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The Embankment Galleries at

Somerset House

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In the Embankment Galleries, the whole venue can hold 800 for a standing reception. Our Mezzanine level can seat up to 340 for a dinner on rounds or 192 on a long table, and our East and West Galleries can hold around 300 standing in each space.

Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the River Thames, the Embankment Galleries 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 host annual exhibitions but as of September 2017 - February 2018 it is also available for private events.


  • Wifi
  • Art Gallery
  • Blank canvas venues
  • Central location with good transport links
  • Natural light
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Blank canvas venues
  • Central location with good transport links
  • Charity
  • Hidden spaces tour
  • Historical Tour
  • Natural light
  • Outside space
  • Public galleries
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Riverside location

 Food And Drink

  • Professional Kitchen
  • Halal Catering
  • Kosher Catering
  • Recommended catering list available
  • Recommended caterers only


  • Licensed until 11pm
  • Licence extension available
  • TENs Available


  • 250 Cabaret
  • 340 Dining
  • 300 Dinner Dance
  • 800 Standing
  • 340 Theatre


  • Art Exhibitions
  • Pop-Ups
  • 18th Birthday Parties
  • 21st Birthday Parties
  • Events with Alcohol


  • 1059m2 (11399ft2)
  • Ceiling height 6ft (2.0m)
  • Disabled Access
  • Storage Space
  • Somerset House
  • Strand
  • Covent Garden
  • London
  • WC2R 1LA

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Built on historical foundations at the very heart of the capital, Somerset House is London's working arts centre, home to the UK's largest creative community and one of city's best loved public spaces.

The spectacular, neo-classical buildings offers 12 blank canvas, versatile event spaces, including indoor and outdoor spaces suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes 0 randing in capacity from 10 to 1,500. Somerset house is ideally located, sitting between the River Thames and Covent Garden and is accessible via major transport inks in the centre of the capital.

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