Somerset House

Strand, London WC2R 1LA

A unique part of the London cultural scene, Somerset House is an historic building where surprising and original work comes to life.

From its 18th century origins, Somerset House has been a centre for debate and discussion – an intellectual powerhouse for the nation. Somerset House is today a key cultural destination in the heart of London in which to experience a broad range of artistic activity, engage with artists, designers and makers and be a part of a major creative forum – an environment that is relaxed, welcoming to all and inspirational to visit while providing a stimulating workplace for the cultural and creative industries.

Since its opening in 2000, Somerset House has built up a distinctive outdoor public programme including Skate, concerts, an open-air film season and a diverse range of temporary exhibitions throughout the site focusing on contemporary culture including fashion, architecture and design, with an extensive learning programme.

They are the biggest community of creative organisations in central London including The Courtauld Gallery and Institute of Art, King’s College London Cultural Institute and over 100 other creative businesses. They currently attract approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.

Facilities: Spring Restaurant, Pennethorne’s Café, Fernandez & Wells Café, Tom’s Kitchen and Tom’s Deli.

Accessible car parking
There is limited parking space available at Somerset House for Blue Badge holders from 10.00-18.00. To check availability and book in advance: Email: or call +44 (0)20 7845 4600
(Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00, choose option 7)

Wheelchair provision
They have a limited number of wheelchairs for visitors to use. To check availability and book in advance:
Email: or call +44 (0)20 7845 4600
(Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00, choose option 7)

Guide and hearing dogs,
They welcome guide dogs and hearing dogs.

Opening Times: Open Daily (10.00 – 18.00)
Check individual exhibition listings for details of any late night openings

Costs: Costs vary for different exhibitions and events but access to the site is free throughout the year.

Photo Credits: © Somerset House (Image 1-Jeff Knowles, Image 2-Marcus Ginns, Image 3-Richard Bryant)

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