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Somerset House

Victoria Embankment, Westminster, London WC2R 1, United Kingdom
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  • Somerset HousePro 2014
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    The Somerset House offers a lot of different things to see and do as it is a major arts and culture centre. We took in the World Photography Awards exhibit.

    Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
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  • Somerset HousePro 2014
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    One benefit to being in London or Europe for that matter, is how they can take a building that's a couple hundred years old and still use it for contemporary events. Somerset House is a prime example. It's a cultural and arts center that features events throughout the year. For instance, outdoor film screenings are shown during the summer. In September of 2013, Somerset House was the main location for London Fashion Week and showcased the work of Ferran Adrian's culinary masterpieces at El Bulli.

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    In the summer go for the outdoor fountains which kids love to run and play. Live music. In the winter there is a lovely ice skating rink. Super Christmassy. Always interesting exhibitions. Nice cafe and often great pop up restaurants by top chefs.

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    Somerset House is beautiful. It is so spectacular ! Find out a little bit about her history. What a wonderful building.

    I particularly like the ice skating events which take place every winter. It is romantic and blissful. You must skate at Somerset House.

    The building is lit up at night and sometimes they have concerts out the front of the building.

    Not to mention all the art and exhibition she houses!

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    Nice place to spend an afternoon. There's also a good outdoor restaurant with views of the Thames.

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  • Somerset House

    The Brazilian Olympic Committee took over Somerset House during the '12 Olympics and set up "Casa Brasil" to showcase the next Games, '16 Rio. Live music (samba, of course), fans of all countries welcome, fun atmosphere.

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    Started to be built by the Duke of Somerset in 1547, and completed in 1553, the Tudor style courtyard mansion had been the residence of many prominent England aristocrats and royals. And for more than 200 years had stood as a silent witness of the rise and fall of English Monarchy. The old building was demolished in 1775 as a new one was built around it.
    Nowadays, the Somerset House has become a Creative Hub, under the management to the Somerset House Trust. The courtyard has been a host of various Art and Fashion installments, Music Concerts, Ice Rink and recently during the London Olympic 2012, Casa do Brazil (The Brazillian House - Photographed here). Inside they have restaurant, bar, deli and shops as well as historical displays telling stories about the sites. The River Terrace which was just had been restored and open to public in the year 2000 has Cafes during Summer.
    When you take a stroll on the massive courtyard, just imagine 17th century London when lavish parties were organised there, and you would definitely get the feeling of it :)

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Once we had landed late in the afternoon and, after taking a train, we soon went to Sommerset House, as we had half an hour booked with a group of friends. Wow! I did really enjoy this experience...skating on ice in this beautiful location, together with a lot of people, just looking at the beautiful buildings all around.

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  • Somerset House

    Best outdoor ice skating rink in London. DJed music, beautiful holiday decorations, and a stunning backdrop. After all, this is where London Fashion Week is headquartered - the setting is gorgeous. Get tickets to the nighttime skating events early - they sell out.

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  • Somerset House

    A lovely oasis in the heart of London. Just sitting outside with a coffee is a treat (if it's not raining) and there's often inspiring art to see.

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  • Somerset House

    This is a lovely museum to visit, and they have quite a nice collection of Impressionist Art in the Courtauld Gallery. It's free on Monday, and other days only 6 pounds. Its worth it. They also host events in the large courtyard area - ice sking in winter, movies in the summertime.

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  • Somerset House

    During Christmas, this place become pretty much alive. With Ice Skating in the middle of the courtyard, the massive display of Christmas Tree. It's so wonderful to see during Holiday Seasons.

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  • Somerset House

    For a chilled night out...
    Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Its an outdoor cinema so you can watch your favourite films under the stars. Its running from 16th -27th August and is the perfect place to have a after dark chill out. I'm particularly looking forward to Hitchcocks 'The Birds'.

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  • Somerset House

    One of my favorite London spots. Sit out on the terrace overlooking the embankment in good weather. Make sure to check out the beautiful Courtauld Gallery (free for full-time UK students with ID) and the other exhibits in and around the house. Do not miss the Nelson Stair.

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  • Somerset House

    London Fashion Week, amazing exhibitions, summer outdoor film screening and a winter ice rink all make Somerset House a must visit.

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  • Somerset House

    A stunning home on the banks of the River Thames. Take a while to look around this home dating back to the 1500s which is now open to the public and houses art exhibitions and various other events. Be sure to go at night and see how beautifully lit the building is. Even better, during the winter they have a small ice rink in the courtyard which is very popular.

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    This beautiful neo-classic structure built between the 'Strand' and the 'Thames is home to the Courtauld Gallery, and puts up a wonderful ice skating ring on its courtyard during winter months. The house holds a substantial collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

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  • Somerset HousePro 2014
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    Ice skating and London Christmas fun.

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No matter what time of year you visit London, Somerset House provides a variety of entertainment options. In the summer, enjoy the 55 fountains in the courtyard. In the winter, spend an afternoon skating on the popular ice rink. Year round you can enjoy the displays of sculpture and artwork, design exhibitions and special art shows. Somerset House also offers family workshops and guided tours, making it an appealing destination during your time in London. Whether you choose to take advantage of a workshop or just enjoy a stroll through the displays, Somerset House gives you and your family several ways to take advantage of your visit.

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