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Somerset House set for Christmas success following a 38% increase in party bookings

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Somerset House is looking forward to a busy festive season after revealing that its Christmas party bookings have risen by 38% since last year.  Additionally, the number of bookings confirmed to date have risen five-fold compared with the same period in 2016.

The historic central London venue and centre for contemporary culture attributes the success to the launch and promotion of its Christmas party packages, released earlier in 2017. The packages offer guests a unique, traditional, festive experience which includes exclusive hire of the magnificent Seamen’s Hall, festive canapés, decorations, a DJ and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks for the evening. Bookings have included groups of up to 200 guests, with the average being between 100 and 200 guests for receptions.  

Somerset House is also offering the option to exclusively hire its famous 900m² outdoor ice rink, situated on The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.  This added feature for 2017 has already been snapped up by companies wanting to book ice skating packages alongside their Christmas party to ramp up the festive fun.  

Alongside this increased demand, Somerset House has also seen a rise in Christmas lunch bookings, with the number tripling since last year. Christmas lunches, catering for up to 100 guests, are held in the Portico Rooms, a classic yet contemporary space with spectacular balcony views over both The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the River Thames. An option of a buffet lunch or seated three-course dinner is offered to guests, with the most popular choice being the latter.  

Jenny Freestone, Head of Corporate Events, comments: “As a world-renowned events venue, Somerset House is known for bringing the festive spirit to London and we are really looking forward to welcoming guests over the Christmas period. It has been an exciting year for Somerset House with the introduction of our first Christmas party package and it’s great to see such a positive response. We pride ourselves on catering for all requirements, both large and small and aim to offer guests a fantastic Christmas celebration to remember.”

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