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Somerset House opens safely with Visit England accreditation

In support of the events industry and getting back to business, yesterday Somerset House lit up red in support of the #WeMakeEvents campaign and show the venue is ready for visitors.
Acting Head of Commercial Events Lorraine Thorne said “we’re thrilled to be open again and welcoming people back in a socially acceptable way. It was also important for us to show solidarity with the campaign. At Somerset House we marry art with events so we hope this marks the beginning of some positive return and we can continue to open up further.”


With the estates team working hard during lockdown to ensure the safety of all visitors ahead of its re-opening, this iconic venue has been granted the ‘Good to Go’ Covid-19 Industry Standard Certificate in partnership with The National Tourist Organisations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The certificate gives visitors total confidence that the venue is following and will continue to follow the latest Government guidelines. All measures in place will be given to organisers and are available to view on the website.

Used as a backdrop for many television and film productions including Jack Ryan 2, Celebrity Hunted, Harlots and The Royals, visitors can once again meet and enjoy views down the Thames at the River Terrace, splash in the 55 fountains in the Edmond J. Safra courtyard, enjoy artisan coffee at Hej Coffee, plus Skye Gyngell’s Spring Restaurant has created a pop up in the Courtyard and the Mushrooms exhibition has re-opened, though it is essential to book a timed slot online. Full details and times can be found on the website.

With the film industry up and running and whilst we await the return of large commercial events, Somerset House offers unparalleled locations, both historic and contemporary, with views across the City and river across to The London Eye and Westminster to the east and St. Pauls to the West. It has also proved useful to major brands’ photoshoots including Uniqlo and Homes & Gardens.

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