Opening times and prices

Opening times & prices

Somerset House is open every day except 25 December.

Admission to Somerset House 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.

Christmas & New Year exhibition opening times
As normal except
Tue 24 Dec 2019: 10.00-16.00 (last admission 15.00)
Wed 25 & Thu 26 Dec 2019: Closed
Tue 31 Dec 2019: 10.00-16.00 (last admission 15.00)
Wed 01 Jan 2020: 12.00-18.00 (last admission 17.00) 

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*

* Our gallery and exhibition spaces sometimes open late for exhibitions and special events. The Edmond J. Safra Court is occasionally closed for concerts, film screenings and other special events.

The fountains in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
The fountains in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court are operational during the spring and summer.

The fountains are currently switched off, they will return in spring 2020.

To check whether they’ll be turned on for your visit, call 020 7845 4600. 

Guided Tours

We run free guided tours three days a week.

Restaurants, cafés & shops

Learn more about our cafés and restaurants 

Bryn Williams at Somerset House
Mon – Fri: 12.00-15.00 and 18.00-22.00
Bar open 12.00-22.00

Sat: 10.00-16.00 and 18.00-22.00
Bar open 10.00-22.00

Sun: Closed (for private hire please contact the restaurant directly)

Somerset House Terrace with San Miguel
Mon-Sat 12.00-late, Sun 12.00-18.00 (weather permitting)

Fernandez & Wells    
Monday-Wednesday 08.00-22.00
Thursday-Friday 08.00-23.00
Saturday 10.00-22.00
Sunday 10.00-20.00

Monday-Friday 08.00-22.00
Saturday 12.00-22.00
Sunday Closed

Hej Coffee
08.00-18.00 Monday-Friday*
10.00-18.00 Saturday and Sunday

12.00-14.30, 17.30-22.30 Monday-Saturday

Somerset House Shop, East Wing
10.00-18.00 Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun
11.00-20.00 Wed–Fri

Please note the shop is closing early for the day at 17.00 on Thursday 09 May 2019.

Tickets to our exhibitions and events can be purchased in person from the shop, subject to availability.

The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery will be closed from Monday 03 September 2018 for a major redevelopment project, Courtauld Connects. This ambitious project will see the transformation of the Gallery and its services.