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“Great setting for a wonderful gallery”
Review of Somerset House

Somerset House
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Owner description: Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art, design and fashion exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors. The Trust's mission is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Always has a fantastic exhibition going on. The latest one I visited was the free exhibition called 'Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now'. It was really worth the visit. I have been to Rwanda twice before and felt so nostalgic looking at the photographs and they really captured the country. Definitely recommend a visit if you are ever in London, consistently great artwork on display every time I have been there.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Somerset House is a very large property on the Thames, centrally located in London. As a tourist attraction, it would appeal to those who are interested in architecture and social history. Built as an office building in the 1700's, it was designed to reflect the glory of the Hanoverian rulers of England. The courtyard is open to visitors, and is flooded as a skating rink in winter. The interiors can be explored via guided tour, which lasts over an hour and is free. Our guide presented a lively description of what working conditions were like over the centuries, and placed Somerset House in the context of changing times in London. There are exhibitions and other events held here from time to time, so it is worthwhile to check the website.

The views of the Thames and the south bank are superb from the terrace at the rear of the complex.

The magnificent Courtauld art collection is housed within the Somerset House complex, and should not be missed if you appreciate great art, see separate review.

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

The Gallery is amazing and full of painting from throughout the ages from many great and well know artists. Outside is beautiful with the lovely stone work surroundings. Cafe and shop. Outside there are tables and chairs where you can sit. Even though it is in the middle of london, it is surprisingly quite.

Thank Lucia C
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We've seen Somerset House on the TV and in films so often but never visited - so glad we made it. It is a really interesting building, full of history - and there's a wonderful Deli hidden away inside

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I have visited the Coultard gallery here several times. Each time the gallery has been very quiet and not busy, which means there are excellent conditions to enjoy the fine collection, particularly the impressionist and post impressionist work, which includes several fine Cezannes. However, there is an entry free (unless you are a student) which isn't the case with the Tate or National. Would definitely recommend.

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