Somerset House


Within the imposing neoclassical architecture of Somerset House you’ll find a year-round programme of visual and live arts bringing the building alive with surprising and original events.

From Cranach, Rubens and Botticelli to Manet, Cézanne and Van Gogh, the world-renowned Courtauld Gallery has iconic Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous other important paintings from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.

The new Embankment Galleries opened in April 2008 in 750 square metres of space with a programme of restless, ideas-driven exhibitions, focusing on a broad range of contemporary arts from fashion and architecture to design and photography.

At the heart of the building the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court is a spectacular venue for open-air films and concerts in the summer, and the capital’s premier winter ice rink. With family events, cafés and a restaurant, Somerset House is a thriving centre for inspiration and relaxation in the heart of London’s West End.

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

Embankment level: 10.00-18.00

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court: 07.30-23.00

River Terrace and Seamen's Hall: 08.00-23.00

Embankment Galleries (during exhibitions): Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays 10.00-18.00(last admission 17.00), Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11.00-20.00 (last admission 19.00)

Venue Details & Map

Somerset House

The Strand
+44 (0)20 7845 4600
Public transport:
Tube: Covent Garden/Temple/Holborn/Embankment


Event Facilities
In house AV available
Venue can display vehicles inside

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