The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, Image by Kevin Meredith

Getting here

On 19 August works began to switch Aldwych to two-way traffic. Part of Strand outside Somerset House became a pedestrian/cycle zone on 22 August.

On Sunday 22 August, Aldwych re-opened as a two-way road and the Strand is permanently closed to traffic between Surrey Street and Waterloo Bridge.

Buses that previously stopped on Strand will now stop at new locations on Aldwych. Please visit the TfL website for alternative ways to travel.

For more information please visit


Our Strand, New Wing and River Terrace entrances are all currently open.

Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

Use the Transport for London (TfL) Journey Planner to find the best route to Somerset House.

By London Underground
Nearest stations:

  • 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
Nearest stations:

  • 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
There are several Santander Cycles docking stations near Somerset House.

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.



Best for The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Seamen’s Hall & the South Wing, the Courtyard Rooms, the East Wing galleries, The Courtauld Gallery, King’s College London and the Somerset House Shop.

Waterloo Bridge
Currently closed
Best for the River Terrace, Seamen’s Hall & the South Wing, the Terrace Rooms, Bryn Williams and Hej Coffee.

Lancaster Place
Currently closed
Best for Spring & the Salon at Spring, Pennethorne’s, Somerset House Studios, Makerversity and the New Wing.

Victoria Embankment
Currently closed
Best for the Embankment Galleries. 

The Somerset House information desk is in Seamen’s Hall, which you can reach directly from The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court or the River Terrace. Head here for details on all our exhibitions and events, and to book tickets for our free guided tours.