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Somerset House

The Strand, London WC2R 1LA, England
+44 20 7845 4600
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Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art, design and fashion exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors. The Trust's mission is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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The Strand, London WC2R 1LA, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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+44 20 7845 4600
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great place for cutting edge and modern exhibitions. Have only been once for the Fashioning North exhibition with different range of media, from paintings to photography, short films and real clothing display. My favourite part is the last part of the exhibition, where there...More

Thank Monica147
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I are both fans of contemporary art and thought we would really enjoy Somerset House. We really thought "Pollution Pods", a temporary outdoor exhibit on air pollution was fascinating. The interactive exhibit involves walking through 'pods' of polluted air that mimicked polluted...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this exhibition at Somerset House with my wife. Admission is free and the exhibition opens at 1100. The last day for visiting the exhibition is 22 April. The exhibition is due to Eloise Hawser and is inspired by the building's relationship to the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walking around with a sleeping baby in a pushchair is always tricky London, mainly because the lack of lifts at stations and bridges. I was struggling to get from Embankment up to Waterloo Bridge when I walked past Somerset house (basement level) the very kind...More

Thank Ducis1981
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main Somerset House is an interesting historic building and setting near to the River Thames at Victoria Embankment and offers one hour guided tours conducted by very knowledgeable tour guides. Usually there are art and other exhibitions all year - some of these are...More

Thank essenceinitiative
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

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 visit in the morning...More

Thank curlytail55
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

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 exposition that most of all are free to visit;...More

Thank Sohail B
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

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 tour.

Thank Felicity69Hull
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Visited the building next to The Thames this week. We went to the Courtauld Exhibition which was on several floors. The rooms and the ceilings were exquisite. The paintings and drawings were beautiful. So lovely to be able to view them so close up.

Thank TravelBedfordshire
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Went for a visit as part of a 'James Bond' self-guided walk. The courtyard area is beautiful - perfect for a wander on a sunny day.

Thank Mandy S
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esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
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Response from Aireyfairy29 | Reviewed this property |
Very good area’s for wheelchair users
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vince a
28 March 2015|
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Response from Ernst S | Reviewed this property |
Hello Vince, I have not been there for New Year, but judging from their website, they have an ice rink and viewing from the riverbank terrace as a kind of tradition. That being outdoors and including skating), dress code... More
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