SHS corridor

Studio Spaces

Somerset House Studios is housed in the New Wing at Somerset House, a Grade 1 listed building which remodelled the old Admiralty residencies to create new offices for the Inland Revenue in the mid-nineteenth century. The Studios uphold this heritage in their refurbishment, offering affordable workspace for artists across a range of studio and desk spaces. Most studios are shared, with a small number available for solo occupation. Access is 24 hour but subject to a security notification process for late working.

All residents also have access to a number of shared social spaces for meetings, eating and socialising. This includes access to the Snooker Rooms, a unique space refurbished from the old Inland Revenues recreation spaces housing a kitchen, pool table, darts boards, screening and DJ facilities and a full sized snooker table.

The spaces currently available can be broken down into 5 categories. As a heritage building, the spaces vary and the images below are representational of the type of space available. Please note the price relates to the size of the space, with the largest being the most expensive.


£107 + VAT per month

There are 3 desk spaces available in this newly renovated shared studio on the mid-basement of the New Wing. This is a carpeted space with two large original Victorian windows providing lots of natural light. The desk space positions are set in the room with a desk space and a chair provided for all residents along with an allocation of shared shelving. It is possible to request a maximum of 2 desk spaces in a shared studio. We will consider applications from artist duo.

Desk space 2, Somerset House Studios, Image by Luke Walker


From £357.55 - £404.20 + VAT per month (200 - 230 sq. ft)

The vaults are situated in the arches beneath Waterloo bridge. Shared vault floors are occupied by two artists or groups on the basis that the space is divided equally, 50/50. Spaces are raw and industrial in feel with high ceilings, generous natural light and each floor has a sink with running water. All vault spaces are unfurnished and have two floors with the upper floor being accessible via stairs from the lower floor. Please note that all vaults slightly differ in size, shape and window length. Applicants will have an opportunity to view the vault before accepting.  

There are two half vault floors available.

Vault floor share, Image by Luke Walker
Vault floor share 2, Image by Luke Walker


£165 + VAT per month / (c. 181 sq foot)

This newly available studio is to share with one musician, suitable for an artist with a sound-based practice who needs to make a little more noise. Please note the space is NOT fully soundproofed and volume is limited; drum kits are not permitted.  The space is carpeted with two original Victorian windows providing natural light. It’s available with or without a desk and chair.

The space is available as a 50/50 share.