Opened in 2000 in the heart of London
Contacts & Details
Somerset House is a neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London’s favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.
The Trust aims to make Somerset House a place of inspiration; a distinctive platform for London showing great examples of the visual and performing arts and providing opportunities for everyone to participate.
The completion of the restoration of the buildings around the fountain court will provide public access to all the wings at ground level and open up the spectacular lightwells for art installations. The upper levels of the building are ideally configured as workspaces and these are being converted into high quality lettable spaces for the creative industries. They are now occupied by a growing community of cultural entrepreneurs.
Studio spaces are also being made available for a number of artists and designers in residence to encourage makers, stimulate creativity on the site and create a platform for their work to be shown to the public.
Somerset House is developing a new sustainable model for running an arts and cultural centre in London without requiring regular funding from government but capable of providing a new cultural legacy for future generations.
Fernando Casasempere’s installation Out of Sync, 2012
Photo London 2015 at the Somerset House