Positioned at the top of the Grand Staircase is the Library, still adorned with period features and, unusually for a central London venue, flooded in natural daylight.

The hire of the Library includes a built-in screen and AV equipment, making this a perfect meeting room or awards ceremony venue. With views of Mayfair and walls lined with books, this venue is sure to make an impression on your guests.

The Library can be hired in conjunction with the adjoining Georgian Room and Writing Room to create a versatile event hire venue in the heart of Mayfair and is ideal for drinks receptions, private dining or as a breakout space.

One of the most stunning original features of the Library is the circular mirror suspended above the original fireplace. You will see bronze busts and portraits of some of the Royal Institution's most memorable members and scientists. The floor to ceiling bookcases hold original, antique books and journals that containing the significant scientific discoveries of their age.

The Library is the perfect reflection of the Royal Institution's incredible past and the great minds who have walked the halls before us. Speak to our experienced suppliers to see how we can create your perfect event in the Library.

History & Heritage

The Library at the Royal Institution originally consisted of two rooms, used as a study and a preparation spaces for our members. While the iconic Theatre was under construction in 1800, the Library was converted into a single room to be used as a temporary lecture theatre and presentation space.

Once the Theatre construction was complete, the now larger room was transformed into a library and filled with books on research and historical discoveries from the world of science. 

The South wall of the Library marks the division between 21 and 20 Albemarle Street, which was gifted to the Royal Institution in the 1890s by Ludwig Mond, a German-born Chemist. A doorway was added between the Library and Georgian Room, allowing access between both buildings. 

The circular mirror suspended above the original Library fireplace has been in this same location since it was commissioned in 1802, and can be seen in the illustrations of the room featured in the Men of Science Living in 1807–8 print which is on display in the Georgian Room. 

The Library is the perfect reflection of the Royal Institution’s incredible past and the great minds who have walked its halls. 

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