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Somerset House

Strand, St James's, London, WC2R 1LA
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Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, Somerset House is London’s working arts centre, home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of the city’s best loved public spaces.

The spectacular, neo-classical building offers 12 blank canvas, versatile event spaces, including indoor and outdoor spaces suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes - ranging in capacity from 10 to 1,500. Somerset House is ideally located, sitting between the River Thames and Covent Garden and is accessible via major transport links in the centre of the capital.

Somerset House is more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas, backing newness and championing openness. Somerset House draws on its diverse cultural programme and creative community to provide event organisers with

a unique offering. Organisers can enhance their events by combining the artistic and commercial offering, including private tours of the building and exclusive access to exhibitions.

Run as a charity by Somerset House Trust, all event hire income directly contributes to the venue’s cultural public programme, education and outreach work and helps maintain the Grade 1 listed site for over 3 million visitors to enjoy annually - you can be confident that your event will be directly supporting an organisation offering immense value to an audience that goes far beyond your attendees. The grandeur and heritage of Somerset House’s diverse venue, coupled with the expertise of its Commercial Events team, offer an unrivalled location for unforgettable events.

The Portico Room
Max Capacity 200

Our most popular private hire venue offering balcony views over both The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the Thames. This network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for any type of event. We’ve previously hosted press days, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings, exhibitions and a wide range of other gatherings.

The Portico Rooms is connected to the Navy Board Rooms, and you can hire the two venues in tandem for larger bookings. For details, please get in touch.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 100
Cabaret 56
Reception 200
Theatre 100
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The Navy Board Room
Max Capacity 100

These four connected rooms were originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs as the country set about building an empire. Accessible via the breathtaking Nelson Stair, the 18th-century Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue for receptions, dinners, press days and many other events.

The layout offers great flexibility - you can focus your booking on one particular room or use all four spaces for different purposes. For larger events, you can combine the Navy Board Rooms with the adjoining Portico Rooms – contact us for more information.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 50
Cabaret 32
Reception 100
Theatre 60
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Seamne's Hall
Max Capacity 200

With marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, Seamen’s Hall is perfect for receptions, private dinners and other evening gatherings. Doors lead directly out on to the River Terrace, a part of which is included in the hire of Seamen’s Hall, and The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. You can hire it as a stand-alone venue or in combination with other spaces – for instance, a drinks reception in the Portico Rooms followed by dinner in this beautiful room.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 100
Reception 200
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The River Terrace
Max Capacity 500

Offering views of Somerset House’s glorious façade and the bright lights of the South Bank across the Thames, the River Terrace boasts an unbeatable location.

We can stage a wide variety of events in this al fresco space. Perfect for summer parties, why not invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. Our in-house events team can help adapt the space to suit your needs.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Reception 500
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Edmond J Safra Fountain Court (Courtyard)
Max Capacity 1500

Located off the Strand in the heart of London, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is centred around our iconic fountains and surrounded on all sides by glorious 19th century buildings. Popular with the public throughout the year, the courtyard hosts some of the city’s best-loved events such as the Summer Series, Film4 Summer Screen and Skate. This exclusive space is also available for bespoke evening events.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 450
Reception 1500
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Embankment Galleries
Max Capacity 0

Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the Embankment Galleries are now our most modern and adaptable exhibition space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, as well as one-off shows such as Big Bang Data. When available, the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions, while the Galleries as a whole offer a spectacular space for press days.

West Wing Gallery
Max Capacity 0

Linked via spacious, stylish corridors and connecting doors, the West Wing’s 19 rooms can be adapted for a multitude of purposes. You can use some or all of the available spaces to host everything from private and public exhibitions to press days and product launches. The classic decor allows you to transform the rooms to meet your event brief. Contact our team to discuss the possibilities.

East Wing Gallery
Max Capacity 300

Accessed directly from The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the East Wing offers an array of options for private events. These exclusive, interlinking spaces are usually used for exhibitions, including annual shows such as the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

With high ceilings and grand windows looking out on to the Fountain Court, the East Wing is ideal for receptions and press events.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Reception 300
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Lancaster Room
Max Capacity 220

One of our newest event spaces, the Lancaster Room, located in the New Wing, is unlike any other venue at Somerset House. Stunning views over the Thames and original features including dramatic pillars and high ceilings are contrasted against an aesthetically raw finish, with exposed floor boards adding a contemporary edge. With its own private entrance, this venue is particularly popular as a space for immersive and experiential events, product launches, fashion shows and photo shoots.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Banquet 110
Reception 220
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River Rooms
Max Capacity 220

The River Rooms are a versatile suite of rooms situated in the New Wing, with a creative and raw aesthetic. These interlinking, open plan rooms retain faint touches from their former tenants and these are highlighted by the custom-built lighting track in place across the venue. This look is complete with dramatic original fireplaces and exposed brick archways, making the rooms perfectly suited for fashion events, exhibitions and product launches.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Reception 220
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Lightwells & Deadhouse
Max Capacity 0

Our most atmospheric spaces lie hidden from the public gaze, one level below our famous fountains. Running along three sides of The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Lightwells are a longtime favourite of location managers for film and television – you may have seen them in Downton Abbey. The Deadhouse, meanwhile, runs directly beneath the Fountain Court, and its eerie wall memorials help lend this underground tunnel an ambience all its own.

Screening Room
Max Capacity 60

The Screening Room is perfect for small-scale presentations with fixed theatre seating and a comprehensive range of audio-visual facilities. We can also offer full support from an expert technician should you need. You can bring in your own branding and other displays to personalise the space.

Room Layouts

Layout type Capacity
Theatre 60
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