Somerville College

Somerville College

Dining hall, Somerville

Dining hall, Somerville

Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville

Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville

Somerville College

Somerville College

New Council Room, Somerville

New Council Room, Somerville

New Powell Room, Somerville

New Powell Room, Somerville

Park meeting room, Somerville

Park meeting room, Somerville

Somerville College

Somerville is a college for women and men. It was founded (as Somerville Hall) in 1879 to provide an opportunity for women, who at that time were excluded from membership of the university, to gain some kind of higher education in Oxford.

Somerville has educated many eminent scientists, politicians and writers: Dorothy Hodgkin (Nobel Laureate), Dame Janet Vaughan (scientist), Indira Ghandi (former Prime Minister of India), Baroness Margaret Thatcher (former British Prime Minister), Shirley Williams (MP), Iris Murdoch (novelist), Dorothy Sayers (novelist), and Esther Rantzen (journalist), to name just a few.

Somerville College is well placed for visitors to Oxford. It has excellent facilities, particularly the Flora Anderson Hall (and Brittain Williams Room) and the Margaret Thatcher Centre, and offers a versatile environment for groups or individuals requiring meeting rooms, lectures, receptions, or dinners all year round. Somerville has a wide range of venues suitable for up to 192 guests or delegates and offers handsome surroundings for both indoor and outdoor events, including beautiful gardens and a wood-panelled dining hall.

The college can also accommodate large groups of residential visitors during college vacation periods and its spacious gardens can be used by guests throughout the year. We are able to cater for drinks receptions, tea parties, dinners and banquets as well as meetings for up to 200.

Venue Contact
Dave Simpson
01865 270677
events@some.ox.ac.uk
www.some.ox.ac.uk

7 meeting spaces with capacity for up to
250 guests for

  • dining
  • buffet
  • theatre
  • boardroom
  • cabaret

functions plus 307 bedrooms for accommodation.

Summary

Bedrooms Ensuite Standard Breakfast Lunch Dinner
307 68 239 yes yes yes
Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
Margaret Thatcher Centre
- -
60
-
25 See image
Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville
Boardroom for up to 25 guests
36
100
New Council Room
- - - -
26 See image
New Council Room, Somerville
Boardroom for up to 26 guests
- -
New Powell Room
- - - -
18 See image
New Powell Room, Somerville
Boardroom for up to 18 guests
- -
Park 3
- - - -
14 See image
Park meeting room, Somerville
Boardroom for up to 14 guests
- -
Dining Hall
192 See image
Dining hall, Somerville
Dining for up to 192 guests
- - - - - -
Reading Room
35 See image
Reading Room, Somerville
Dining for up to 35 guests
60
- - - - -
Flora Anderson Hall (and Brittain Williams Room)
- -
200
-
50
-
250

Room by room

  • Margaret Thatcher Centre

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Opened in 1990, the centre comprises a spacious lobby, lecture room and anteroom, all with excellent disabled access opening out to a private garden. All three areas are interlinked; they can be used independently or on an open plan basis.

    Facilities: Built-in audio-visual facilities and wireless internet access available college-wide with prior arrangement.

    Accessibility: Full disabled access.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - -
    60
    -
    25 See image
    Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville
    Boardroom for up to 25 guests
    36
    100
  • New Council Room

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Curved stone stairs lead to a first floor, elegant neo-classical style meeting room. With pale green walls and ornate plaster detail, there is a large meeting table and cane-backed chairs for 26. Excellent for boardroom meetings or presentations.

    Facilities: Full wireless internet access college-wide with prior arrangement.

    Accessibility: First floor, no lift.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - - - -
    26 See image
    New Council Room, Somerville
    Boardroom for up to 26 guests
    - -
  • New Powell Room

    Available during Vacation

    Description: Located on the ground floor of a residential block, the New Powell Room seats 18 boardroom-style with natural daylight.

    Facilities: Full wireless internet access college-wide with prior arrangement.

    Accessibility: Ground floor, one step on entry to building.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - - - -
    18 See image
    New Powell Room, Somerville
    Boardroom for up to 18 guests
    - -
  • Park 3

    Available during Vacation

    Description: Intimate meeting room lined with books on ground floor of a residential block, Park 3 seats 14 boardroom-style with natural daylight.

    Facilities: Full wireless internet access college-wide with prior arrangement.

    Accessibility: Ground floor, one step on entry to building.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - - - -
    14 See image
    Park meeting room, Somerville
    Boardroom for up to 14 guests
    - -
  • Dining Hall

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: A beautiful, wood- panelled hall with south-facing sash windows, hung with velvet curtains, overlooking the College gardens. Portraits of the former Heads of the College adorn the walls below a majestic high ceiling. There are three steps leading to a stage and the High Table which seats 24. All other tables seat 12 to 14 guests on wooden chairs.

    Facilities: Built-in sound system.

    Accessibility: Full access via lift.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    192 See image
    Dining hall, Somerville
    Dining for up to 192 guests
    - - - - - -
  • Reading Room

    Available during Term-time

    Description: An intimate dining space adjacent to the Dining Hall, with French windows opening out to a stone balcony overlooking the gardens. There is a wood parquet floor, cane-fronted book shelves on one wall with padded bench seating around the perimeter of room.

    Facilities:

    Accessibility: First floor, three stairs leading down to room.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    35 See image
    Reading Room, Somerville
    Dining for up to 35 guests
    60
    - - - - -
  • Flora Anderson Hall (and Brittain Williams Room)

    Available during Term-time & vacation

    Description: Recently refurbished, this is a modern and open space comprising of a large lecture room (Flora Anderson Hall) and ante room (Brittain Williams Room). Light and airy, the Flora Anderson Hall has inbuilt AV and a stage, with a lectern and static microphone. The Brittain Williams Room is often used to serve refreshments in or for break out space, and has a beautiful view overlooking the Quad.

    Facilities: Built-in audio visual facilities and wireless internet access available college-wide with prior arrangement.

    Accessibility: Full disabled access.

    Dining Buffet Theatre Classroom Boardroom Cabaret Other
    - -
    200
    -
    50
    -
    250
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