Somerset House is home to a variety of cultural and artistic organisations. As part of our aim to be a place of inspiration, the upper levels of our building are ideally configured as workspaces and these have been converted into high quality lettable spaces for the creative industries.
exists to support and develop talent, innovation and enterprise to deliver social impact. By working with business, philanthropists, charities and social ventures we believe we can unleash the social energy that exists in the UK to help build a better, healthier society.
believes that putting the people that matter most - whether they are stakeholders, consumers, citizens or colleagues - at the heart of an organisation's thinking makes for better decision making; more effective communications; and stronger, deeper, relationships. We are pioneers of approaches that allow people the time, information and deliberation required to arrive at well grounded, thoughtful and impactful recommendations. For example we recently conducted a Citizens' Jury for PricewaterhouseCoopers on Dealing with the Deficit; this was filmed by Newsnight and the recommendations were presented by the Jury to Danny Alexander.
Showcase’s the best of British designer collections to international press and buyers at a globally recognised event, London Fashion Week.
Alongside these platforms to promote the very best of our designer fashion, we work behind the scenes in a number of vital ways to support the fashion industry. Through our BFC Colleges Council initiative, we form a link between the industry and fashion graduates from the UK’s leading colleges. Meanwhile, thanks to a series of important sponsorship schemes including the MA Scholarship, New Gen and Fashion Forward, we are able to provide support to emerging British fashion designers. These schemes range from business mentoring and seminars to competitions and sponsorship.
is an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation which aims to strengthen leadership across a wide range of cultural activities. This includes the visual and performing arts, film, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, creative industries and cultural policy and administration.
Counterpoint is a research and advisory group. We use social science approaches to help leading organisations develop solutions for more resilient and prosperous societies.
The Culture Capital Exchange is a brand new membership organisation born out of the hugely successful London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange (LCACE). We are unique and committed to promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise by providing a vital network between Higher Education, business and the cultural and creative sectors across London to mutual benefit. We bring the best ideas and talent together and encourage them to develop.
is dedicated to making documentaries which make a difference. And we often do it differently. We are pioneers in Britain of independent documentaries – films made and funded outside the broadcast system, in which television is only part of our distribution strategy. With many of our films, we work closely with NGOs, advocacy and community groups to ensure the films – and their message – have as wide a distribution as possible. We enjoy supporting new and emerging directors and working in partnership with other companies. Since we started in 2008, we have been involved in more than a dozen projects, which you can find out about on this website.
is a new kind of media business which runs an agenda-setting opinion former network - our own eiClub for individuals seeking provocative ideas and great connections. We work with some of the largest and most innovative brands in business, politics and the non-profit worlds. We produce special events, from our unique ‘British Davos’ symposium Names Not Numbers to the UK Comment Awards and our series of Comment Conferences. We run modern training programmes for in-house teams and publish thought leader opinion publications. Our signature product is the ei Digest - a direct-to-inbox capsule summary of the day’s UK comment media in print and online.
is the world’s first website to review restaurants according to whether their seafood is sustainable, and not just how it tastes. It is brought to you by the people behind the film, The End of the Line.
was founded in 1970, with the aim of providing young people with an opportunity to perform live in a supportive and non-competitive environment, regardless of their ability. The first event staged was the National Festival, which took place on 10 and 11 July 1971 at the Lyceum on The Strand.
is so much more than just an orchestra. Outstanding teenagers come together from across the country to make thrilling music and fulfill their potential as a new generation of young advocates for creativity. They captivate audiences nationwide, and inspire other young people with a sense of what comes from hard work, dedication and following your dreams. NYO has recently been described by The Observer, as ‘a constellation of stars who produce miracles.’
helps young people from disadvantaged communities who have never had support or access to explore working in creative industries, and who have been out of work for more than six months and to gain training as well as work experience and advice to work with arts professionally. We strengthen the UK’s creative industries by helping them to link with a dynamic and diverse new generation of creative talent.
is a record label and registered charity, established in 1989 to record and promote the best in British contemporary classical music. It releases around ten titles per year – divided between the main, full-price label, and Ancora, the mid-price label dedicated to reissuing important recordings previously released on other labels. NMC operates a non-deletion policy, so its catalogue stands as an archive of British contemporary music. NMC has a catalogue of over 170 titles featuring 200 living British composers. Its recordings are available world-wide, in CD and digital format, through a network of international distributors and via the NMC web site.
