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Somerset House

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 10:15

Somerset House has announced the unveiling of some ‘secret’ event spaces in a newly opened wing of the centre of contemporary culture.

The historic central London venue is launching two brand new ‘blank canvas’ spaces, in a previously unused wing of Somerset House. Named the River Rooms and Lancaster Rooms, the spaces have been given deliberate minimal restoration whilst retaining their original characteristics. The raw and rustic feel of the spaces, last occupied in 2013 by the Inland Revenue, provide a rare central London location for experiential events, fashion launches and brand activations looking for a quirky or edgy backdrop.

Distinguishing features of the River and Lancaster Rooms include exposed flooring, a sweeping staircase by the entrance, untouched fireplaces and arched sash windows with stunning views over the South Bank of the River Thames. The larger area of the Lancaster Rooms is also adorned with grand pillars.

The unfurnished events spaces totalling 4390 sq ft, which can be used separately or together with their private connecting entrance, are expected to be a highly popular choice for the central London venue. With a total capacity of 330, the spaces are flexible enough to cope with events of varying sizes from artistic events to press launches.

One of the first events to take place in the Lancaster Rooms was a fashion presentation during London Fashion Week Men’s in January 2017. Studio Boum organised the event on behalf of leading fashion designers, Qasimi.

Jenny Freestone, Head of Corporate Events for the Somerset House Trust comments: “We are very excited to officially launch these brand new event spaces for 2017.  We are proud of our eclectic range of spaces at Somerset House and these newly unveiled rooms provide something different – a blank canvas with an ‘undone’ feel within the historic setting of Somerset House. These raw spaces provide the perfect backdrop for a range of creative events.”

“The new rooms have been unveiled from a secret, previously unused area of Somerset House, so we are releasing a hidden part of our iconic building as an events space for the very first time,” she adds.

Bookings for the River and Lancaster Rooms are now being taken by the Events team at Somerset House.