People playing in the fountains

Opening times & prices

Somerset House is fully open to the public. Admission to Somerset House is free, you can book in advance for certain exhibitions and events.

Somerset House is closed on 25 December.

Exhibitions & Events

The Courtauld Gallery | North Wing
The Courtauld Gallery has reopened its doors following the most significant modernisation project in its history.


Guided Tours
Our Historical Highlights Tours take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays and select Thursdays

General Areas & Entrances

Strand entrance
08.00 - 23.00

Great Arch Entrance on Victoria Embankment
08.00 - 19.00

New Wing
08.00 - 21.00

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
08.00 - 23.00 daily* 

The fountains are currently switched off. They will return in Spring 2024.

Seamen’s Hall
08.00 - 23.00

River Terrace
From 08.00 daily

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


Restaurants, cafés & shops

Learn more about our cafés & restaurants

Spring | New Wing
Tuesday – Friday  12.00 – 14.30

Tuesday – Saturday  17.30 – 21.30

WatchHouse | East Wing
Offering indoor dining and a takeaway food and drinks service.

Mon - Fri 08.00 - 18.00
Sat & Sun 09.00 - 18.00

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Somerset House Terrace Bar
The Somerset House Terrace Bar with San Miguel has returned to our stunning River Terrace for a season of unmissable experiences. Featuring delicious new twists curated by Spanish-English chef extraordinaire Jimmy Garcia.

Open daily 12.00 until late (weather permitting)

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Somerset House Shop | East Wing
Please note the shop is currently closed for refurbishment.