Somerset House Events

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  • Meeting, Conferences, Weddings

About Somerset House

Somerset House, an iconic Neoclassical building overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge, is ideal for your next meeting, conference, dinner, reception or party.

Somerset House is London’s working arts centre, home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of the city’s best loved public spaces. Inject that artistic spirit into your event and top it off with the venue’s elite catering offering. Whether you have 15 guests or 1500, the dining experience will be one of the toasts of the occasion.

Event Spaces

Somerset House promises full audiovisual capabilities and inspiring spaces that can give you confidence your event will be a huge success.

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    • Navy Board Rooms Conference

    Navy Board Rooms

    Capacity: 100

    Grand space that brings a dramatic sense of occasion to any proceedings. Great for everything from private dinners to wedding receptions.

    • Cloakroom
    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Screening Room

    Screening Room

    Capacity: 60

    The Screening Room’s state-of-the-art technology makes it an ideal venue for product launches and private screenings.

    • PA System
    • Blackout
    • Dimmer
    • Portico Rooms Dinner
    • Portico Rooms Conference
    • The Portico Rooms Balcony
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    • The Portico Rooms Reception
    • Portico Rooms Reception

    Portico Rooms

    Capacity: 200

    Contemporary yet serene location for entertaining, with great views from private balconies of the river Thames and the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Great Views
    • Screen
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    • Seamen's Hall Reception

    Seamen’s Hall

    Capacity: 200

    Combines the exuberance of Corinthian columns with the restraint of a black and white marble floor – a beautiful setting for exhibitions and product launches.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Exhibition Space
    • Unique Space
    • Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court Dinner
    • Edmond J.Safra Fountain Court Reception
    • Edmond J.Safra Fountain Court

    Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

    Capacity: 1500

    One of the most architecturally stunning courtyards in central London, available for bespoke hire on selected dates throughout the year.

    • Exhibition Space
    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Deadhouse Reception
    • Lightwells
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    Lightwells and Deadhouse

    Capacity: 200

    Beautiful spaces near The Courtyard that can be used for picturesque dining or breakout space.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Wi-Fi
    • Three Phase Power
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    • Lancaster Room Fashion

    Lancaster Room

    Capacity: 110

    Quirky event space that can be hired alongside the River Rooms for exhibitions and product launches.

    • Exhibition Space
    • Wi-Fi
    • Natural Daylight
    • River Terrace Reception
    • River Terrace Summer Party

    River Terrace

    Capacity: 500

    The River Terrace is one of Somerset House’s most exclusive spaces with beautiful views of the building and the Thames.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Three Phase Power
    • Wi-Fi
    • River Rooms
    • River Rooms Fashion
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    River Rooms

    Capacity: 220

    Quirky event space that can be hired alongside the Lancaster Room for exhibitions and product launches.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Air Conditioning
    • Wi-Fi
    • East Wing Dinner
    • East Wing Launch
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    • East Wing Reception + Launch

    East Wing

    Capacity: 300

    One of the venue’s more exclusive spaces, usually home to exhibitions and therefore rarely available for private hire.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Exhibition Space
    • Wi-Fi
    • West Wing Exhibition
    • West Wing Launch
    • West Wing Dinner

    West Wing

    Capacity: 700

    Stylish, interconnected space with 19 rooms that is ideal for conferences and product launches.

    • Natural Daylight
    • Exhibition Space
    • Wi-Fi
    • Embankment Galleries Conference
    • Embankment Galleries Dinner
    • Embankment Galleries Staircase
    • Embankment Galleries Launch
    • Embankment Galleries Brand Activations

    Embankment Galleries

    Capacity: 800

    A network of rooms that often hosts annual exhibitions. When available, the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions.

    • Screen
    • Wi-Fi
    • Exhibition Space

Capacity at a Glance

Event Space Reception Theatre Boardroom UShape Dinner / Dance Cab Lunch / Dinner Max Capacity
Navy Board Rooms 100 60 24 22 - 30 60 100
Screening Room - 60 - - - - - 60
Portico Rooms 200 100 40 40 - 56 80 200
Seamen’s Hall 200 - - - - - 10 200
Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court 1500 - - - 450 - 550 1500
Lightwells and Deadhouse 200 - - - - - - 200
Lancaster Room 110 - - - - - - 110
River Terrace 500 - - - - - 250 500
River Rooms 220 - - - - - - 220
East Wing 300 - - - - - - 300
West Wing 700 - - - - - - 700
Embankment Galleries 800 320 - - - - 192 800


Somerset House is ideally located, sitting between the River Thames and Covent Garden and is accessible via major transport links in the centre of the capital.


  • London Charing Cross 0.4 Miles
  • Temple 0.2 Miles
  • M1 JCT 1 6.3 Miles
  • London City Airport 7.1 Miles
  • Nearest electric car charging: Exeter Street, WC2E 7DU, 0.2 miles


Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London, WC2R 1LA

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    Celebrate Christmas with a private Christmas Party at Somerset House. This historic building is at the heart of London, connecting creativity and the arts with wider society.


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Meeting rooms

You can hire the Somerset House meeting rooms for any business purpose. There’s the screening room that’s great for presentations and seminars, the Portico Rooms that are great for team building activities, and much more.

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Conference rooms

The Somerset House conference venue offers 12 blank canvas, versatile event spaces, including indoor and outdoor spaces suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes. The Somerset House conference rooms range in capacity from 10 to 1,500.

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Restaurant Associates

Restaurant Associates are proud to work with some of the UK’s most iconic and unique venues, from Tudor castles to contemporary art galleries. Their food philosophy is underpinned by their commitment to championing sustainability through seasonal menus and ethically sourced British produce. They deliver everything from intimate receptions to grand dinners, parties, exhibitions, conferences and meetings, and believe in making every event extraordinary.  

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This venue recognises the risks posed to the planet from climate change and the consequences of this change being felt by people all around the world. That is why they operate a Meetings For Change promise: 

  • We believe in using fresh, seasonal products

    We aim for 80% of the ingredients on our menus to be British grown. All the chicken and milk we serve is Red Tractor assured. 

  • We believe in the power of plants

    We offer plant-forward menus, with a choice of great-tasting alternative proteins. 

  • We believe in zero waste 

    Whatever we’re cooking for your meeting or event, our approach is root-to-stem, nose-to-tail. We use recycled and reusable packaging wherever we can. 

  • We believe in ethical sourcing 

    Our teas and coffees come from responsible suppliers. Our chocolate is Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 

  • We believe in protecting our planet 

    Our climate promise is to reach Net Zero by 2030.  In addition, this venue has further sustainable priorities. Please contact a venue expert for more information.