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Somerset House, London

(4.2/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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. With our international travel planner, London attractions like Somerset House can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Visited twice while at uni for the Pick Me Up exhibitions. Loved it. There was interactive wallpaper (you could colour in the patterns) screenprinting stands, work of current artists (Katie Scott, Rob...  more »
  • I recently visited London on a business trip and decided to finally see Somerset House. I entered the property from the lower level access near the Embankment. There is a stairway that leads to a huge...  more »
  • Somerset House is located between The Strand and the Thames, across the river from Waterloo. It is a huge, old neo-classical building housing several galleries and cafes/restaurants, set around an imp...  more »
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  • Somerset House does some of the best fashion exhibitions bar none. The most memorable would have to be the retrospective of Valentino and the heart wrenching but fascinating, Isabella Blow - Fashion Galore! Aside from exhibitions, they are hosts to London Fashion Week (although the BFC moved the actual shows to Soho for the SS15 collections) twice a year. Aside from being an art gallery and event space, it's definitely fashionable. Now just did a wildlife drawing clash there with live animals. So much fun!
  • A fantastic gallery that so many people miss. Quiet compared with the buiser London galleries but more enjoyable because of it. Great cafes and food available at Somerset House as well. The ice rink here is wonderful in winter.
  • Fun place to be. There is always something going on. On the picture you can see kids having fun on the hot day, there are film screenings in the Summer and ice-skating in the Winter. Inside on regular basis they have extraordinary exhibitions. And fashion shows I heard... So, it's one of the places, which one should always keep in the diary and check what they are up to...
  • A must visit place throughout the year with lots of events and things to do. amazing architecture and a wonderful place to visit. Nice coffee and food selection the cafe.
  • On a four mile walk across London yesterday, Somerset House was my highlight. When you step through those three arches, you enter a quiet hidden world of tranquillity. The courtyard has little chairs where people sat alone read a paper book, just brilliant. edit: adding my black and white photo, 'Man on Chair'' ..