Somerset House brings all the fun of the fair into its backyard

The courtyard of Somerset House has become a staple of the winter calendar with its scenic ice rink and heartwarming cocktails. But a new summer installation by artist-architect Yinka Ilori could also make it one of the most sought-after summer hangouts.

The huge courtyard has been transformed into a ‘joyful spectacle of color, sound and energy’ featuring retro bumper cars, bars, food stalls and Covid-protected spaces to soak up the sun.

There will also be a series of special events including “Dodge Lates”, “Bump & Brunch” and DJ slots.

The highlight, however, are the dodgems, which are just as fun as you remember, and poking around your friends after a few cocktails promises to be just as fun as a career on a slab of ice cream.

Yinka Ilori is an artist, architect and designer whose works are inspired by his Anglo-Nigerian heritage. He started his career recycling furniture and his distinctive visual style is evident in the courtyard of Somerset House, which is full of bold colors and cleverly designed social modules.

The event will run until August 22 and is open Tuesday through Sunday – for more information visit the Somerset House website here.

For more information about Ilori visit his website here.

While you’re at Somerset House you should also pick up No Comply: Skate Culture and Community, a free exhibit ‘exploring the phenomenon of skateboarding and the impact of its culture and communities on the UK over the past 45 years. years ”. Read more about it here.