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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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  • Beautiful grounds and buildings. Lots going on here in terms of exhibitions, bars and restaurants. Lovely place to spend some time at on a sunny day.
  • Loved it here. Beautiful and so many cafés and lounging spaces to enjoy. I came for the Perfume exhibit, and it was one of my top exhibits I've visited - very multi-sensory and experiential.
  • Ice skating there is very good. Usually a bit crowded, but a very fun experience. Very pretty to see when the christmas tree is up.
  • Here for an outdoor concert. Great venue but nobody really understood if they were meant to sit on the floor or stand up! Most ended up standing, but if felt like people could have been better spread out. Great sound in the quadrangle.
  • One of the bigger ones, but unfortunately very crowded. If you’re a beginner they will help you and teach you. There’s also a kids section with cute penguin guides
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