Somerset House

Event Space, Art Gallery
Strand
London, Greater London WC2R 1LA
+44 20 7845 4600
Monday
7:30am - 11:00pm
Tuesday
7:30am - 11:00pm
Wednesday
7:30am - 11:00pm
Thursday
7:30am - 11:00pm
Friday
7:30am - 11:00pm
Saturday
7:30am - 11:00pm
Sunday
7:30am - 11:00pm

Tips

  • 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: bit.ly/TXlFnd
  • 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 Londons busy streets.
  • 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.
  • Somerset House contains a formidable art gallery (the wonderful Courtauld), a beautiful fountain court, a terraced caf and a classy restaurant.
  • Somerset House features a formidable art gallery, a beautiful fountain court, a terraced caf and a classy restaurant. The courtyard and fountains are open until 11pm in in summer.
  • "Informal opera performances in the west London park every summer, under a spectacular canopy with seating for 1,000 people..."
  • Ice skating for an hour
  • Summer Screen at Somerset House is a 12-day season of outdoor screenings which take place amongst the elegant colonnades of Somerset Houses expansive courtyard.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Excited to get the skates on and get into the festive spirit.
  • Perfect place to take visiting parents. Be sure to check out the Nelson Stair near the toilets.
  • 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.
  • Check out the various staircases (Stamp, Nelson, Courtauld and Miles) around Somerset House. Free tours on Thurs and Saturdays.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Excellent exhibits and events. The courtyard alone is a fabulous place to come and find peace.

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