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Liam Collard Photography

Bride and Groom pre wedding shootPlanning a wedding is one of the most exciting and intricate tasks you’ll undertake as a couple. The venue is the cornerstone of your special day, setting the tone and atmosphere for everything else. If you’re dreaming of a wedding that exudes elegance, history, and timeless beauty, look no further than Somerset House. Located in the heart of London, this iconic venue offers a unique blend of grandeur and charm, making it an ideal choice for your wedding. Here’s why Somerset House might just be the perfect place for your big day.


Quick Facts about Somerset House

  • Location: Strand, London WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom
  • Capacity: Ranges from intimate gatherings of 10 guests to grand receptions of up to 1,500 guests.
  • Architectural Style: Neoclassical
  • Historical Significance: Built in 1776, Somerset House has a rich history and has served various important functions over the centuries, from royal residences to cultural hub.
  • Type of Venue: Historical, cultural, and art centre


Venue Features

Architectural Grandeur

Somerset House is renowned for its stunning neoclassical architecture. The venue’s majestic façades, grand staircases, and exquisite details provide a picturesque backdrop for your wedding, creating a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere.


Versatile Spaces

Somerset House offers a variety of spaces to suit weddings of all sizes and styles:


  • The Portico Rooms: Perfect for intimate ceremonies and receptions with stunning views of the Thames and the city skyline.
  • Navy Board Rooms: Elegant rooms with high ceilings and period features, ideal for both ceremonies and receptions.
  • The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court: A breathtaking courtyard with fountains, perfect for outdoor ceremonies or a dramatic entrance.
  • Seamen’s Hall: A grand, versatile space for larger receptions.

couple kiss in Richmond Park

Exclusive Use

Many of Somerset House’s spaces can be hired exclusively, ensuring your wedding day is private and intimate, surrounded only by your loved ones.


On-Site Catering

Somerset House offers an array of catering options from top-tier caterers, ensuring your wedding feast is as memorable as the setting. From canapés and cocktails to sumptuous banquets, the culinary team can tailor the menu to your preferences.


Best Areas for Photography

  • The Courtyards

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the Navy Board Courtyard offer stunning open-air spaces with elegant surroundings, perfect for capturing those magical moments.


  • The River Terrace

With panoramic views of the River Thames and the iconic London skyline, the River Terrace is a fantastic spot for romantic portraits.


  • The Grand Staircases

The sweeping, elegant staircases inside Somerset House provide a dramatic and beautiful setting for couple and group photos.


  • The East Wing

The East Wing’s classical interiors, with high ceilings and large windows, offer a perfect mix of natural light and historical detail, ideal for indoor photography.

Couple at Gray's Inn London

Directions and Transportation

By Tube

Somerset House is centrally located and easily accessible by public transport. The nearest Tube stations are:

  • Temple (Circle and District lines) – a 5-minute walk
  • Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) – a 10-minute walk
  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines) – a 10-minute walk


By Train

  • Waterloo Station is approximately a 15-minute walk across the Thames via Waterloo Bridge.
  • Charing Cross Station is a 10-minute walk, providing national rail services.


By Car

If you’re driving, Somerset House is accessible via major routes through central London. However, parking is limited, and public transport is recommended.


Accommodations Near Somerset House

Your wedding guests will appreciate the convenience of nearby accommodations. Here are some excellent options:


  • The Savoy: A luxurious 5-star hotel, just a short walk from Somerset House, offering elegant rooms and top-notch service.
  • One Aldwych: A contemporary 5-star hotel located nearby, known for its stylish rooms and excellent amenities.
  • ME London: A modern hotel with chic rooms and stunning views, situated on the Strand.
  • The Waldorf Hilton: Located a stone’s throw away, this hotel combines Edwardian grandeur with modern comforts.


Getting More Details

To get more detailed information, including a full wedding brochure and a personalised quote, you can contact Somerset House in the following ways:


  • Website: Visit the Somerset House Weddings page to download the latest wedding brochure and view galleries of their spaces.
  • Email: Send an inquiry to the events team at [email protected].
  • Phone: Call the Somerset House events team at +44 (0)20 7845 4618 to speak directly with a coordinator who can answer your questions and provide personalised assistance.
  • Venue Visit: Schedule a tour of the venue to see the spaces in person and discuss your wedding plans with the events team.


Choosing Somerset House as your wedding venue not only ensures a day of elegance and beauty but also provides you with a dedicated team to help bring your vision to life. For a wedding that combines historical charm with modern sophistication, Somerset House is an unparalleled choice. Contact them today to start planning your unforgettable celebration.

jewish wedding ceremony one marylebone

Final Thoughts


To capture every magical moment of your wedding at this iconic location, consider my professional photography services. With extensive experience and an intimate knowledge of Somerset House, I ensure that every detail and emotion is beautifully documented. My personalized approach and attention to detail guarantee high-quality images that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Contact me today to discuss how we can make your wedding memories timeless.