Discover an exciting programme of art exhibitions, outdoor film screenings and winter ice skating at cultural hub Somerset House
Set around a handsome 18th-century courtyard, this buzzing arts centre is housed within an iconic neoclassical building.
Where is Somerset House?
Overlooking the river Thames, Somerset House is situated on the Strand in central London near Covent Garden.
What is there to do at Somerset House?
Admission to Somerset House is free, but you'll need a ticket for some exhibitions and events.
Refuel at one of Somerset House's five restaurants and cafes. Tuck into modern British fare at Bryn Williams; feast on seasonal food at chef Skye Gyngell';s Spring; sip cocktails, beer and wine at Pennethorne’s; enjoy coffee, sandwiches and cakes at Hej Coffee; or indulge in coffee and tempting baked goods at Watch House.
In summer, bring a picnic and watch children splash about in the courtyard’s choreographed fountains.;
Somerset House also houses the Courtauld Gallery, which is currently closed for renovation and due to reopen in spring 2021.
Which events take place at Somerset House?
Somerset House has a jam-packed cultural programme, featuring a raft of cutting-edge exhibitions and events.
Annual festivals include the London Design Biennale, games festival Now Play This, 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair and photography fair Photo London. The gorgeous Edmond J.Safra Fountain Court hosts live music concerts with Summer Series; movie screenings with Film4 Summer Screen; and ice skating with Skate at Somerset House during the winter months.
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COVID-19: You’ll find social distancing and other safety measures in place at this attraction. For more information, check direct with the venue ahead of your visit.
Somerset House is open every day except 25 December. Admission is free, but you'll need to buy a ticket for some exhibitions and events. Gallery & exhibition spaces Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00* Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-
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