Opening times and prices

Opening times & prices

Following the government’s confirmation that galleries can re-open in July, we are finalising a plan to open to the public with our exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi and the magnificent outdoor fountain courtyard in mid-July.

We have a plan that meets all current COVID-19 secure guidelines, which may have to be revised, as we are expecting more detailed government guidance soon.  We will update our website and social media channels with confirmed re-opening dates when we are in a position to do so.  

As ever, the health of all our visitors, staff, residents creative community remains our priority.  We look forward to welcoming you back safely, soon.

Admission to Somerset House is free, but you’ll need to buy a ticket for some exhibitions and events.  

Gallery & exhibition spaces
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00*
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-20.00*

*Check individual exhibition information for other exceptions.

Victoria Embankment entrance
08.00-19.00 daily

New Wing
Monday-Saturday 08.00-23.00, Sunday 08.00-18.00

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
07.30-23.00 daily*

River Terrace and Seamen’s Hall
08.00-23.00 daily*

* Our gallery and exhibition spaces sometimes open late for exhibitions and special events. The Edmond J. Safra Court is occasionally closed for concerts, film screenings and other special events.

The fountains in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
The fountains in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court are operational during the spring and summer.

The fountains are currently switched off, they will return in spring 2020.

To check whether they’ll be turned on for your visit, call 020 7845 4600. 

Guided Tours

We run free guided tours three days a week.

Restaurants, cafés & shops

Learn more about our cafés and restaurants 

Bryn Williams at Somerset House
Monday-Friday 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-22.00
Bar open 12.00-22.00

Saturday 10.00-16.00 and 18.00-22.00
Bar open 10.00-22.00

Sunday Closed (for private hire please contact the restaurant directly)

Monday-Friday 08.00-22.00
Saturday 12.00-22.00
Sunday Closed

Hej Coffee
Monday-Friday* 08.00-18.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00-18.00 

Monday-Saturday 12.00-14.30 and 17.30-22.30
Sunday Closed

Watch House
Monday-Friday 07.30-late
Saturday & Sunday 08.00-late

Somerset House Shop, East Wing
Please note the shop will be closed for refurbishment from Wednesday 29 January 2020, it is due to reopen in late March.

10.00-18.00 Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun
11.00-20.00 Wed–Fri

Tickets to our exhibitions and events can be purchased in person from the shop, subject to availability.

The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery will be closed from Monday 03 September 2018 for a major redevelopment project, Courtauld Connects. This ambitious project will see the transformation of the Gallery and its services.