Opening times and prices

Opening times & prices

Opening times

Somerset House is open every day except 25 December.

Gallery & exhibition spaces
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00 (last admission 17.00)*
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-20.00 (last admission 19.00)*

Christmas & New Year exhibition opening times (including Good Grief. Charlie Brown!Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions)
As normal except
Mon 24 Dec 2018: 10.00-16.00 (last admission 15.00)
Tue 25 & Wed 26 Dec 2018: Closed
Mon 31 Dec 2018: 10.00-16.00 (last admission 15.00)
Tue 01 Jan 2019: 12.00-18.00 (last admission 17.00) 

*Check individual exhibition information for other exceptions.

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason
Click here for more information.

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.

The fountains will remain switched off until March 2019.

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
Mon – Fri: 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-22.00
Bar open 12.00-22.00

Sat: 10.00-16.00 and 18.00-22.00
Bar open 10.00-22.00

Sun: Closed (for private hire please contact the restaurant directly)

Christmas & New Year exhibition opening times
As normal except
24 and 25 December 2018 - Closed
26 December 20.18 - Open for brunch 10.00-16.00
01 January 2019 - Open for brunch 12.00-16.00


Fernandez & Wells    
08.00-22.00 Monday-Wednesday
08.00-23.00 Thursday-Friday
10.00-22.00 Saturday
10.00-20.00 Sunday

Pennethorne’s    
08.00-22.00 Monday-Friday
12.00-22.00 Saturday
closed Sunday

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

Spring
12.00-14.30, 17.30-22.30 Monday-Saturday

The Courtauld Gallery Café
10.00-17.30 daily

Somerset House Shop, East Wing
10.00-18.00 Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun
11.00-20.00 Wed–Fri

Tickets to our exhibitions and events (excluding Sony World Photography Awards and Photo London) can be purchased in person from the shop, subject to availability.


Admission prices

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

Good Grief Charlie Brown: Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts 25 Oct 2018 – 03 Mar 2019
£14.00 / £11.00 concessions, Under 12s free. 


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.

From 17 September 2018 – 20 January 2019 the National Gallery will display major Impressionist paintings from the Courtauld Gallery. The exhibition, Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne will feature works bought in the 1920s by Samuel Courtauld, alongside works from The National Gallery’s own collections which the businessman financed and helped acquire.