Somerset House London UK

The graceful courtyard at Somerset House, with fountains in summer and an ice-rink in winter (image © iStock)

Somerset House

This neo-classical, 18th-century building on the Thames houses the Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants, all surrounding a large courtyard. Check for opening times. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 

To 31 Dec: Bonds. Taking place in new exhibition space Gallery 31, each of these works was created by an artist in residence at Somerset House, all exploring the ties that bind humans together.

3-6 Oct: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Browse more than 150 pieces and don't miss the accompanying installation in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.

From 24 Sep to 20 Oct: Water Life by Aida Muluneh. The Afrofuturist photographer presents 12 large images shot in Ethiopia that highlight the ecological emergency.

From 3 Oct to 5 Jan 2020: Mary Sibande: I Came Apart at the Seams. A vibrant series of sculptures of figures that explore the creative powers of anger and imagination.

United Kingdom

Map of Somerset House