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Somerset House, London

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This grand neo-classical building operates as a major arts and cultural center. Somerset House hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including open-air concerts and movie showings, family workshops, and contemporary art and design exhibitions. During the summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in the winter there is a large ice rink. Free, guided tours are available on certain days, so check online beforehand. If your visit coincides with a tour, turn up early, as they are very popular. There are several cafes and restaurants to choose from. Visit Tom’s Terrace for views across to the River Thames. For Somerset House and beyond, use our London trip itinerary planner to get the most from your London vacation.
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  • A friend recommended we take a free 1 hour tour and I'm so pleased that we did. Check their website for the days and times of the tours as they are not every day. The drawback is that you have to visi...  more »
  • This is undoubtedly the BEST place in London. I really love the vast building next to the Thames river, and very central location. What is great for me is that the building houses very much colourful ...  more »
  • We only had time to pop our heads into probably the back of the buildings where the court yard is. As it was getting dusk the area was lit up spectacularly. Would love to revisit and go on the guided ...  more »
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  • Did a lovely free tour here for about an hour with lots of insights into the building, life at the court, history and politics. Tour guide is very knowledgeable and passionate and answered all questions and gave extra background information and tips. Beautiful place with great view. Make sure to check out the Roman baths too!
  • Come here often for the coffee shop, restaurants, and the exhibitions. Have been ice skating and to gigs too. It’s a really well run, beautiful space. The square is like an enclave away from the hustle and bustle of aldwych. Photography exhibition was brilliant. The bars in the summer are great too.
  • This is a lovely place within London, when you enter the estate it appears to be a private area. Been a few times during the Christmas period, which seems extra special and majestic. Highly recommend to go if you haven't been before or are showing someone around. The outdoor ice rink was packed though.
  • Beautiful venue full of character and history. The games festival we saw was based in the. NEw wing. Staff were friendly and helpful, clearly sign posted and good facilities.
  • This place is fantastic. I attended London fashion week 2014 which was at Somerset house back then. If you are visiting London you should visit it. The area around it is lively as well.
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