Somerset House is a major arts and cultural centre in the heart of London. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also programmes contemporary art and design exhibitions, free displays, family workshops and guided tours. It's also home to London Fashion Week.
SOMERSET HOUSE FOUNTAINS
The array of jets dance in an orchestrated sequence, with added coloured lighting at night - a refreshing surprise on a warm summer day. The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is at the heart of Somerset House - a dignified courtyard with a mischievous streak. The fountains are normally switched on for spring and summer months, except when events take place in the courtyard which require them to be off; To confirm you can see the fountain displays on your visit please call 020 7845 4600 (Mon-Fri, 10.00-17.00) or email email@example.com.
FREE GUIDED TOURS OF SOMERSET HOUSE
In approximately 45 minutes, you'll discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity and naval power, extravagant entertainments and 'the King's Shilling', as we lead you from the airy lightwells of graceful staircases to the atmospheric Deadhouse. Collect your free tickets from the Information Desk in the Seamen's Hall, South Building. Tickets available from 10.30. Be sure to come early to avoid disappointment as the tours are extremely popular. The tours are designed for individuals and small groups and tickets will be limited to a maximum of six per person. Larger groups should enquire about private guided tours.
THE COURTAULD COLLECTION
Free Mondays until 2pm - Admission is free on Mondays from 10am until 2pm (excluding public holidays)
The Courtauld Gallery's collection is one of the most important and best-loved in Britain. Especially famous for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, the collection reaches from the early Renaissance to Modernist works of the 20th century.
COURTAULD MUSEUM TOURS, TALKS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The Museum hold Lunchtime Talks on Monday's and Fridays on specific artworks from the collection (excluding public holidays). Lunch time talks are delivered by students and researchers at The Courtauld Institute of Art on works in the collection. Lunchtime Gallery talks are free with admission, start at 1.15pm and last approximately 15 minutes unless otherwise stated. The talks take place in front of the objects in the gallery and are intended to be informal and interesting ways of looking closely at the works in our collection.