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“Valentino Exhibition”
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Booked this as a "girl's night out" and wasn't disappointed. The dresses all iconic were set out across a runway and despite it being crowded (went in the evening) it was a good exhibition to see.

Let down as an experience by poor shop at the end of it with nothing to purchase that was trendy surprising given the content of the exhibition!

Thank Claire B
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

If you want to have a "christmas" experience - then skating at Somerset House takes some beating. Then - have some culture and take a walk around the Courtauld gallery - in my view the best art collection in London and ideal for showing children as it has something of everything. In summer - on the rare warm evening - outdoor cinema is also a good thing to do. If you do not like cinema or skating go to the Courtauld anyway....

Thank Carla239
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

I saw an article in a glossy magazine for the new 'Wool House' exhibition; and as I had time to spare on a recent trip to London I thought it was worth a visit: and I'm so glad I went! Somerset house is lovely in itself, and quite quirky, with lots of hallways and small rooms. I saw a lovely little coffee shop (I didn't try) but looked warm and cosy. The wool house exhibit was charming: several rooms showing how wool is utilised in modern day living, and how it is incorporated into garments, rugs and a variety of furniture. There were at least three rooms kitted out with an array of wool products: gathered some really good ideas for my own home! (Many more than from the ideal home show which I had been in London for!!) on top of the fantastic exhibit I got a little felt sheep keying to take home for free! (And there were even sheep outside in an enclosure as a one off special!) I was incredibly impressed.

Whilst at Somerset house we also went to the 'Landmark Photography exhibition', which was larger and a LOT more interesting than first appeared. I really enjoyed spending some time wandering around this exhibit and viewing images that were breathtaking, and also so simple.

Overall, incredibly impressed and well worth a visit as you never know what might be on! (both exhibits I visited were free- a real joy in these tough times!)

Thank Kate1234Bristol
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The House of Valentino is undoubtedly one of fashion's great icons. It's a house built on glamour, opulence, celebrity but also synonymous with the exquisite craft of haute couture.
This is how the exhibition was laid out. The downstairs setup was made to look like a couture show with chairs lining the back walls and glass boxes on top on the chairs. The boxes contained fashion show invites, newspaper clippings and a few sketches then you go upstairs to where the dresses are. You have to queue again to go upstairs to the room. The room with the dresses is long, narrow and cramped. It made in incredible hard to see the details of the dress as so many people were jostling for space and trying to get a glimpse.
You go downstairs again and there's a spectacular wedding dress and the exhibition concludes with videos of the seamstresses in the Valentino atelier showing some of the techniques used in making the garments. This was the highlight of the show for me.
Appalling customer service to top off the experience. A smile by the staff would've made the experience a little better

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Fantastic exhibition celebrating 50 yrs of the iconic designer. The interior design and layout was very chic, showcased written correspondence from Stars & Celebs, patterns, drawings and photos. Apt to visit during London Fashion Week. Best part was, of course, the clothes! Timeless classics, stunning. Crowds were not as bad as some reviews said. I loved it.

Thank Lady Caroline G
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