Somerset House Summer Party Venue

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Somerset House Summer Party Venue WC2

Somerset House Summer Party Venue WC2
Somerset House Summer Party Venue WC2

Somerset House Summer Party Venue WC2

Somerset House Summer Party Venue

Strand, London WC2R 1LA
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Somerset House Summer Party Venue, WC2

Set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic façade and with breath-taking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of our most exclusive outdoor spaces – the perfect location to invite your guests to enjoy a private reception while the London landmarks light up your summer event.

Our River Terrace can host up to 500 people for a standing reception or, can be made to feel more intimate for smaller numbers.

Somerset House Trust 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 world’s fashion press and design commentators. The historic Seamen’s Hall has been at the heart of Somerset House since its beginnings as the nerve centre of the nation’s naval power in 1789.

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 Seamen’s Hall hire.

River Terrace
Al fresco entertaining, prime location Available for evening hire on selected dates throughout the year

The River Terrace is one of Somerset House’s 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 building’s 18th century façade and across the Thames to the South Bank.

Portico Rooms
Neoclassical 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 Court
Available 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.


Offering views of Somerset House’s glorious façade and the bright lights of the South Bank across the Thames, the River Terrace boasts an unbeatable location.

We can stage a wide variety of events in this al fresco space. Perfect for summer parties, why not invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. Our in-house events team can help adapt the space to suit your needs.

Standing 500

Located off the Strand in the heart of London, The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is centred around our iconic fountains and surrounded on all sides by glorious 19th century buildings. Popular with the public throughout the year, the courtyard hosts some of the city’s best-loved events such as the Summer Series, Film4 Summer Screen and Skate. This exclusive space is also available for bespoke evening events.

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court has a capacity for up to 1,500 people, either in the open air or in a specially tailored structure. Working with fully accredited caterers, production companies and other event professionals, our imaginative and experienced in-house team can help style this prestigious space to your requirements. Availability is limited so please contact us for further details.

Standing 1,500
Dinner seating 550 (or 450 with dancing)

Our most popular private hire venue offering balcony views over both The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the Thames. This network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for any type of event. We’ve previously hosted press days, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings, exhibitions and a wide range of other gatherings.

The Portico Rooms is connected to the Navy Board Rooms, and you can hire the two venues in tandem for larger bookings. For details, please get in touch.

Standing 200
Standing, combined with Navy Board Rooms 300
Lunch & dinner seating 100
Theatre-style seating 100
Cabaret-style seating 56
Hollow square seating 48

Further information

Somerset House is delighted to introduce day delegate rate packages for conferencing in both our Portico Rooms and Navy Board Rooms. Inspire guests by inviting them to the 21st Century creative hub that is Somerset House and the stunning, bright Portico Rooms for up to 100 delegates. Looking for a venue to host a smaller conference in a spectacular setting? Our Navy Board Room day delegate rate packages for up to 60 delegates is the perfect option.

Every detail of your conference will be taken care of by our dedicated Event Planners, who will arrange your catering with our fantastic onsite caterer and make sure your AV is all set up ready for guest arrival. Why not make the most of your surroundings by arranging a historical tour of Somerset House for your delegates or tickets to one of our ever-changing exhibitions? Talk to us about how we can motivate your guests with these experiences.

Built on historic 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 London’s best loved public spaces – run as a charity by the Somerset House Trust, all event hires directly contribute to its cultural programme, education and outreach work.

Our spectacular, neoclassical building offers 12 blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and size. Clients also have the opportunity to enhance their event by connecting it with Somerset House’s diverse cultural programme, with private tours of the building and exclusive access to our exhibitions.

The grandeur and heritage of Somerset House’s diverse venue, coupled with the expertise of our Events team, offer an unrivalled location for an unforgettable event.