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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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The Strand, London WC2R 1LA, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7845 4600
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a typical southern perspective of the north. Did those that curated the exibition come from the north? The persepective wasthat of a niave stereotypical southererner who had not ventured out of London.

Thank stredebe
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Never been inside this magnificent building not much on when I went for the eight year old I had with me,exhibitions don't stay around for long!! We were instead advised to go to a new exhibit which had just opened small and color full my...More

Thank Mel D
Reviewed 15 October 2017

In Summer this is a sometime open air cinema and in winter an ice rink but is essentially a lovely setting for a coffee etc and to just sit there and admire the traditional architecture.

Thank Mister J
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Saw a sign for an impressionist exhibit here as we were on the bus, so decided to get off and have a look. The building itself is beautiful inside and out. The staff were friendly and it was free to get in because we had...More

Thank Elizabeth B
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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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.