the mission is to foster an environment where private sector businesses and non-profit organisations can develop equal partnerships to achieve social change. We achieve our mission through designing and implementing innovative international development programmes which strategically pair individuals from the private and non-profit sectors on critical projects that impact the lives of women, children and marginalised groups in developing countries. To prepare the participants for these projects we collaborate with leading academic institutions to create unique training curricula. The training arms participants with the theoretical tools and frameworks they need in order to work together towards successfully accomplishing their project goals
is a company that works with clients to deliver best-in-class business systems, Quru was formed in 2007 from an in-house team that developed an award-winning ERP system for a global SME. Based in Somerset House, Quru already has strategic partners in the USA and Australia. It will help you to analyse your business needs, plan your solution, develop and document it, before helping you implement and train to your staff. It will deliver solutions to your enterprise computing problems or successfully design code and submit a Smartphone utility to one of the many stores.
is a leading independent ‘think tank’ which promotes progressive policies for a fairer society. We provide a high-level forum for new thinking and debate on public policy and politics. Through our research, reports, briefings, monographs, events, lectures, education, and our website, the Institute offers a platform for thought leadership on a wide range of topics. We are interested not only in innovation and new ideas but also in how to translate policy into practice.
was established in 1997 to maintain and conserve the historic site that extends across six acres, run a centre for culture and the arts and to open up the site for the enjoyment of the public. In 2000 the restored courtyard, South Wing and River Terrace opened to the public. Since 2000 the Trust has established a distinctive public programme, with an ice rink in the winter and concerts and an open-air film season in the summer. We present an integrated public arts programme across the site in collaboration with The Courtauld Institute of Art, whose acclaimed collections are now complemented by a series of exhibitions on contemporary fashion, architecture and design in our Embankment Galleries which have included “Show Studio”, “Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition”, and “Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau and the line of Beauty”. Additionally, Somerset House hosts the prestigious London Fashion Week in February and September each year, and from April 2011 hosts the World Photography Festival.
promotes challenging contemporary music and sound art through a range of projects, incorporating live events, learning, artist development, and digital platforms. We embrace complexity and risk-taking and invite the audience to listen in new ways. Our ambition is to reach as broad an audience as possible by providing opportunities to experience the enormous diversity of work in this area and different approaches to creating, producing and presenting it. Simply, we want more people to discover the joy and rewards of listening.
The Sorrell Foundation was set up in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people and improving the quality of life through good design. The Foundation creates and prototypes new ideas and develops models that can be widely used.
Current activities and future development are focussed on three objectives for inspiring creativity in young people by:
i) Nurturing their understanding and appreciation of art and design
ii) Opening up the opportunity of further study
iii) Highlighting possible career paths ahead
At the heart of our work is the principle of joining up pupils, students, teachers, tutors, schools, colleges, universities and other institutions such as galleries, museums and membership bodies, with the aim of achieving those objectives.
is a dedicated arts communications agency. We work across all areas, specialising in strategic consultancy and public relations, international media liaison, marketing, advocacy and VIP relations, sponsorship, event production and crisis management. We provide high-level strategic advice for brand development, based on in-depth consultation sessions with the client. We develop effective business strategies to achieve both short-term and long-term objectives. Whether launching new public gallery spaces or managing the profile of Turner Prize winning artists, we ensure that PR strategies are tailored to individual needs.
is a Farsi word meaning 'ground' or 'earth'. Founded in London, Zamyn is an independent analytical agency. It works with psychoanalysts, artists and cultural theorists to question and deconstruct received distinctions between economic and cultural centre and periphery, and to analyse key issues of the contemporary world, such as migration, identity, crisis and change.
is a specialist open innovation agency that helps large organisations create value by innovating with others. Open innovation, nothing more, nothing less.
101, we like to say, is a free range creative company. Free to roam a business in search of a problem or opportunity, then to roam beyond traditional silos to solve it or seize it. We pride ourselves on three things:
Brand design - The overall, coherent and coordinated plan for a brand, not just its look and feel.
Organising ideas - That act as the brand and brand team’s North Star.
Brand behaviour - Because what a brand does is as important, and often more so, than what it says.
Assembly is a strategic creative agency. We collaborate with clients to craft foundational brand strategies and develop the most captivating ways to express them.
