Entrances & Opening Times

View of Somerset House New Wing, looking south along Waterloo bridge

Image courtesy of Philip Vile


Main Entrances


Strand Entrance


Mon-Sun: 07.00 - 23.00  

Deliveries are not permitted at this entrance

West Water Gate
Victoria Embankment
The West Water Gate leads to the West Service Yard, which is the delivery yard for Somerset House. All deliveries must be scheduled with security.control@somersethouse.org.uk in advance using the Delivery Form, found in the Forms section. 

No parking is available, but there are bike racks located on Victoria Embankment next to the West Water Gate.

This entrance is 24-hour accessible for residents, via the intercom. The gates are automated, so never manually try to move them. 

Mon – Fri: 07.00 – 19.00: Security-manned 
Mon-Sun: 19.00 – 07.00: Resident access using buzzer to security
Sat & Sun: Closed, by appointment only 

New Wing


New Wing Entrance
Lancaster Place 
This is the main New Wing entrance, open to the public.

Mon – Sat: 07.00 – 23.00
Sun: 07.00 – 18.00


New Wing Reception The reception is manned at the following times:

Mon-Fri: 09.00 - 18.00
Sat & Sun: Closed 


Loggia Corridor
Lancaster Place 
Corridor providing access from Lancaster Place through to the Upper Terrace of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court.

Mon – Sat: 07.00 – 00.00
Sun: 07.00 – 18.00


West Wing 


West Wing Reception  The reception is manned at the following times:

Mon – Fri: 09.00 – 18.00
Sat & Sun: Closed  

South Wing 


Seamen's Hall   Mon-Sun: 08.00 - 23.00

The Seamen’s Hall occasionally closes early for private events. In this instance, please exit using either the Navy or Stamp Entrance, or vacate via the Victoria Embankment 

Link Bridge to River Terrace
Lancaster Place
(W'loo Bridge) 


 Mon-Sun: 08.00 - 23.00 
Great Arch Entrance
Victoria Embankment  


 Mon-Sun: 07.00-19.00 (21.00 for Lates) 

Events & Working Late

  • If there are any changes to normal access for events, you will be notified in the Residents’ Newsletter, or in certain cases directly via email
  • Between 00.00 - 07.00, the West Water Gate is the only operating entrance/exit, using the intercom to contact Security Control


Map of Somerset House


Map of Somerset House