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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice rink” (66 reviews)
“sony world” (16 reviews)
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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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"ice rink"
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"courtauld gallery"
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"sony world"
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"london fashion week"
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"dancing fountains"
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"photo exhibition"
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"waterloo bridge"
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"beautiful building"
in 34 reviews
"free guided tour"
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"great exhibition"
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"south bank"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another one of George V111 buildings. It is used mainly as an art gallery now and has an art gallery in the front which charges a lot of pounds to go and see. It is a very historical building

Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great place to visit, superb art exhibitions (some of these are cost free and others can be accessed for a small charge),historic building next to the Thames river. The courtyard area is beautiful, perfect for a sunny day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditionally a great place to relax over a drink, today's visit was enhanced by viewing the new installation, Halo. It's aim is to create a compelling dialogue between nature and technology in an attempt to bring the sun to earth. There are special mirrors to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just called for a drink with a view to eating at a later visit. No - one else was in as it was early, but when a party of 6 came in they were told that they hadn't got at least 10 items on the...More

Thank Jacky W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely tranquil space in the heart of London with various small art galleries to explore if not the odd exhibition or art installation

Thank Rashide B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in London around Christmas you must come ice skating here. It is amazing! I bought my tickets online ahead of time and I'm glad I did because I would not have wanted to miss ice skating in such a spectacular place!

Thank Legally B
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

One of those few venues in central London that can host large events and still have a rather laid back and relaxed feel about the whole thing. I have been here so many times, I have lost count. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Nice cafes....More

Thank Emmanuel R
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

First time I've seen the Sony Awards and it's a great exhibition including winners and honourable mentions in a variety of different styles including landscape, industrial, portrait, wildlife, etc. I've seen a few photography exhibitions over the years but this is the most broad ranging...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Went to see the Sony Photo Awards exhibition. Inside the two wings there were excellent photographs in the rambling setting of the old building. Outside was the square which is internal to the building with its dancing fountains. These are well worth a visit. It...More

Thank Mike F
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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Another Great experience in Sometset House. Easy accessible and impressing building, and Sony Photo Award is allways interesting.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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