Summer on the River Terrace

Summer Culture Beckons on the River Terrace

22 Apr 2021

From May, the River Terrace at Somerset House will be open for events, culture and corporate hospitality.  The River Terrace is an exclusive, versatile outside space, offering the flexibility you need to host a safe event. Set against the striking neo-classical architecture of Somerset House, the River Terrace offers an iconic setting for outdoor summer City entertaining.

As well as enjoying the architecture and views, guests can immerse themselves in the surrounding culture with the exhibitions taking place at London’s working arts centre. From 01 – 27 June the London Design Biennale is in town featuring a global collection of the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers, curators and design institutes. This year a diverse group of countries, cities and territories from six continents will focus on this year’s theme ‘Resonance,’ chosen by Artistic Director Es Devlin. The much-anticipated ‘Forest for Change’ installation in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court will wow guests on arrival and tickets for the Biennale can be added on to events for an enhanced experience. 

From 19 July, ‘No Comply’ arrives in the Terrace Rooms. Uplifting and inspiring, this exhibition celebrates the UK’s vibrant and diverse skateboarding scene, documenting the influence the subculture has played in shaping people, cities and culture across the UK and beyond. With youthful and energetic aspects, No Comply makes a fun addition to any event.

In addition to the colourful and inspiring exhibitions on offer to enhance your event this summer, we have partnered with some of their brilliant suppliers to create exclusive event packages to make the event planning process as easy as possible.

There are a range of options available from their esteemed contemporary London caterers - with barbeque options from Clement Worrall, sophisticated canapés and bowls from Alexander & Björck and innovative food stations from Bubble Food. Production house Full Circle are also on hand to provide a range of furniture and entertainment options, whether it's DJs, roaming bands or giant games and magicians.

It could not be simpler to host your summer party at Somerset House this year, we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to! Sit back and relax having picked the ideal all-inclusive package for you. 

The grandeur and rich heritage of Somerset House, coupled with the team’s expertise, offers an unrivalled venue for an unforgettable event.

The packages are available from May – September for parties of 150-500 guests from 18.45 – 22.00 though times can be extended for additional cost.

If you would like to arrange a time to view the space or discuss your event requirements in more detail with one of the team, please contact or 020 7845 4618.