The Portico Rooms is one of our most popular venue hire spaces, offering balcony views for guests over both The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the River Thames. This network of four elegant 18th century, blank canvas spaces can be adapted for any style of event. We've previously hosted press days, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tasting, exhibitions and a wide range of other gatherings.
The Seamen's Hall is a beautiful space, with access to a part of the River Terrace which makes it ideal for summer dinners. With grand, elegant windows and views onto the river and the courtyard, it is a unique and special place. The Seamen's Hall is open to the public during the day, and is available for private hire from 6pm.
The photography and filming opportunities in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court are second to none. A majestic palladial backdrop and ambience steeped in history lends Somerset House perfectly to photoshoots and filming of all kinds. Please enquire through Hire Space for any specific and bespoke requests.
The River Terrace is one of Somerset House's most exclusive outdoor spaces with beautiful views of the building's 18th Century facade and across the Thames to the Southbank. Included in our venue hire is the use of our 'Jumbrellas' which cover part of the River Terrace, and the Seamen's Hall (200 capacity) as the wet weather option. Sit back and relax, we will do all of the hard work for you. In addition for your venue hire you can choose from the following bespoke options to create the perfect, all-inclusive Summer Package.
The Lightwells at Somerset House are great for filming, as the doorways imitate a real Victorian street, and the atmospheric ambiance makes it ideal for shooting impressive photos and scenes. The Deadhouse too is perfect for horror film shooting, or anything requiring a dark, interesting place steeped in history.
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.
Host your Christmas celebration at one of London's most spectacular festive settings. Accessed directly from the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, with beautiful high ceilings, grand windows and interlinking rooms, there's no better setting than the East Wing for your Christmas party - winner of 'Best Christmas Venue 2018', London Venue Awards. SKATE at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason is the picture perfect setting for your Christmas event and our dedicated Commercial Events Team will be on had to ensure your guest enjoy a celebration like no other.