Somerset House

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Somerset House is a spectacular neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the river Thames. During the summer months, 55 fountains dance in the courtyard, and in winter you can skate on the magnificent ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, family workshops and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.

The mission of Somerset House Trust is to conserve and maintain Somerset House to the highest standards and to develop the site as a public space, which is universally recognised as a world-class visitor attraction and centre of excellence for culture and the arts.

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Opening Times

Free Admission excluding admission to the Embankment Galleries, The Courtauld Gallery or specified events.

Admission may vary. Please check for further information

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Opening Times

Somerset House is open every day except 25 December. Admission is free, but you’ll need to buy a ticket for some exhibitions and events.

Gallery & exhibition spaces

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00*

Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-20.00*

*Check individual exhibition information for other exceptions.

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*

Venue Details & Map

Somerset House

+44 (0)20 7845 4600
Public transport:
London Underground: Temple Covent Garden Charing Cross Embankment Waterloo Rail: Charing Cross Blackfriars Waterloo

Facilities & Accessibility

Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
Lift buttons with raised numbers or letters
Lift with spoken announcements on arrival at each floor
Ramps within building
Some routes suitable for limited mobility users
Some routes suitable for wheelchair users
Steps within building
Access into the Building
Assisted wheelchair access
Automatic doors
Steps with handrails to entrance
Temporary ramps available
Accessible Bathroom Facilities
Bathrooms available with emergency call system
Designated wheelchair accessible public toilet
Some toilets with handrails
Accessible Communication Facilities
Audible alarm system
Clear signage (colour contrast, large letters or pictograms)
Hearing loop system
Accessible Parking Facilities
Blue badge parking available
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Emergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities
Level access, ramp or lift to dining area
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the bar
Level access, ramp or lift to the lounge
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Special dietary requirements catered for
Staff available to assist
Staff available twenty four hours
Staff disability awareness trained
Additional Accessible Facilities
Accessible baby changing rooms
Level access, ramp or lift from entrance to reception
Level access, ramp or lift to information point
Level access, ramp or lift to ticket issuing point
Low reception or information counters
Portable chip and pin machines
Attraction Facilities
Gift shop
Public toilets
Booking Facilities
Group bookings accepted
Catering Facilities
Event catering
Halal options on menu
Kosher options on menu
Nut-free option on menu
Outdoor dining / Beer garden
Private Dining
Vegetarian options on menu
Event Facilities
Available for wedding receptions
Breakout Rooms
Civil Partnership licence held
Conference rooms / Meeting rooms
Event facilities
In house AV available
Licenced for civil marriages
Raked or tiered seating offered
Trade vehicle access
Venue allows outside catering
Venue can display vehicles inside
Wedding service
General Facilities
Payment Facilities
Free entry

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