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Somerset House

The Strand, 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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The Strand, London WC2R 1LA, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7845 4600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit to Somerset house being a short distance from the Strand bus stop. Skating on the icerink was in progress which was a lovely diversion but it was the gallery that was the reason for our visit. We used the 2 for...More

Thank lynanne
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely historic building with lots of places to eat. Ice rink and Fortnums Christmas shop are good. Excellent art exhibition. Good destination in poor weather as you can pop in and out and see the River as well.

Thank Beanbag2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over the years since the clerical offices were moved out of the Somerset House buildings we have visited on a number of occasions to enjoy exhibitions. This week we were at the “North” presentation, billed to show fashions over several decades, but also providing a...More

Thank bsandrs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is quite spectacular. A monument of a building and a real palatial setting. The venue is currently set for Christmas with events and activities. There is also an art gallery at this location. To assist in your trip planning there is a £10...More

Thank northants90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history of this 250+ year-old building and grounds includes being a palace, having housed a variety of government agencies and is now dedicated to the arts as well as being a venue for skating in the winter. The immense size and architecture is magnificent...More

Thank DP49
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great building. You can go onto the terrace overlooking the Thames for a spot of people watching. Very good facilities, Café, restaurants, lots of lavatories. Good, friendly staff on the entrance desks. We went to see the Hassan Hajjaj, La Caravane, exhibition. It was...More

Thank homesteads
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Somerset House is situated on the Strand and overlooks the Thames and was built as a royal residence. Impressive architecture and is now used as Government offices. The courtyard is great with the attractive fountains.

Thank Nomadman411978
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

A stunning courtyard and building in Central London. There are tables and chairs in the courtyard where you can sit with a coffee and admire the fountains

Thank foodiesurreylady
Reviewed 22 October 2017

While taking a long walk along the Embankment, we detoured slightly to take another look at Somerset House. Its elegant and impressive architecture never fails to impress. There was an exhibition being held inside the building but alas, time constraints did not allow us to...More

Thank BigHugh51
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is such an excellent place to visit, the building itself is worth a visit, but the forecourt fountain is amazing, and there's a skating rink here in winter. Oh, there's lots of great art inside. Really great art. Lovely place to visit. Enjoy!

Thank William M
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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Response from Patrick A | Reviewed this property |
No . best to contact them.
vince a
28 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
28 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.