1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, is delighted to announce its return to London set to take place from 12 – 15  October 2023 at Somerset House.

This year’s edition hosts 62 international exhibitors from over 30 countries, the fair’s largest edition to date.

Key Information

Press Preview & VIP Preview

11:00 – 19:00, Thursday, 12 October

Public opening hours

11:00 – 19:00 , Friday, 13 October

11:00 – 19:00, Saturday, 14 October

11:00 – 18:00, Sunday, 15 October


Somerset House

London, WC2R 1LA


By London Underground

  • Temple (Circle & District lines; 250 metres, 5-minute walk)
  • Covent Garden (Piccadilly line; 650m, 8min)
  • Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern lines; 700m, 10min)
  • Embankment (Circle & District lines; 700m, 10min)

By rail

  • Charing Cross (700m, 10min)
  • Blackfriars (1km, 13min)
  • Waterloo (1km, 13min)

By bus

Buses 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 59, 68, 76, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1 and X68 all pass along the Strand and/or Aldwych, stopping within 100-200 metres of Somerset House.

By river

River Bus Services RB1, RB2 and RB6 all stop at Embankment Pier, roughly 600 metres from Somerset House.

By bicycle

There are bike stands on the Strand, Aldwych and Victoria Embankment, close to Somerset House. Please note that there is no bike parking in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court or within Somerset House itself, and all bikes attached to our buildings or railings will be removed

By car
There’s no car parking at Somerset House, and very little on-street parking nearby. The closest car park is on Parker Street, WC2B 5NT. Our Accessibility page contains details of accessible parking for Blue Badge-holders.
Somerset House sits within the Congestion Charge zone.

By coach
There’s a coach-parking bay on Victoria Embankment.

Hotels & Lodging

  • Me Hotel
  • The Strand Palace

Food & Drinks