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Somerset House

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Address: The Strand, London London WC2R 1LA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7845 4600
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Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of...

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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Somerset House for me is the place to be for Fashionweek. And now I can see the building in its full glory. So beautiful! And the view over the water! Now is the great exhibition... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Somerset House for me is the place to be for Fashionweek. And now I can see the building in its full glory. So beautiful! And the view over the water! Now is the great exhibition Daydreaming about Stanley Kubrick.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were at the impressive Somerset House for an outdoor concert. Really liked the venue and was well managed and not overcrowded. Provided a great backdrop on a lovely summers evening.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Watch a concert there for summer session was magic. It's in the centre of London but you feel like you are somewhere else, somewhere special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for an evening concert, weather was bliss and the whole evening fantastic. The courtyard setting is wonderful and make the music amazing. A great evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stretching from the Strand to Victoria Embankment and adjacent to Waterloo Bridge, is the massive Neoclassical Georgian building, Somerset House. Erected in 1770 after the first Duke of Somerset's Renaissance Palace was demolished, this was the first building designed for use as offices. As this was the home of the Navy Board for many years, you'll understand the grand Seamen's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a venue and what an amazing location. Visited one of the Amex events and it was well organised and great sound. Toms dinner was a bit of a let down and the quality of food has reduced but the venue was sensational

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Somerset House is actually two galleries in one. Positioned poetically between the calm waters of the Thames and the hustle and bustle of London's Strand, this grand palatial Neoclassical building is a drawcard in itself, but the galleries are equally impressive. The first, and more famous, is the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, which includes Impressionists like Monet and Gauguin... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic concert last Friday night made even better by glorious sunshine and a friendly crowd. The concert was fantastic

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building might get my vote for the most imposing (and greyest!) building in London. It's certainly one of the biggest. Enter the central courtyard off The Strand, and look at what is a good example of the elegant, restrained style of Neo-Classicism popular in the 18th century. Its central courtyard is huge, and you should go there on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there today to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and it was my first time at Somerset house. The smiling flag on top of the building.. Check it out! when you walk into the building, it's a bit confusing because you don't know if you can walk or not around. Directions are a bit "messy" but we went upstairs.. Wow!... More 

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