About the Venue
The Somerset House Summer Party Venue was established in 1997 to maintain the beautiful 18th century building, provide access for all to its spaces and run an arts and cultural centre. Somerset House opened as a public space in 2000 with the magnificent Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at the heart of this great architectural masterpiece. A distinctive outdoor public programme is now established with many opportunities for corporate hospitality packages, including the most glamorous ice rink in London in the winter, concerts and an open-air film season in the summer. A series of innovative temporary exhibitions and free public displays has been mounted in our versatile spaces since 2008. Twice a year London Fashion Week is based at Somerset House, attracting the worlds fashion press and design commentators.
The historic Seamens Hall has been at the heart of Somerset House since its beginnings as the nerve centre of the nations naval power in 1789.
Linking The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the River Terrace, and flooded by natural daylight from both sides, the Seamens Hall combines the elegance of classical columns and black and white marble floors.
This space offers an air of expansive grandeur for evening events with the ability for guests to enjoy al fresco entertaining on our River Terrace, a section of which is included in the Seamens Hall hire.
The River Terrace is one of Somerset Houses most exclusive spaces. Available for evening hire for up to 500 guests as an alfresco reception space, or through installation of a stunning glass structure for 200 guests for dinner, the River Terrace has beautiful views of the buildings 18th century façade and across the Thames to the South Bank.
Portico RoomsNeoclassical architecture, contemporary inspiration Available for daytime and evening hire
The perfect proportions of the Portico Rooms offer a contemporary and elegant space, flooded with natural daylight by expansive windows.
The Portico Rooms are an ideal location for entertaining, with balconies on either side of the main room providing uninterrupted views of the River Thames on one side and The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court on the other.
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain CourtAvailable for bespoke evening hire on selected dates throughout the year
One of the most architecturally stunning courtyards in central London, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court features a grove of fifty-five water jets, specially choreographed and enhanced with fibre-optic lighting.
This extraordinary space can accommodate up to 450 guests for a dinner dance or 1,500 guests for a reception alfresco or in a bespoke marquee.