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, where no face coverings are required.  

Face coverings are mandatory in our indoor spaces unless you are exempt. This is in line with government guidelines. Please maintain social distancing 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

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules

Sat, Sun & Tue 10.00 - 18.00. Wed - Fri 11.00 - 20.00. Last entry 1 hour prior to closing.
Closed on Mondays except on Monday 14 February when the exhibition will be open 10.00 - 18.00.

Last entry 1 hour prior to closing

 

We Are History

Open Sat - Tue 10.00- 8.00, Wed - Fri 11.00-20.00.

Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing

 

Gallery 31: Temporary Compositions

Open Sat - Tue 10.00-18.00, Wed - Fri 11.00-20.00
 

 

Opening Times - Eating & Drinking

WatchHouse

Mon – Fri, 09.00-18.00 
Sat & Sun, 10.00-18.00

 

Dipna Anand Restaurant & Bar

Wednesday - Friday
Lunch 12.00-15.00
Dinner 18.00-22.00

Saturday
Brunch 10.00-16.00
Dinner 18.00-22.00

Sunday
Brunch 10.00-16.00

 

 

Pennethorne's

Please note Pennethorne’s will remain closed for January, with plans to reopen on Monday 31 January.

E10 Cafe

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

 

Spring

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

Our staff will be wearing face coverings for their safety and the safety of our visitors.

We kindly request you wear a face covering in indoor spaces (unless exempt), maintain social distancing 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, where no face coverings are required.  

Face coverings are mandatory in our indoor spaces unless you are exempt. This is in line with government guidelines. Please maintain social distancing and consider other visitors and staff as you move around site.

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

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 visitor@somersethouse.org.uk.

The NHS COVID-19 app can be downloaded below