General Information


Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the buildings. Smoking is permitted on the River Terrace and in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.


Non-commercial photography is welcomed in most parts of Somerset House except, for reasons of copyright, in the Seamen's Hall and the King's Barge House. The use of tripods is not permitted for safety reasons. Visitors wishing to take non-flash photography at The Courtauld Gallery should enquire at the admissions desk. Unauthorised wedding photography is not permitted.


The fountains are currently switched on daily 10.00-23.00. 

The fountains will be switched off from Monday 1 August whilst we prepare for Film4 Summer Screen.

They will return on Friday 5 August, from this date until Wednesday 17 August they will be switched on daily 10.00-15.00. 

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is at the heart of Somerset House - a dignified courtyard with a mischievous streak.

The array of jets dance in an orchestrated sequence, with added coloured lighting at night - a refreshing surprise on a warm summer day.

To confirm you can see the fountain displays on your visit please call
020 7845 4600.

Please note that Somerset House does not have cloakroom facilities.

The Courtauld Gallery have locker facilities that can be used by visitors to the Courtauld Gallery only. 

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