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Somerset House, WC2R

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Somerset House, WC2R

The Space

Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for both daytime and evening events.


With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop which can be tailored to any event brief. This network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for press days, fashion events, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings and exhibitions.


Included in the hire are two private balconies for your guests to enjoy. 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, the Portico Rooms are a truly stunning venue for your event.


The Portico Rooms is connected to the Navy Board Rooms, and you can hire the two venues in tandem for larger bookings.


Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage.


Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames.


Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs as the country set about building an empire., the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue for meetings, conferences, receptions, intimate dinners, and press days.

Whole Venue Capacity +
  • Venue capacity icon Theatre: 100
  • Venue capacity icon Cabaret: 56
  • Venue capacity icon Standing: 200
  • Venue capacity icon Sq/ft: 491.10
Hire Options +
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    Full day hire
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    Full venue hire
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    Half day hire
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  • Hourly hire
  • Long term hire
Features & Restrictions +


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    Approved caterers only
  • Allow external caterers
  • Can provide Halal
  • Can provide Kosher
  • Dry Hire
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Full catering kitchen
  • Inhouse caterers available
  • Kitchen facilities available
  • Tables & Chairs
  • Tableware & Crockery
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Venue can provide alcohol
  • Wet Hire

Allowed Events

  • 18th Birthday Parties
  • 21st Birthday Parties
  • Child friendly
  • Loud Music
  • Open past 12am
  • Ticketed Events


  • Alcohol License
  • BYOB
  • Civil ceremony licence
  • Full wedding license
  • Late License
  • Noise restrictions
  • Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Venue Specs

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    Breakout rooms
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    Goods lift
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    Outside area
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    Rain friendly
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    Smoking area
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    Wheelchair access
  • Accommodation
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cloakroom
  • Dancefloor
  • Dog friendly
  • Early access
  • Elevator
  • Loading bay
  • Parking Facilities
  • Separate Entrance
  • Whiteboards/ flipcharts


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  • AV equipment
  • Bring your own DJ
  • Hearing loop
  • High Speed Fibre Optic
  • Hybrid Events
  • Live Streaming
  • On-site technician
  • PA System
  • Screens / Projector
  • Sky Sports
  • Stage
  • Video Conferencing
  • Video Recording
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