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Somerset House-Venue Hire


July 26, 2018

For the ultimate venue in London…

Overlooking the River Thames, Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical and versatile building consisting of twelve venue spaces. With a diverse and flexible range of spaces, Somerset House offers a wide variety of opportunities for corporate and private events and entertaining.

Capacities range from 8 to 1,500 guests.

Portico Rooms

Boasting neoclassical architecture and contemporary inspiration, this network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for any type of event with the added bonus of two balconies which overlook the Edmond J.Safra Fountain Court and River Thames.


Standing – 200

Dinner – 100

Theatre – 100

Navy Board Rooms

Overseeing British naval affairs as the country set about building an empire, the Navy Board Rooms are a hugely popular venue for receptions, dinners and many other events.


Standing – 100

Dinner – 50

Theatre – 60

Seamen’s Hall

Seamen’s Hall stately elegance with beautiful marble flooring and imposing Corinthian columns is a perfect venue for receptions, private dinners and other evening gatherings.


Standing – 200

Dinner – 100

River Terrace

Offering views of Somerset House’s glorious façade and the bright lights of the South Bank across the Thames, the River Terrace is in prime location for al fresco entertaining.



Standing – 500

East Wing

Accessed directly from The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the East Wing offers an array of options for private events. With high ceilings and grand windows looking out on to the Fountain Court, the East Wing is ideal for receptions and press events.


Standing – 300

West Wing

Consisting of 19 rooms, the West Wing can be adapted for a multitude of purposes. Linked via spacious, stylish corridors and connecting doors, this space can host anything from a private or public exhibition to press days and product launches.

Capacity is bespoke to your event requirements.

Lightwells and Deadhouse

The Lightwells & Deadhouse is Somerset House’s most atmospheric spaces which run directly beneath the Fountain Court. It’s eerie wall memorials help lend this understand tunnel an ambience all on its own.

Capacity is subject to event requirements

Screening Room

With state of the art technology and elegant simplicity, the Screening Room is perfect for small-scale presentations.


Theatre – 60

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Centred around our iconic fountains and surrounded on all sides by glorious 19th century buildings, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court hosts some of the city’s best-loved events such as Film4 Summer Screen and Skate which is also available for evening hire on selected dates throughout the year.


Standing – 1, 500

Dinner – 500

Dinner/ Dance – 550

Embankment Galleries


Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the Embankment Galleries are now our most modern and adaptable exhibition space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival

Available for daytime and evening hire, subject to exhibition programme.


Standing – 800 (across both levels) 475 on the mezzanine level

Dinner – 340

Theatre – 320 on the mezzanine level

River Rooms

The River Rooms is made up of a versatile suite of rooms with a creative and raw aesthetic. The interlinking, open plan rooms with dramatic original fireplaces and exposed brick archways, makes the rooms perfectly suited for a range of several event types.


Standing – 220

Lancaster Rooms

With stunning views over the Thames and original features including dramatic pillars and high ceilings are contrasted against an aesthetically raw finish, with exposed floor boards adding a contemporary edge. With its own private entrance, this venue is particularly popular as a space for immersive and experiential events.


Standing – 220

Dinner – 110

Theatre – 150


Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4618
Email: events@somersethouse.org.uk