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Somerset House

Somerset House

Event Space and Art Gallery
City of Westminster, London
  • The experts at The Telegraph and Time Out London recommend this place
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    • Time Out London
  • Mobile World Live
    "Great for ice skating in the winter and outdoor movie nights!"(10 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)
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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, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
    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.
  • 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!
  • Shamsa L.
    Shamsa LootahFebruary 14, 2016
    Great date night place for winter nights. Ice skating or watching people skate while having coffee is really nice.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • •¥• 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.
  • Ekaterina S.
    Ekaterina SkorobogatovaJanuary 28, 2016
    great sightseeing and the terrace overlooking the Thames, near Strand so very central and have good great exhibitions in Courtauld Gallery
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ice Skating in the winter, Fashion in the fall, and just a nice place to sit the rest of the time.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DandoJanuary 8, 2016
    Ice skating on Christmas Eve was magical. Made me feel very festive, the champagne afterwards helped no end!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • misspuffy
    misspuffyJune 23, 2012
    Excellent exhibits and events. The courtyard alone is a fabulous place to come and find peace.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shaun W.
    Shaun WestonNovember 17, 2016
    Right now, this place is all about the Christmas tree, the skating rink and the Fortnum & Mason lodge. Bring it on!
  • 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.
  • Ruth W.
    Ruth WatsonJune 10, 2015
    The number of exhibitions that I have visited here have been fab!
  • Surface Magazine
    Surface MagazineApril 22, 2016
    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.
  • Jen S.
    Jen Starr DustJanuary 21, 2015
    A new cafe called Pennethornes - excellent snacks, reasonably priced cocktails and stunning surroundings
  • 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.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ConnorsJuly 19, 2014
    Visited the Courtauld Collection. A hidden little gem with some great French impressionist paintings.
  • 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
  • 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
  • B
    BJuly 4
    Grand space with less crowd. Good photo opportunity
  • 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
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielSeptember 29, 2016
    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!
  • Sarah 🌠
    Sarah 🌠January 11, 2016
    The van Gogh collection is beautifull! You can check it out peacefully. It's much calmer than the national galery.
  • 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
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerAugust 13, 2014
    Definitely go see a film here when they're showing one. Any film will do.
  • Amnon B.
    Amnon BNovember 13, 2013
    Go skating after seeing one if the most amazing art collection in London
  • Angus S.
    Angus Spawton-RiceJuly 12, 2016
    A great place for free and paid exhibitions and a really cool music venue.
  • Very Good Service
    Very Good ServiceDecember 31, 2016
    A spectacular venue staging some great events. Definitely worth a visit if invited.
  • 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
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CheungSeptember 2
    Absolutely stunning architecture, and great, great court yard.
    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, 2016
    Went to Big Bang Data - interesting and well laid out. Beautiful building
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CheungSeptember 2
    Absolutely stunning architecture, and great, GREAT courtyard
  • Steve B.
    Steve BellDecember 11, 2016
    Nice place to visit, especially around Christmas when the ice rink is in place.
  • Mieke B.
    Mieke B.November 13, 2012
    Perfect spot to hang out on a sunny day, terrace in the back.
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Makerversity is a work space for start-up making and manufacturing businesses, and applied learning opportunities.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesAugust 8, 2015
    A lovely area with plenty of things to do here.
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareFebruary 1, 2014
    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).
  • Sanne T.
    Sanne ThijsJune 3, 2016
    Take your time to walk through. Be amazed by the big names!
  • Anna M.
    Toms deli the undisputed best healthy lunch ever!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 6, 2016
    Lovely venue with lots of random events and galleries
  • Martine D.
    Martine DybMay 21, 2016
    Photo London was great. Enjoyed the architecture as well👌🏼
  • katie f.
    katie fOctober 24, 2011
    the courteous gallery is free on Monday's from 10am to 2pm!
  • Slick S.
    Slick SliderAugust 15, 2011
    Great for hot sunny afternoon, ideal for kids playing in the fountains.
  • Seamus M.
    Seamus McQuaidAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    First of many great photos from exhibition
  • Filmsquare
    FilmsquareJune 19, 2013
    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
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencFebruary 24, 2016
    Don't forget to stop by here, always going on some great expo. #free
  • The Telegraph
    The TelegraphDecember 24, 2012
    Turning down the ramp on the Embankment side to the terrace of Somerset House ( 
  • Seamus M.
