Our Spaces

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The Royal Institution venue offers a wide range of spaces suitable for any event from conferences and meetings to receptions and dinners. With access directly from our grand entrance on Albemarle Street, our ground floor event venues offer impressive modern spaces with an uncomplicated journey for your guests.

When your guests enter our grand entrance on Albemarle Street, they'll be led to our iconic sweeping Grand Staircase and can be guided to the first floor. Whether you're looking for a corporate meeting venue or a Mayfair party venue, the first floor of the Royal Institution has it all including our iconic lecture theatre and elegant heritage spaces.

The Lower Ground Floor offers a blank canvas, contemporary event space for hire, which provides branding and networking opportunities with views of Faraday's original laboratory and incredible objects such as the first Thermos to the lamp that saved the lives of coal miners. The exhibition and galleries across this floor allow you to add an interactive element to your event. Whether it's engaging with the exhibits or commissioning one of our incredible tours or demonstrations - this space will  immerse your guests in their event experience.

Space Combinations

First Floor Exclusive Hire

Our First Floor spaces flow together beautifully to create a flexible event space ideal for conferences, receptions, launches and formal dinners. The original marble Grand Entrance staircase leads to our iconic Lecture Theatre or to the Library, Georgian and Writing Rooms, which can be used as one large interconnected catering room or used as individual breakout spaces. Also included is the Demonstration Room, ideal as a breakout space or green room for speakers.

Conversation & Mezzanine

A large, stylish room with bold décor, the very name of the Conversation Room could be a talking point for your guests! Conveniently located on the ground floor this is  the perfect space for a conference accommodating up to 50 guests cabaret or 100 guests theatre style. Combined with the Conversation Room is the Mezzanine, a quirky and contemporary space ideal for catering and refreshments.

Full Venue Exclusive Hire

Exclusive hire includes our Georgian rooms, the Demonstration room and the iconic lecture theatre on the First Floor, the Conversation Room and Mezzanine on the Ground Floor as well as the glass roofed Atrium and the Royal Institution museum on the Lower Ground Floor. Exclusive hire allows you the space and flexibility to design the perfect experience for your guests. It suits events with a large number of attendees or for luxury events such dinners, award ceremonies or launches.  

Explore Our Spaces

Library

Library

The Library, adorned with period features, book-lined walls and flooded with natural daylight

Capacities

86m²
90
100
40
84
38
45
Theatre with full audience

Theatre

At the heart of the Royal Institution is the Theatre, as seen in

Capacities

400
View of Conversation Room from front with lectern

Conversation Room

The Conversation Room offers a contemporary-styled space with wall-to-ceiling bookcases and expansive windows

Capacities

90m²
100
100
50
96
36
45
Sunley Room

Sunley Room

The Sunley Room is the most historic of the Royal Institution's Ground Floor

Capacities

56m²
40
50
24
36
24
16
Writing Room

Writing Room

The Writing Room acts as another breakout space for the Library. This intimate

Capacities

29m²
20
20
12
27
12
12
Mezzanine

Mezzanine

The Mezzanine is one of the Royal Institution's most contemporary event spaces with

Capacities

100
Demonstration boardroom

Demonstration Room

The Demonstration Room has fully integrated AV and adjustable lighting allowing you to

Capacities

60m²
70
100
32
50
30
40