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Como takes in the arts of London

Como has hosted its latest architectural tour of London, this time at Somerset House on the Strand. The tours have become somewhat of a tradition with Como and its clients, who have previously enjoyed tours around unique areas of London including Southwark and the City.

The tour of the neo-classical styled Somerset House was led by architect and lecturer Benedict O'Looney, who guided guests from British Library, British Telecom, Shell, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, TP Bennett, Knight Frank, EC Harris and Woods Bagot around the building and the large art collection that is currently housed there.

The main part of the Como tour took place in the Courtauld Gallery, which is one of the smallest museums in the world. It boasts a collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings and guests were treated to views of some iconic masterpieces such as Magnet's ‘A bar at the Folies-Bergere' and Van Gogh's ‘Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear'. After the tour, guests enjoyed a few drinks and networking on the terrace overlooking the River Thames.

The site of Somerset House as its known today originally hosted a building built in 1549, which was used as a royal palace for many years. Queen Elizabeth I was amongst the distinguished residents. After several years of disrepair, the building was demolished in 1755 to make way for the building that stands on the site today. Somerset House now houses a collection of paintings, drawings and contemporary arts and is used for contemporary art and design exhibitions, open air concerts and films and tours.