The AOI was established in 1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and encourage professional standards. The AOI is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members’ professional interests and the promotion of illustration
Is a luxury accessories brand, designing hand made and luxurious fashion accessories. We are specialists in using exquisite eel skin leather; sumptuous, soft and supple leather that is unique, ever-lasting and exceptional in quality and durability.
is a market analyst and consulting business that helps organisations understand the implications and embrace the opportunities from the changing personal data landscape. We help clients understand market trends, identify and size market opportunities, and lead innovation and change programmes such as the UK's midata programme.
opened its doors in 1982 with a unique mission: serve the public interest by creating powerful issue campaigns that make change. With our clients, we have contributed to some of the defining change movements of the past quarter century, from ending apartheid and curbing global warming to protecting people from harmful toxins.
Earth is a strategically led consultancy that is unique in its vision, thought and approach. We believe that brands are the stewards of culture who can work with their environments to stimulate economic growth and drive social change. Inspiring communities, re-invigorating places and re-energising commerce builds a sustainable future. Brands that have a positive participation within society will naturally become profitable, renewable and flourishing.
Hailo is the evolution of the hail - a free smartphone app that uses GPS technology to make sure people are never more than two taps away from a licensed taxi, and that cabbies get more passengers when they want them.Founded by three London black cab drivers and three internet entrepreneurs, Hailo is backed by Wellington Partners and Atomico Ventures, the investors in Spotify and founder of Skype as well as Facebook backer Accel Partners.Hailo is available in London, Dublin, Boston, Chicago & Toronto and it's coming soon to New YorkSearch "Hailo" in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
We are a specialist research and consulting team that bridges academia and business. We focus on building collaborative capability for our clients, and on future proofing organisations. We offer a suite of highly focused tools that enables our clients to future-proof their organisations and management practices.
The IPA is Britain’s leading organisation delivering partnership, consultation and employee engagement in the workplace. We work with major clients in the public, private and third sectors to help managers and employees develop new ways of working, based on trust and collaboration that deliver better workplaces and better outcomes – increased productivity and improved services. IPA is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by membership subscriptions and fee income from consultancy and training services.
The Royal Society of Literature, founded by George IV in 1820, celebrates and nurtures all that is best in British literature, past and present. We organise roughly twenty-four events a year; make awards and grants to established and emerging writers; run regular Masterclasses with the Booker Prize Foundation; and campaign on issues affecting writers, such as the closure of local libraries or reductions in PLR payments.
At the heart of the RSL is its Fellowship, which encompasses the most distinguished authors working in the English language. One of our aims is to build bridges between our Fellows and those who enjoy their work, so that their unique talents are shared as widely as possible.
School for Startups’ overarching mission is to foster economic development and innovation by training entrepreneurs and supporting “young businesses” worldwide.
We have trained more than 12,000 entrepreneurs, and supported hundreds of thousands more, though articles, online events and instructional video
is a family run business proud to have been operating on the River Thames for the past 60 years. Our principal belief is in the highest standards of interiors, dining and service, alongside our fleet of greatly acclaimed boats, makes for the amazing bespoke events and experiences that we create for each individual client
URICA allows better-placed growth companies to access institutional cash to pay selected SME suppliers early.
is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation Limited, a not-for-profit company owned by 29,000 Australian woolgrowers. We are the global authority on Merino, undertaking marketing campaigns, research and development within the global textile and fashion industries to drive demand and ensure consumers have a range of quality apparel to buy, enjoy and treasure.
Woolmark work to inspire designers to create exciting new collections that utilise the unique natural properties of wool; collaborate with clothing manufacturers to help them develop, produce and market wool apparel; educate the retail sector to showcase wool’s properties and demonstrate its sales potential to buyers and retailers; and motivate customers to discover, experience and enjoy the wonderful natural benefits of wool. We also collaborate with Australian farmers to help them grow and harvest wool to the very highest standards, thereby maintaining the exceptional quality of Australian wool fibre.
Upper three floors given over to the Dickson Poon School of law faculty and lower 2 floors used by various humanities departments.
Ground floor, space used primarily for cultural purposes
Inspired by the growth of farmer's markets, our aim is simple: to provide freshly made, well-sourced food and drink in a space that is uncluttered, where the aromas are enticing and the service is friendly.
The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, and its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections. Based at Somerset House, The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London. The Director of the Institute is Professor Deborah Swallow who reports to the Governing Board. The Chairman is James Hughes-Hallett.