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Somerset House, London

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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. For Somerset House and beyond, use our London trip itinerary planner to get the most from your London vacation.
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  • Whenever we come to London as well as visiting all the usual suspects we like to do something a bit different and this was that on this occasion. We're aware of the relatively modern, contemporary his...  more »
  • I’ve only ever been past Somerset House when going down the Victoria Embankment and wasn’t aware, until my trip around London, that one could go inside the courtyard. It’s a very large courtyard with ...  more »
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  • Have attended some really good events here. Last night was no exception for a film 4 screening of the Piano. There was also live piano beforehand. For once you could take your own food and drinks so there was no pressure to buy there. More venues should take note of this
  • This is a hidden gem you can't immediately see unless you look for it. There are lots of activities here throughout the year, from exhibitions to an Ice rink in the winter. My favourite is the open air cinema running during the summer. Bring a blanket with you.
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