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For spectacular events that celebrate the art, culture and history of London, hire Somerset House, the UK’s largest creative community and one of the capital’s best-loved public spaces. What's more, when you hire the charming Somerset House for private or corporate events, you will directly contribute to the cultural programmes, education schemes and outreach work of the Somerset House Trust.

Hire Somerset House for unforgettable events

Boasting 12 function rooms and Neoclassical architecture, Somerset House is the perfect canvas for events of all types and sizes. Your guests will love exploring this historic building and its many elegant dining spaces at a wedding, reception, conference, meeting or summer party.

Event organisers who hire Somerset house can also enhance their celebration with the Trust’s diverse cultural programme, such as by including a private tour of the building or exclusive exhibition access.

Restaurant Associates Events at Somerset House 2022

Weddings

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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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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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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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.

Summer Venue Hire Packages

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Dipna Anand - Restaurant & Bar

Dipna's latest restaurant at Somerset House is a celebration of years of experience cooking authentic Indian food which has won her industry awards and accolades as well as guest slots on various cooking TV shows.

Heroing the authentic Punjabi and South Indian cuisine that Dipna is known and loved for, the menu features signature dishes including samosa chat blast, Delhi makhana chicken and dynamite wings alongside a wonderful weekend brunch menu, classic thali plates and traditional dishes on the a la carte menu like South-Indian prawn curry. 

Open 5 days a week for lunch and dinner, group bookings and private events. 

For more information go to: dipnasomersethouse.co.uk 

Reservations: reservations@dipnasomersethouse.co.uk

Pennethornes

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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EAT TEN Cafe

Within our menus we proudly champion the craft and talent of local and responsible suppliers, many of whom are social enterprises.  This supports 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, EAT TEN aims to reduce its carbon footprint and support more biodiverse agriculture. 

Combined with the Coffee for Causes blend - a coffee that does more than just 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.  

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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

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