    Seamus McQuaidAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    some of the great photos from the exhibition
  • Saeed K.
    Saeed KabrahMay 30, 2015
    I have never been inside but the place looks interesting
  • Simon
    SimonNovember 15, 2013
    The very best place for Christmas skating.
  • One Big Community
    One Big CommunityJuly 6, 2013
    We regularly have meetings at Somerset House courtesy of the Big Society.
  • Zafeiris S.
    Zafeiris SyrrasOctober 24, 2014
    Always good for coffee. During the night impressively lit
  • Giorgi M.
    Giorgi MerebashviliSeptember 20, 2016
    London design bienalle is very good please don't miss out
  • Tim B.
    Tim BrennanFebruary 5, 2014
    The gents toilets has a fireplace. Nice touch.
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriSeptember 28, 2014
    Exposition site, make sure you visit the ice skating rink in the winter
  • Giacomo M.
    Giacomo MasonOctober 23
    One of the most beautiful event/exhibitions spaces in London
  • Mike B.
    Mike BroscheJune 5, 2015
    Always has exhibitions running which are free
  • Richard
    RichardFebruary 3, 2016
    Always something going on, pop in and take a look around!!
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliJuly 3, 2016
    Love the fountain court
  • Hui-ern N.
    Hui-ern NgDecember 7, 2014
    The citrus tart... So yummmm
  • Damian
    DamianMarch 7, 2015
    Sign up the newsletter and never miss an event :)
  • Georgina O.
    Georgina OldenOctober 24, 2012
    Go in August and snuggle up in blankets with the most beautiful open air cinema
  • Amra S.
    Amra SabySeptember 10, 2016
    Creativity 😃 Gavin Turk "estimated population of the world" on a specific date
  • James P.
    James PartonDecember 4, 2014
    Fun looking at all the 'stuff' on the shelves.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RolphNovember 23, 2014
    HMRC (formerly Inland Revenue) used to be here. HMRC headquarters has now moved to 100 Parliament Street.
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 25, 2012
    "A London hotspot in summer for open-air gigs and films, and in winter for ice-skating..." Read more
  • Katrina W.
    Katrina WilsonDecember 12, 2013
    Great place to visit especially near Christmas
  • Nicholas V.
    Nicholas ValbusaJanuary 15, 2013
    The exhibition about Tim Walker was very nice!
  • Business Traveller
    Business TravellerAugust 24, 2010
    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
  • Dani D.
    Dani DutraApril 26, 2010
    If you are around,grab some lunch there or bring your own and sit in the sun in the courtyard!Lovely!
  • Jo W.
    Jo WebberMay 24, 2012
    Tom's kitchen, burrata with citrus and almonds.decadently good...
  • Londonist
    LondonistAugust 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to take visiting parents. Be sure to check out the Nelson Stair near the toilets.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MadeiraAugust 13, 2014
    Great water feature for the kids!
  • Petros K.
    Petros KraniasApril 28, 2016
    Great place to hang out.. Smells history..
  • James W.
    James WhatleyAugust 20, 2014
    Open Air Cinema
  • Alicia M.
    Alicia ManifoldMarch 18, 2015
    Summer on the terrace for drinks!!!!
  • Jarrett N.
    Jarrett NolanMay 26, 2011
    The outdoor courtyard is surprisingly serene.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CheungSeptember 2
    Absolutely stunning architecture.
  • Mobile World Live
    Mobile World LiveJanuary 14, 2012
    Great for ice skating in the winter and outdoor movie nights!
  • Ivan D.
    Ivan D'AlbertiNovember 23, 2011
    I and my fiance were here few minutes ago.Very nice atmosphere expecially when gettin dark.An hour of skating. Deposit bags are extra cost..
  • LukaSH
    LukaSHJune 9, 2015
    Summer fountain to play in! :)
  • Chedva K.
    Chedva KleinhandlerJanuary 16, 2014
    Amazing exhibition- Isabella Blow's fashion
  • Ged C.
    Ged CarrollJanuary 28, 2016
    Great exhibition space
  • Stefanie R.
    Stefanie ReisOctober 12, 2014
    Super fun during weekends!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmallwoodDecember 11, 2011
    Come in the winter and ice skate
  • Alex W.
    Alex WatsonMarch 15, 2012
    Great coffee at the New Fernadez & Wells.
  • Eleonora C.
