At the heart of the Royal Institution is the Theatre, an ideal corporate event space, made famous by the Christmas Lectures, where many great scientific minds have presented world-changing discoveries.
Within the auditorium hire, you'll have access to our in-house AV and a dedicated technician to support your needs. The Theatre's steep rake and precise design ensures every guest has a perfect view.
Bring your guests to one of the most historic and iconic corporate event venues and lecture theatres in the world, and see how you can inspire them.
History & Heritage
The Theatre is an intimate space at the heart of the Royal Institution where many great scientific minds have presented and shared their research. Over 25,000 lectures have been delivered here to audiences from professionals to the scientists of tomorrow, inspiring future generations and planting the seeds for future discoveries.
Many world-changing scientific discoveries have been revealed here, including Humphry Davy announcing the existence of sodium, Michael Faraday sharing his field theory of electromagnetism, and JJ Thomson announcing the existence of the fundamental particle later called the electron.
Charles Darwin himself has sat in the audience of the Theatre, and in 1872, the poet Lord Tennyson watched a lecture here by William Henry Preece, featuring the first UK demonstration of a phonographic recording which included the playing back of a recording of one of his poems.
Other notable scientific firsts announced in this historic space include the first demonstration of a telephone (also in in Preece’s 1872 lecture), the demonstration of William Henry Fox Talbot’s techniques for photography of a still image in 1839, Eadweard Muybridge’s demonstration of his moving image of a horse in 1839, and the first colour photograph demonstrated by James Clerk Maxwellv in 1861.
In more recent years, scientists including David Attenborough, planetary scientist Carl Sagan, primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, and the mathematician after which the boson sub-atomic particle was named, Satyendra Nath Bose.