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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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  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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The Strand, London WC2R 1LA, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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+44 20 7845 4600
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"ice rink"
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"courtauld gallery"
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"sony world"
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"london fashion week"
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"photo exhibition"
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"dancing fountains"
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"stanley kubrick"
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"free exhibitions"
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"beautiful building"
in 34 reviews
"waterloo bridge"
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"free guided tour"
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"south bank"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for a visit as part of a 'James Bond' self-guided walk. The courtyard area is beautiful - perfect for a wander on a sunny day.

Thank Mandy S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

King George and Nelson used to govern here,, Quite a complex building, they do free tours of the building, on the weekend , theres also quite a discovery to be made here well worth the trip,,,, i will give you a clue look for the...More

Thank WILDSURFER2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to take part in the guided tour but due to maintenance work taking place the tours were cancelled. Despite that we were given a potted history of the buildings and their original use which was very interesting and put the buildings into some...More

Thank Jo B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been born and raised in London, it's a miracle really that I'd never been to Somerset House before. I went skating first, which was wonderful, then we went to Spring for their Scratch Menu. Then it was on to the Fortnum and Mason pop...More

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun as well as educational. The tours provide great insight into several hundred years of British history, connections to the Thames River, commerce and the many government agencies that used the location. Our tour guide shared his love and knowledge of the property and made...More

Thank letsgo000
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Somerset House itself is very beautiful. A great space with beautiful architecture in central London. The gallery offers an eclectic selection of great art from many hundreds of years of western art history. Small but just big enough. Informative. If there’s a temporary exhibition...More

Thank Here-there-everywher
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hired the Spring Restaurant private dining room for a presentation and enjoyed a lovely 3 course meal. The room is perfect for 25-30 and a dedicated team of waiting staff met all our needs. THe main restaurant is beautiful, very feminine and I would...More

Thank minnieredmond
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a great experience. Free guided tours morning and afternoon. We went on a Thursday afternoon - you need to apply for tickets on the day. The tour was led by Simon who was incredibly enthusiastic. We visited places no casual visitor can access -...More

Thank Ian P
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Was walking down towards the Strand and called in. The building itself is very impressive set around a large courtyard. Courtyard currently a large ice rink which was very busy. Numerous cafes and gift shops within the house.

Thank IAN O
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

This place is magical, it’s vibrant in winter with the skating rink in the center. This place is better to book in advance in the high season peak for Christmas and new year. The skates are new and updated regularly. It has an area for...More

Thank JUAN CARLOS F
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shirleygray88
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Response from Patrick A | Reviewed this property |
No . best to contact them.
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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
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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.
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