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 London’s best loved public spaces.  It is run by the charity, Somerset House Trust, and all event hire directly contributes to its cultural programme, education and outreach work. 

The spectacular, neoclassical building offers 12 blank canvas spaces suitable for staging events of all styles and size. Clients also have the opportunity to enhance their event by connecting it with Somerset House’s diverse cultural programme, with private tours of the building and exclusive access to our exhibitions.

E10 Cafe

E10 proudly champions the craft and talent of local and responsible suppliers including many social enterprises within menus to support community organisations and sustainable food production. 

With a plant-forward menu that prioritises British sourcing and a commitment to ethically reared meat and Marine Stewardship Council 1-3 rated fish, E10 aims to reduce its carbon footprint and support more biodiverse agriculture. 

Combined with the Coffee for Causes blend - a coffee that does more than taste good - the goal is to support a wide range of charities from the Outside Project to Off the Streets. 

The philosophy is simple - use only the highest quality ingredients with the lowest possible delivery miles to minimise the carbon footprint.  


Open all day, this stylish bar in the New Wing offers an extensive list of drinks: contemporary cocktails, craft beers and wines, plus coffees and teas. You can sit at brass-topped tables, at the marble bar or outside on the terrace. Regular events include a monthly wine masterclass. 

Pennethorne’s is named after Sir James Pennethorne, who designed Somerset House’s New Wing. The architect’s grand tour through France and Italy in the 1820s has inspired the food such as beef cheek on toast and smoked mackerel; plus nibbles such as maple-glazed bacon peanuts and Gordal olives. 

The drawing room is available for private hire. 

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San Miguel Terrace Bar

The sheltered and heated open-air bar takes inspiration from San Miguel’s Spanish origins, bringing a lively, warm and inviting atmosphere to the River Terrace - the ultimate destination to reunite with friends from sunrise to sunset.

Guests will be able to enjoy San Miguel Especial as well as 0,0%, gluten-free and beer cocktails will also be on offer. A delicious menu of small plates, inspired by San Miguel’s Iberian roots, has been specially crafted to perfectly complement the drinks selection.

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Dipna Anand - Consultant Chef

Award-winning Chef Dipna Anand grew up in London amongst a family of chefs. Feeding the nation 'real authentic' Indian food at their famous, Brilliant Restaurant, in Southall voted one of Ramsay’s Best on Channel 4’s ‘Ramsay’s Best Restaurants’.

We are excited to announce that Dipna will open her latest restaurant at Somerset House later this year.

More details to come. 

Our event at Somerset House was a great success. From the initial enquiry to the main event we were looked after by a highly professional team who were on hand to assist every step of the way. I would highly recommend the Historic Tours as this was greatly received and the tour guides were just amazing! So knowledgeable which rounded off a perfect event experience!
Corporate Communications Manager, EFD

Events at Somerset House


The grandeur and heritage of Somerset House's diverse venue, coupled with the expertise of the events team, offer an unrivalled location for unforgettable wedding ceremonies. 

One of the fantastic benefits of having your wedding at Somerset House is the opportunity to have photographs in our famous Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court with its dancing fountains (seasonal).

To find out more about the stunning spaces at Somerset House, follow the link below.

Somerset House Wedding Brochure

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Meetings and Conferences

Somerset House is more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas. Spaces can be adapted for press days, fashion events, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings and exhibitions.

Somerset House draws on its diverse cultural programme and creative community to provide event organisers with a unique offer. Organisers can enhance their events by combining the artistic and commercial, including private tours of the building and exclusive access to exhibitions.

With built-in AV and a technician on hand, you can sit back and let your event run smoothly and efficiently in this quiet, stylish space. Offering blank canvas meeting rooms, allowing you to brand the room as you wish.

For a breath of fresh air, step outside and enjoy the nearby Embankment Galleries, which host major exhibitions.

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Dining and Receptions

Somerset House has a variety of events spaces suitable for receptions, private dining and celebrations.

Choose from rooms with an aesthetically raw finish, dramatic pillars and high ceilings to atmospheric spaces hidden from the public gaze, secret nooks and crannies one level below our famous fountains. 

There is an abundance of blank canvas spaces featuring beautiful high ceilings and light-filled windows, with a series of open-plan, interlinking rooms with plenty of space and natural light. Perfect for corporate events including press days and drinks receptions. Guests are able to brand the space as they like, giving a real sense of occasion to your guests.

Pennethornes and San Miguel Terrace Bar are also available for your next event.

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Christmas Celebrations

Somerset House is delighted to introduce a range of Christmas packages for the festive season. 

Choose to party the night away in the grandeur of Seamen’s Hall, or feast on a delectable three-course lunch in the elegant Portico Room. On arrival, your guests will be met by the ultimate Christmas backdrop. Entering through the striking stone arches they will be greeted by Somerset House’s spectacular ice rink and soaring Christmas tree.

Add in a skate at Somerset House and you have the picture perfect setting for your festivities.

Somerset House Christmas Brochure

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Summer Parties and Ground Events

Somerset House has a range of versatile events spaces that offer a contemporary and elegant location for both daytime and evening Summer events.

Choose from spaces with original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline.

Whether you prefer to watch the sunset across the River Thames from the south facing balcony or marvel at our sensational fountains from the north facing balcony, Somerset House is the perfect Summer venue.

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Portico Rooms
Portico Rooms & Navy Board Room
Navy Board Rooms
Seamen's Hall
Embankment Galleries
East Wing
River Terrace
Lancaster Room
River Rooms
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
Lightwells & Deadhouse
Screening Room
Ground Events