Base yourself in one of the great hotels near Somerset House to be close to this cultural gem.
Somerset House actually wraps around an enormous courtyard, which features elegant fountains and seating areas. Walk around it to appreciate the superb 18th-century architecture, before stopping for a coffee or some lunch amid inspiring surroundings.
This is one of the capital's finest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist galleries, where you can see famous pieces from the likes of van Gogh, Monet and Cézanne. The collection includes paintings, drawings and decorative arts, all set in an impressive gallery space.
Each summer, the courtyard of Somerset House is transformed into a giant, open-air cinema. See everything from black-and-white masterpieces to recent releases as you enjoy the magic of film in a unique setting.
Somerset House also invites performing arts companies to perform on site, with a grand stage for putting on a range of productions. Some performances are aimed specifically at children, so you can find something that will entertain the little ones on a visit here.
Exploring the area around Somerset House is sure to reward you with some cultural and historical treasures.
This is a hotspot for theatres, including The Lyceum and Aldwych Theatres. The former is the home of The Lion King, one of the most acclaimed musicals in the city's history. Venture a little further and you'll find other outstanding theatres such as Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Savoy Theatre, both hosting spectacular musicals.
Walk up The Strand for 15 minutes and you'll arrive at London's most famous square. This is where you'll find the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, and can also see Nelson's Column. Along the way and around the square itself, you'll find an enormous selection of places to eat and drink.
This is among the capital's best places to shop, with plenty of surrounding streets housing well-known stores and independent boutiques. In Covent Garden itself, street performers serenade the passers by, while the historic covered market hall offers wonderful food and beauty outlets.
Walk across Waterloo Bridge and see this landmark building owned by the Oxo stock cube company. The wharf surrounding it has a plethora of independent art galleries, or you can dine at the magnificent restaurant in the tower for panoramic views.