Somerset House is well liked, and not just in comparison to its near neighbours (Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, The London Eye) who tend to lack refinement.
Being liked makes a person all the friendlier. Today in Somerset House's elegant courtyard, the popular annual ice rink is under construction. In the summer, fountains shoot from the floor of the same courtyard, going very high and in various patterns of synchronization, cooling people, delighting children. On summer nights films are projected onto big screens for a reasonable price. The Coutauld Gallery, nuzzled in at the side, is free and has Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt, Cézanne and Turner.