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Somerset House

London's working arts centre built on historic foundations in the heart of the world's most creative capital, with an impressive 12 event spaces.

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 also so much more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas, backing newness and championing openness.

Somerset House offers 12 impressive blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes.

From season to season, our cultural programme is ever changing, offering a myriad of opportunities to enhance your event and provide guests with an unforgettable experience at Somerset House. 

Somerset House

020 7845 4618

Events & Capacities

Reception1 - 1 500
Lunch 1 - 100
Dinner 1 - 320
Dinner Dance 1 - 300
Meeting / Conference 1 - 100
Outside Space 1 - 1500
Exhibition Space (m2)
Marquee Capacity1 - 1 500
Wedding Licence 0 - 0
Wedding Reception 0 - 0
Accessible AccessYes

Christmas 2019 at Somerset House

As the Summer season comes to an end, we are looking ahead to Christmas. With some dates still available, it isn’t too late to get in touch about your celebrations during the Winter months.

As an award-winning Christmas party venue, we offer a wide range of versatile packages to suit events of all sizes at a range of different prices. Including food and beverage, venue hire and all necessary equipment and theming, our dedicated events team use their expertise to ensure a successful event.

Somerset House is one of the world’s most iconic festive venues and is an inspiring, fun and creative backdrop for your 2019 Christmas celebrations. Our ice-skating rink in the heart of the courtyard, alongside the decorations and Fortnum’s Arcade, means it visually embodies so much of what people consider to be the Christmas spirit. Our event offering takes this sense of wonder and Christmas cheer into every party, ensuring it’s something guests remember long after the last cracker has been pulled and present opened.

Christmas receptions, parties, dinners and lunches are available in the East Wing, Portico Room and Navy Board Room as either stand alone, private events or combined with ice-skating in our neoclassical courtyard under the 40-foot Christmas tree.

Please see package details below:


East Wing Reception

Accessed directly from the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, with beautiful high ceilings, grand windows and interlinking rooms, the East Wing is the venue choice for your Christmas party.

Primarily home to Somerset House’s cultural exhibitions throughout the year, guests will experience one of our more exclusive spaces. Our Christmas package creates the perfect setting for your party, right in the heart of London.

Package includes:

•Exclusive hire of the East Wing from 18:00 until 23:00
• Guest arrival from 18:30
•Poseur tables, bar and festive decoration
•DJ, PA system & coloured uplighters
•Glass of Prosecco on arrival
•Selection of nibbles
•Canapés (4 per person)
•Bowl food (3 per person)
•Unlimited house red & white wine, house beer, soft drinks and mineral water (bar opens at 19:00)
•A hostess to meet and greet guests
•Event security
•A dedicated Event Planner

£130 +VAT per person (based on a minimum of 100)

Maximum capacity 350 guests

Should you wish to extend your event past 23:00, this is an additional cost of £20+ VAT per person, per hour.


Portico Rooms Christmas Lunch

With beautiful high ceilings, original sash windows together with the best views of the ice rink, the Portico Rooms offer a contemporary and elegant space for your Christmas lunch.

With balconies at either side of the room, guests can enjoy al fresco drinks overlooking both the ice rink and the iconic River Thames and surrounding London landmarks. There is also the option for your guests to take to the ice for the ultimate festive experience!

Package includes:

•Exclusive hire of the Portico Room, including breakout spaces, from 12:00 until 16:00
•Tables, chairs and festive decoration
•Speakers for your festive music & coloured uplighters
•Christmas cocktail on arrival
•Three Course seated lunch
•Coffee & Petit Fours
•Half a bottle of house red or white wine per person
•Half a bottle of mineral water per person
•Event security
•A dedicated Event Planner

£124 +VAT per person (based on a minimum of 60)

Maximum capacity 100 guests

Please contact the Events team for more information about the menu.


Navy Board Room Christmas Lunch:

Package includes:

•Exclusive hire of the Navy Board Room from 12:00 until 16:00
•Tables, chairs and festive decoration
•Speakers for your festive music & coloured uplighters
•Christmas cocktail on arrival
•Three course seated lunch
•Coffee & Petit Fours
•Half a bottle of house red or white wine per person
•Half a bottle of mineral water per person
•Event security
•A dedicated Event Planner

£133 +VAT per person (based on a minimum of 40)

Maximum capacity 55 guests

Please contact the Events team for more information about the menu. 


Enhance your Event with Ice Skating

Make the most of our iconic ice rink this Winter. Ice skating options include:

•Group sessions for up to 80 guests skating during the same session.
•Exclusive hire of the ice rink for up to 200 guests for one session.
.Please note that these options are only available in association with a venue hire and are subject to availability
Get in touch with the Corporate Events Team today via or 020 7845 4618.


Private Views

For the ultimate 24/7 experience you can privately hire the exhibition out of hours, followed by an evening reception in our Great Arch Hall. Within the reception space you will experience a new live data visualisation created by Somerset House Studios resident Tekja. The three-dimensional projection displays live data revealing the rhythms of sleeplessness worldwide and exploring the relationship between time and sleep in the connected 24/7 world.


Available Mondays and Tuesdays only

Guest Access from 18.30 – 22.00

Venue hire: £6,500 + VAT

Please note that all catering, production and furniture etc. are separate to the venue hire fee and must be provided by one of our accredited suppliers.

Maximum Capacity – 185 standing

Enhance your Event


Ensure your event at Somerset House is truly memorable by combining it with exclusive access to 24/7. Offer your guests the opportunity to experience this ticketed exhibition.

Available every morning before 10.00 and every evening; Mon-Tue 18.30–20.00 or Wed – Fri 20.30-22.00 for an additional £1,500 + VAT.

Options to add additional guides throughout the exhibition are also available. Please ask the team for more information.


Include 24/7 tickets as part of your event booking, as an additional activity for guests during opening hours.


Tours are available for up to 25 people per tour. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and two tours can run simultaneously. Tours are only available outside of opening hours and are subject to availability.


Offer your guests a curated talk on the themes of the exhibition before exploring the space. Subject to availability.


020 7845 4618