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Somerset House, London

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#24 of 142 in Historic Sites in London
Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • This is a very large building used for lots of events. Easy to get to just the Strand.Has food and drink. I went to see a photo show.  more »
  • The Peroni bar on the riverside terrace is a wonderful hidden venue at the back of Somerset House by the river. This bar with a canvas roof, romantically lit with pot plants and little tables is a won...  more »
  • Went there a few times and I have to say I absolutely loved their exhibition on impressionist and post-impressionists artists!! It's really impressive and you'll see some world famous paintings... If ...  more »
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  • We took the Old Palace tour. some of the nice things were that it was free, small sized, and seemed to cover a lot of history. The tour dragged on though, and you didn't get to see much of the existing structure just talk about the Old Palace. The tour guide seemed disorganized and anxious. The grounds were beautiful and I would recommend viewing the building and it's museum, but there isn't much need to walk the tour.
  • Love going here for events such as London Fashion Week but it's really nice during the summer evenings when it's empty to take photographs and just walk around. Definitely a tourist spot.
  • Somerset House is one of the most beautiful buildings in London and one of the best homes of the Art as I like to call the museums and exhibition centres. They host frequently classic and contemporary art, new artists and photography exhibitions. Frequent visitor myself I have enjoyed works of art that I would know nothing about if it wasn't for the Somerset house. No matter what I say is not enough you must visit.
  • The ice rink is probably one of the best around with fantastic rental boots. Fully fabric and really comfy. The staff and skating experts were a great help as it was my first time skating. There's also a little smaller rink for newbies to get the hang of things before you tackle the main rink. Perfect for kids and new starters.
  • 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...