What Should You See at Somerset House This Summer?


If you’re planning a journey to London in search of art and culture then you’re definitely heading to the right place. With hundreds of museums, galleries and cultural institutions, the city is a hub of creativity. Some of the most famous art houses in the world reside in London and you have the opportunity to explore one of the very best. The beautiful Somerset House stands proudly on the south side of The Strand where it overlooks the Thames and offers visitors a chance to browse some of the most renowned collections of artwork on the planet. You won’t want to miss out on a trip to this historic building during your stay at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate. Our guide to the best exhibits will make sure it’s a day you won’t forget.


This sensory trip through time will showcase some of the finest scents from the last two decades. Treat your nose to an afternoon of delight as you sample ten of the greatest perfumes from the most famed creators in modern history. The contemporary perfume scene has exploded over the last decade and has developed a cult following dedicated to the creation and exhibition of experimental fragrances. Not many people would class perfume as art but here at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate we appreciate how the contemporary art scene is pushing boundaries with entirely new mediums of expression.

William Henry Hunt: Country People

Works from one of the UK’s most iconic watercolour artists are set to be displayed at the Somerset House’s Courtauld Gallery this summer. It promises to be one of the most anticipated exhibits of the year. The famous illustrator was one of the foremost influential artists of the 19th century and his incredibly detailed work has been displayed in galleries all over the country. He was one of the founding creators of The English School of Watercolour Painting and now you have the chance to browse some of his most renowned creations.

Design Frontiers

If you’re planning to redecorate your home or you’re a designer looking for inspiration, you won’t want to miss out on this insightful exhibit which runs until the end of September. This exhibit is a celebration of the design world and features a display of work from a wide range of industries, including fashion and architecture. Browse the designs of the famous fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood or learn about how Harry Beck put together the design for the famous London Underground map.

Soutine’s Portraits

Get an inside look at a collection of work from one of the most revered Parisian painters from the early 20th century. Seen as the next Van Gogh, Soutine was renowned for his quirky style and unique point of view. For much of his career he focused on painting portraits of the staff members from various restaurants and hotels around Paris. Nearly a century later, his work is still known as some of the best in modern time. Take a trip to the Somerset House any time before January and you’ll have the chance to see why Soutine was so well respected in the art community.