Somerset House
At the other end of the Strand the first renaissance palace in England, Somerset House, was built in 1547-50 for Lord Protector Somerset. Since then a wide variety of people have lived in it- princess Elizabeth, Edward Seymour, Kings and Queens of Denmark, Indigo Jones - and it has had a wide variety of uses; royal Academy 1771-1836, Society of Antiquities, and more recently the Register of Births and Deaths And the Inland Revenue. Its present occupant is the world renowned Cortauld Gallery.

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