Somerset House

A magnificent arts and cultural centre, Somerset House is a place of inspiration welcoming everyone. A bold platform for creative life, the public spaces are alive with exhibitions, installations, performances and events, many of them free. Collaborations with world-class institutions bring exciting work to London from around the world and it’s home to London Fashion Week. In summer, 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, in winter you can skate on London’s most glamorous ice rink. A joy in all seasons.

Somerset House Trust presents a site-wide programme of visual arts, bringing the building and public spaces alive with exhibitions, installations, performances and events. As well as developing and commissioning their own strand of artistic and cultural output, the team at Somerset House is also collaborate with world-class institutions to bring important work to London. The aim is to inspire and delight with distinctive, bold and imaginative work from around the world.

As well as playing host to The Courtauld Gallery and the Cultural Institute at King’s and their acclaimed collections, Somerset House is developing its own programme of temporary exhibitions in the Embankment Galleries which focus on contemporary fashion, architecture, photography and design. Exhibitions have included SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, which brought world renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight’s work to the gallery, Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition, which celebrated 20 years of one of fashion’s most avant-garde designers, and Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late Isabella Blow. From 2010 the team has also hosted Pick Me Up, the UK’s first contemporary graphic arts fair.

A programme of free public displays runs alongside major exhibitions in the Terrace Rooms, Courtyard Rooms, and East Wing Galleries.

Opening Times:
Mon—Sun 10:00—18:00


The Shop

Somerset House Shop, East Wing, Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00, Wed–Fri 11.00-20.00
Books on design, arts and crafts, food and drink, fashion, photography and interiors, a large range of children’s books, plus stationery and greetings cards from new British designers. You’ll also find catalogues, tote bags, mugs, posters and other items from our exhibitions at Somerset House.


Venue Hire

Overlooking the River Thames, Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical and versatile building consisting of twelve venue spaces. With a diverse and flexible range of spaces, Somerset House offers a wide variety of opportunities for corporate and private events and entertaining.

Capacities range from 8 to 1,500 guests.

  • Portico Rooms
  • Navy Board Rooms
  • Seamen’s Hall
  • River Terrace
  • East Wing
  • West Wing
  • Lightwells & Deadhouse
  • Screening Room
  • The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
  • Embankment Galleries
  • River Rooms
  • Lancaster Rooms





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