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To help us keep Summer on the Square a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, please follow the guidelines below by: 

  • Being considerate towards others 
  • Not crossing barriered areas 
  • Consuming food and drink in designated areas only  
  • Not smoking or vaping within the studio space  
  • Following our photography guidelines and only photographing those within your own family – unless otherwise granted permission. 

The Gallery is free to enter. You have an option to book a ticket prior to your arrival or you will be able to enter the Gallery on the day by joining the queue outside the Sainsbury Wing entrance. Please see here for the most up-to-date information about accessing the Gallery.

The main studio will be undercover and weatherproof to accommodate most weather conditions. However, the British weather is unpredictable and running any kind of event outdoors comes with risk. On rare occasions, due to exceptionally heavy rain or wind, it may not be possible for us to run advertised workshops. If the weather is looking particularly bad, please check our website before you travel to Trafalgar Square to see if we are running events that day.  

See our most up-to-date safety and hygiene measures

In line with government guidance, it is your choice whether to wear a face covering during your visit. 

In the Summer on the Square studio, hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and masks will be available. 

Materials will be shared between participants but please feel free to bring your own. 

Art materials can also be purchased in the National Gallery Shops.

If you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so. 

You are welcome to use the toilet facilities in the National Gallery. Public toilet facilities are also located on the west side of Trafalgar Square at the base of the central staircase. There is a small charge to use this facility.  

Our sessions have been designed for everyone. For activities that include easels, all our easels can be raised or lowered, and an option to use a drawing board instead will be provided. Stools will also be provided and there will be a ramped entrance to enter and exit the studio space. Trafalgar Square is flat and easily negotiable with a wheelchair. 

In between your visits to the Gallery and the main studio workshop activities, outside on the Square, take a rest and enjoy the sun (hopefully) and atmosphere of the Summer on the Square activities. There will be light bite food and drink offers for you to enjoy and picnic benches for you to relax on.  

If you are wanting something more substantial or the weather has taken a turn for the worst, delicious food and drink is also available from our newly opened Ochre restaurant and Muriel’s Kitchen café and Espresso Bar inside the Gallery. 

Summer on the Square will not have access to running water outside and will not have provision to refill water bottles. Inside the Gallery we do have water fountains which you are welcome to use. The nearest of these on entrance is located outside the toilets in the Sainsbury Wing on either the Lower Ground or on Level 1.

The Refill app may also be helpful to show you which locations nearby are happy to refill your water bottles. 

There are also many places surrounding the Square where you will be able to buy bottled water. 

Please pack lightly, as we will not be operating a cloakroom facility. Place your belongings somewhere you can always see them and keep purses and bags closed and secured. Don’t forget to take them with you when you leave! 

Of course, feel free to take photographs for personal, non-commercial use, but please don’t take pictures of people outside of your own family and friends without permission.  

We would love to see the work you create during the festival. Tag us in your posts on social media at: 

Instagram @nationalgallery 
Facebook @thenationalgallery 
Twitter @NationalGallery 
TikTok @nationalgallerylondon 

Dogs are always welcome in Trafalgar Square, but please note only assistance animals are allowed inside the studio space and Gallery building.