If you’re looking for lovely way to spend a Sunday morning in London, or any few hours for that matter, head to Somerset House (www.somersethouse.org.uk) on The Strand. This arts and cultural center is the neighborhood near Covent Garden that’s close to the theatre district, and close to The Savoy, One Aldwich and the new Me by Melia hotels.
What’s good about Somerset House? For starters, it’s set right on the River Thames, and it’s home to the Courtaud Gallery (www.courtauld.ac.uk), an intimate, yet significant three-floor museum that has a permanent collection of works by Picasso, Modigliani, Cezanne and a full range of artists ranging from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.
Coming up next is a lovely exhibition of drawings called “The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure,” from October 17-January 12, 2014.
Admission to the gallery is 5 pounds and well worth it.
If you go, same time for the gift shop, sounds corny, I know, but it houses a lovely small selection of notes, books and other fun things to bring back home. A small bistro on the ground floor, serving very fresh cakes and tea and coffee also has outdoor seating.
Planning a special event in London? You can rent out 11 venues within Somerset House, with capacities ranging from 8 to 1,500 guests. Contact: +44 (0)20 7845 4618; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nice note: In the summer, Somerset House’s courtyard is home to 55 fountains, in winter, the water scene switches over to an ice skating rink.
Fashionista Alert: London Fashion Week is here in the Fall and Spring.
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For a full report on my stay at One Aldwych, click here: http://www.luxurytraveladvisor.com/luxury-hotels/one-aldwych
For more on the ME London Hotel, click here: http://www.luxurytraveladvisor.com/england/me-london-hotel-open-september-1-8553