8. Somerset House
Somerset House is home to London’s Courtauld Gallery with its collection of Old Masters, Impressionist and Post-impressionist paintings, and The Embankment Galleries with a rotating programme of exhibitions dedicated to art, design, fashion and photography. Some exhibitions require tickets.
Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the river Thames. During the summer months, 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on the magnificent ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.
The mission of Somerset House Trust 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.