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. Wed-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat-Tue 10am-6pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 

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.

To 12 Jan 2020: 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.

To 23 Feb 2020: 24/7. Take a journey through five themed zones, each displaying artworks that provoke discussion of our increasingly busy lives. Featuring a meditative isolation chamber called the Life Palace.

From 13 Jan to 9 Feb 2020: Hyper Functional, Ultra Healthy: Six artists present one new work each, to question consumerism's ability to make us happy and healthy.

United Kingdom

Map of Somerset House