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.

Please note the fountains will be switched off from 18.00 on Sunday 1 May 2016 they will be switched back on at 10.00 on Friday 6 May 2016.

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. 

Sign up to our e-newsletter
Facebook Twitter YouTube instagram
May 2016
Designed and Developed by Earth