Somerset House – A centre of excellence for culture and the arts

Somerset House is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction. It is centre of excellence for culture and the arts. It 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. In winter you can skate on London’s favourite ice rink. What others say about the Ice Rink

The Sunday Times- ‘The coolest rink of all’

Harper’s Bazaar- ‘Take a whirl around London’s most glamorous ice rink.’

Time Out- ‘The grand courtyard at Somerset House provides this 900-metre-square ice rink with one of the most impressive skating backdrops in town.’

Watch Skate activities at Somerset House

Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films. There are regular exhibitions held on regular basis for contemporary art and design.

The story of Somerset house begun with the name of Edward Seymour. When Henry VIII died in 1547 his son, Edward VI, was still too young to ascend the throne. The boy’s uncle Edward Seymour seized this opportunity. He had himself created Lord Protector and Duke of Somerset.

The new Duke and Protector determined to build a palace. He started to build the Palace on his own land. But it was unpopular at that time. Before it was finished, Somerset was overthrown, and in 1552 was executed on Tower Hill.

“Somerset Place” then came into the possession of the Crown. The future Queen Elizabeth I lived there during the reign of her half-sister, Queen Mary I.

The process of completion and improvement was slow and costly. By 1551 it was virtually complete, having cost over £10,000 to build.

Admission Ticket

No Admission Fee is required to enter. But you need to buy admission ticket for exhibition. There is an arrangement for free guided tours.

Opening Hours

Somerset House is open seven days a week. General Time 1000-1800. But some are open at 0800

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Contact & Address:

Contact: Somerset House Trust, Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600, Email: [email protected]

Address: South Building, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. The nearest rail stations are: Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars. And for Tube, it’s Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment

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