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Somerset House

The history of Somerset House dates as far back as the 1550s and it has housed many Royal family members along the way. Today it is a magnificent example of neo-classical architecture, right in the heart of London.

The history of Somerset House dates as far back as the 1550s and it has housed many Royal family members along the way. Today it is a magnificent example of neo-classical architecture, right in the heart of London. During the warmer months, the 55 fountains dotted around the courtyard create a spectacular backdrop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake. On the terrace looking out to the Thames, Somerset House provides great food and drink for those business lunches. And in winter, the central courtyard is transformed into a magical ice rink, which certainly contributes to the quintessential British Christmas.

Somerset House hosts a huge number of events, from open-air concerts to films. Contemporary art and design exhibitions are perfectly accommodated, and family workshops are frequently on offer. Free guided tours of this fabulous building are available all year round. The Courtauld Gallery hosts Somerset Houses’ permanent exhibition. Here one can admire a selection of delectable pieces of art by the Greats; Van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin and Cézanne.

Somerset House 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 recognised as a world-class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.

Throughout the year it is most definitely worth keeping an eye on their schedule of events. Having recently experienced Bjork’s Digital exhibition, SEEN can confirm that Somerset House is clearly forging ahead as one of the most innovative art centres in the world.

www.somersethouse.org.uk

Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA