Somerset House

Photo London is set amongst the spectacular neo-classical architecture of Somerset House, on the banks of the River Thames. From its 18th century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. It is claimed that it was here in 1839 that Sir John Herschel first coined the term ‘photography’, making it a fitting location for Photo London.

For Photo London 2017, more of Somerset House’s spaces will be opened up than ever before, bringing four floors of world-class photography to all corners of the site on an unprecedented scale.

Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, it is also home to a large community of creative businesses, artists and makers, including Somerset House Studios. A home to possibly the largest creative community in London, residents include 100 organisations from the arts and creative industries including Courtauld Gallery and Institute, King’s College London Cultural Institute and Sorrell Foundation, plus others ranging from advertising, branding, PR agencies and film production, to social enterprise and business support organisations. One of the city’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, it is a place where art and culture is imagined, made and experienced by 3.4 million visitors every year.

Somerset House is located at Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. It can be reached by all modes of public transport and the closest tube stations are Temple, Covent Garden, Embankment and Charing Cross.

Places to eat within Somerset House include Fernandez & Wells, Tom’s Kitchen and Deli, Spring and Pennethorne’s.

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