I’ve been on many a date to Somerset House so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to include it. Believe me, it truly deserves its spot here on LDG.
This beautiful historic palace is an arts and cultural hotspot and handily sits right on the Strand. Whatever time of year you visit, you won’t help but be impressed by the sheer size and beauty of the place. In summer there are dancing fountains in the courtyard whilst in the winter you’ll find one of our favourite ice rinks in London.
There are free guided tours all year round that happen on Thursday and Saturday afternoons. You’ll hear all about the history from when it was first built in Tudor times right up to the present day. They’re only 45 minutes long too so even if you’re not a big fan of history, you shouldn’t get too bored.
There’s always multiple events, exhibitions and workshops happening here as well so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website to find out what’s coming up. They cover art, music, film and fashion so if you’re date is into any of those, it’s worth a look.
Some of the bigger events include London Fashion Week and the Film Four Summer Screen. The Summer Screen is one of my favourite dates in London and deserves its own post on LDG. But just to give you a little taster, every summer a big screen is put up in the courtyard and films are shown every evening for two weeks. Get there early and take a picnic and blankets, you won’t regret it.