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Somerset House, WC2R

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Somerset House, WC2R

The Space

Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the are now our most modern and adaptable events space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms have been reinvented as home to Somerset House’s most celebrated exhibitions and hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, as well as one-off shows curated by Somerset House’s in-house team.


The is one of our more exclusive spaces, rarely available for private hire, when available the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions, while the whole of the Galleries offers a spectacular space for press days and conferences.


Its dramatic steel and glass feature staircases, hardstone flooring and bright walls introduce a contemporary and urban element to this historic space. Offering the flexibility of a blank canvas space, the can be transformed and are also the perfect backdrop for catwalk show and fashion presentations.

Whole Venue Capacity +
  • Venue capacity icon Theatre: 320
  • Venue capacity icon Standing: 800
  • Venue capacity icon Dining: 340
  • Venue capacity icon Sq/ft: 1056.00
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Hire Options +
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    Full day hire
  • Full venue hire
  • Half day hire
  • Hourly hire
  • Long term hire
  • Weekends
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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    Rain friendly
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    Separate Entrance
  • Accommodation
  • Air Conditioning
  • Breakout rooms
  • Cloakroom
  • Dancefloor
  • Dog friendly
  • Early access
  • Elevator
  • Goods lift
  • Loading bay
  • Outside area
  • Parking Facilities
  • Ramps
  • Smoking area
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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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