NileGuide Expert Says:
In summer, the courtyard is filled with fountains for the children to run through & hosts a movie series. In winter months Somerset House is the perfect backdrop for the outdoor ice skating rink, advance booking required.
WC2R 1LA London, United Kingdom
Covent Garden, Leicester Square & Holborn
tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600
fax: +44 (0)20 7836 7613
Year round Somerset House located not far from St. Paul's Cathedral is worth a visit. In winter there is an outdoor ice skating rink while in the summer the same space is used for outdoor concerts and water fountains where London children can be found enjoying the heat. Home to three impressive galleries, The Hermitage Rooms, The Gilbert Collection, and the favorite Courtauld Gallery. Free until 2:00pm on Mondays the Courtauld boasts a collection of famous Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, van Gogh and Gauguin, as well as works from Rubens and Michelangelo. Small and intimate, even children will recognize and appreciate these masterpieces.