyDecember 10, 2014
    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.
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre Curiel3 weeks ago
    Beautiful estate house in Central London! There's an ice rink during the winter
  • Andrea L.
    Andrea LazzariniNovember 18, 2014
    I discovered somerset house "by accident" the visual impact of the ice skating rink is stunning!
  • Van M.
    Van MarkMay 8, 2014
    I like that place and i am also like historical place and iam suggestions for all you are visit there Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 29, 2010
    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.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ConnorsJuly 19, 2014
    Visited the Courtauld Collection. A hidden little gem with some great French impressionist paintings.
  • Evening Standard
    Evening StandardMay 11, 2012
    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
  • Angus S.
    A great place for free and paid exhibitions and a really cool music venue.
  • Sarah 🌠
    Sarah 🌠January 11
    The van Gogh collection is beautifull! You can check it out peacefully. It's much calmer than the national galery.
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 25, 2012
    "Informal opera performances in the west London park every summer, under a spectacular canopy with seating for 1,000 people..." Read more
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerAugust 13, 2014
    Definitely go see a film here when they're showing one. Any film will do.
  • Candid Magazine
    Candid MagazineMarch 5, 2014
    Obviously amazing in Fashion Week however it is just as good out of, for its exhibits and the beautiful decor
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisDecember 18, 2015
    Great gallery, exhibitions and outdoor events. Nice cafe too
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDDecember 6, 2014
    Ice Skating in the winter and so much to do great location
  • Amnon B.
    Amnon BNovember 13, 2013
    Go skating after seeing one if the most amazing art collection in London
  • Ruth W.
    Ruth WatsonJune 10, 2015
    The number of exhibitions that I have visited here have been fab!
    HISTORY UKJanuary 17, 2011
    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.
  • Tony B.
    Tony BlankAugust 14, 2014
    Extremely great venue for films, but avoid the gross hot dogs with cinnamon onions!
  • Ollie G.
    Ollie GrahamFebruary 12
    Went to Big Bang Data - interesting and well laid out. Beautiful building
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