    Eleonora CarisiMarch 19, 2015
    Now on Beard expo by Mr.Elbanks 💂
  • Ogulcan G.
    Ogulcan GirgincJune 5, 2015
    Great place but always too crowded! 😔
  • Chris
    ChrisMay 5, 2014
    Go and see the Sony Photography Exhibition!!
  • Angela L.
    Angela LauFebruary 27, 2015
    Fashion, art and courses
  • Fredrik L.
    Fredrik LindmarkMay 28, 2015
    Nice views from terrace
  • SEO-Doctor
    SEO-DoctorJuly 17, 2010
    Saw Corrine Bailey Rae last night, nice. The venue is amazing.
  • Leslie Q.
    Leslie QJanuary 22, 2015
    This venue is so good it hurts.
  • K W.
    K WMarch 2, 2015
    Beautiful architecture
  • Jia L.
    Jia LiMarch 13, 2015
    Guy bourdin show was fantastic
  • hub b.
    hub by Premier InnNovember 17, 2015
    Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason until 10 January 2016
  • Davide S.
    Davide ScalzoFebruary 19, 2012
    toilette for both men and women..awkward!
  • Martita P.
    Martita PinillaDecember 5, 2014
    Skate on ice in Christmas time
    HISTORY TV18March 13, 2013
    Jab Tak Hai Jaan: A part of the song 'Saans' was shot here.
  • Tobias B.
    Tobias BatkinJanuary 12, 2016
    Still don't really get what this place is but seem to end up here often enough!
  • Sergej
    SergejDecember 8, 2010
    enjoy skating or a least have fun watching the crowd skating!
  • Veronique F.
    Veronique FrenchAugust 2, 2013
    Fun, fun.......
  • Nat F.
    Nat FriedmanJanuary 19, 2014
    Great breakfast.
  • Dr. Richard Kimera S.
    Dr. Richard Kimera SsunaDecember 22, 2014
    Enjoyable. Please vist
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria MarcosMarch 18, 2014
    Beautiful place !
  • maria f.
    maria firminoAugust 10, 2012
    Love sound of water!
    DAZED AND CONFUSEDNovember 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Excited to get the skates on and get into the festive spirit.
  • Claudia
    ClaudiaAugust 29, 2010
    See the Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Caroline
    CarolineMay 21, 2012
    find 'old map man'.
  • Gustavo D.
    Gustavo Del Villar SanzOctober 14, 2014
  • David A.
    David AndrewNovember 19, 2009
    Christmas skating
  • Paul C.
    Paul CrookeOctober 8, 2009
    Ice skating for an hour
  • Erica P.
    Erica P.February 21, 2016
    Entre na Somerset House e saia pelo outro lado para uma vista incrível do Tâmisa e da London Eye ;)
  • Ayşen K.
    Ayşen KimsesizerJuly 19, 2016
    Harika bir yer güneşlenmek için süper
  • Н
    НJanuary 6, 2012
    Хорошая галлерея!интересные картины,известные авторы:Пикассо,Ван Гог,Монэ,Кандиски и многие другие.
  • Nurgül Ö.
    Nurgül ÖztürkApril 25, 2015
    Görülmeye değer!kraliçenin çocukken oyun oynadığı bahçede çay içiyorsunuz😀☕️☕️
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SeixasFebruary 3, 2016
    Não deixem de conhecer, vale o passeio.
  • Dsignoria L.
    Ben gittiğimde buz pateni kuruyorlardı , kitapçısı harikulade güzel olan galeri
  • 'Tarkan A.
    'Tarkan Arslan'January 28, 2014
    Christmas zamani courtyard da sevgiliyle buz pateni yapmak cok guzel olmali ;)
    TAVACI RECEP USTA ALİDecember 20, 2012
    Очень хорошее место
  • Marina L.
    Marina LealJune 20, 2012
    No inverno tem pista de patinação no gelo
  • Daniel F. P.
    Daniel F. PigattoFebruary 3, 2015
    Haha, é divertido, vale a pena!
  • Ayşen K.
    Ayşen KimsesizerJuly 19, 2016
    Güneşlenmek için çok güzel çocukları getirebilirsiniz 😍
  • Lorena A.
    Lorena AliagaJanuary 6, 2016
    Muy entretenido
  • Hyewon E.
    Hyewon EOctober 21, 2012
    월-금 10-18 , 템즈강변 바라보며 차마시기
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