The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House

Reopening in April 2021

Following the latest government guidelines on easing of lockdown, Somerset House is now open to the public.

The areas of site which will be open to the public are:
• Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, open daily from 10.00 - 19.00
• River Terrace, open daily from 10.00 - 19.00

WatchHouse and E10 Café will offer a takeaway food and drinks service, both accessible from the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court.

Dining Domes at Somerset House will be open from Wednesday 14 April, and are available to pre-book now.

London Design Biennale 2021 is taking place across Somerset House from 01 - 27 June.

Do I need to book?

You do not need to book to visit our courtyard, however some future events and exhibitions are ticketed so please check our website for further information. 

On-site facilities

Toilets will be open in the South Wing adjacent to E10 Café. We will be operating cashless payments only across the site.
Our fountains will be on display in the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court between 10.00 and 19.00 each day, with plenty of open air seating available also.

Site access

Members of the public can enter Somerset House via the Strand or River Terrace entrances between 10.00 - 19.00

Safety precautions we have implemented

We’re following the official Working Safely during Covid-19 Government guidance to make sure the whole building is Covid secure for staff and visitors

Face Coverings are essential during your visit while in any indoor spaces, including cafes.

Visitors will be reminded to respect social distancing with signage across site.

Our staff may remind visitors about social distancing where necessary. We ask all visitors to be respectful of our staff and other visitors.

Hand sanitiser is available at all entry points to the building, and we’ve installed hand washing facilities in the Courtyard and River Terrace.

In certain areas we may implement a one way system to assist with social distancing.

We have removed all interactive touch points and we kindly ask you not to touch any displays exhibitions.

We have introduced PPE to staff in some of the closer proximity positions.

Regular additional cleaning will take place throughout the building.

Other Questions

Do I need to wear a face mask?

Visitors are required to wear a face covering while indoors.

Face coverings are not mandatory in outdoor areas.

Will you check my temperature as I enter the Gallery?

We will not check your temperature upon entering the building, although if you suspect that you may have a temperature, we ask that you delay your visit until it is safe to do so. If you become unwell during your visit, we ask you to alert a member of staff.

When I visit, will I need to register with the track and trace app from the NHS?

If we are required to contact visitors in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19, we will contact you using the contact details from your booking, and you will be responsible for contacting other members of your party.

An NHS QR Code will be posted for exhibitions and other activities on site for visitors to scan with their mobile devices using the NHS COVID-19 app, but not required for access to the courtyard. 

We will follow the latest government guidance regarding use of the NHS COVID-19 app.

What do I do if I'm feeling unwell?

If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms please stay at home. You may be refused entry if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

If you’ve got any questions or concerns, email

The NHS COVID-19 app can be downloaded below