People enjoying The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House

Visiting Somerset House Safely

Somerset House is fully open to the public. 

Many of our spaces are outdoors. Face coverings are optional in our indoor spaces, but we encourage you to wear one and consider other visitors and staff as you move around site.

Like all public buildings and spaces, Somerset House has a number of security measures in place for the protection of our visitors, residents and staff. These measures include procedures to deal with events should an incident actually happen.


Opening Times - Exhibitions & Events

This Bright Land | 01 - 29 Aug 2022

Free entry to the site:

Mondays – Fridays, 12.00 - 18.00

Rides on the Observation Wheel cost £5 per person at all times

Pay What You Can entry:

Mondays – Thursdays, 19.00 - 22.30 (except Mon 01 Aug, closing at 20.00) & Saturdays, 12.00 - 17.00 (except Sat 27 Aug 12.00 – 16.00) and all day on Sundays

Friday Weekend Warm-ups

Friday 05, 12, 19 & 26 August, 19.30 - 22.30, tickets from £5.00-£15.00

Saturday Vogue Balls with Vogue Rites

Saturday 06, 13, 20 & 27 August, 18.30 - 22.30, tickets from £5.00-£22.50

Sunday Street Parties

Sunday 07, 14, 21 & 28 August, 12.00 - 22.30, Pay What You Can


Eternally Yours | 16 Jun - 25 Sep 2022
Mon 11.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Tue 11.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Wed 12.00 - 20.00 (last entry 19.30)
Thu 12.00 - 20.00 (last entry 19.30)
Fri 12.00 - 20.00 (last entry 19.30)
Sat 11.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Sun 11.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Gallery 31: Swimmers Limb | 29 Jul - 20 Nov 2022

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00


Opening Times - Eating & Drinking


08.00 - 18.00 Mon - Wed
08.00 - 20.00 Thu & Fri
10.00 - 20.00 Sat
10.00 - 18.00 Sun


Dipna Anand Restaurant & Bar

Wednesday - Friday
Lunch 12.00-15.00
Dinner 18.00-22.00

Brunch 10.00-16.00
Dinner 18.00-22.00

Brunch 10.00-16.00




Monday - Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday



Mon - Fri, 08.30-17.00
Weekends and bank holidays, 10.00-17.00




Dinner services run Wednesday to Saturday with reservations from 17.30 and the last reservation at 21.30.

Lunch services run Wednesday to Friday from 12.00 and the last reservation at 14.30.


Essential Information

Do I need to book?

You do not need to book to visit Somerset House, however many of our events and exhibitions are ticketed so please check the specific event page on our website for further information.

On-site facilities

Toilets are open in the following areas

  • At the south end of the Courtyard (one way
  • system in operation) from 10.00.
  • South Wing Ground Floor adjacent to E10 Café
  • New Wing Ground Floor
  • South Wing Embankment Level
  • East Wing Ground Floor
  • River Terrace from 10.00 till late

We will be operating cashless payments only across the site.

The fountains are currently switched off.

Site access

Members of the public can enter Somerset House via the Strand, Lancaster Place or River Terrace entrances between 08.00 - 23.00

Safety precautions we have implemented

Face coverings are optional, but we encourage you to wear one and consider other visitors and staff as you move around site.

If you feel uncomfortable at any point about visitor behaviour, please speak to a member of staff. 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. 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.

Do I need to wear a face mask?

Many of our spaces are outdoors. Face coverings are optional, but we encourage you to wear one (unless exempt), maintain social distancing and consider other visitors and staff as you move around site.

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