Somerset House

Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, Somerset House is London’s working arts centre, home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of the city’s best loved public spaces. Read More


Dedicated to backing progress, championing openness, nurturing creativity and empowering ideas, our cultural programme is ambitious in scope. We insist on relevance, but aren’t afraid of irreverence, and are as keen on entertainment as enrichment. We embrace the biggest issues of our times (recent exhibitions and installation have addressed climate change and the work of Black creative pioneers), but are equally committed to the delicate task of oxygenating new work by emerging artists.

We welcome 3 million annual visitors to share this unique combination of public events, creative enterprise, and artistic practice. It is this mix that informs and powers our programme and makes it singular, compelling and accessible.

Many of our events are free and we encourage visitors to sit and enjoy our courtyard and terraces, without having to buy so much as a cup of coffee, as havens at the centre of London, but set back and away from cars, pollution and the hustle and bustle of street life. We offer free WiFi, are home to five cafes and restaurants, and relish family visits, dogs and children.

Likewise, though we reside in an iconic neo classical building, justly famous as the 18th century architect William Chambers' seminal masterpiece, we are at our best when navigating the now and powering the new. Nowhere else will you find a major movie star introducing a world film premiere one moment, while experimental dance music fills a cellar the next.

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-

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 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 payment counters
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
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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