Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. During summer months 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on London's favourite ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors. The Trust's mission is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space which is universally recognised as a world class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.
The Somerset House Summer Series has certainly been a fun annual fixture since it started in 2001. The 3,000 capacity neo-classical space of The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court feels uniquely intimate, the acoustics are cool and it’s arguably the most beautiful live music setting in the capital (at previous events here, the crowd atmosphere has been rapturous even when it’s raining).
- Metro, July 2011