• Renowned as the home of scientific research and communication for more than 200 years, the Royal Institution is the proud home of 14 Nobel Prize winners as well as the discovery of 10 chemical elements. The Ri’s 400 tiered seating theatre is familiar to those who watch the Ri Christmas Lectures; making it the perfect setting for conferences, lectures and film screenings. The other rooms can also be booked for a number of different events such as conferences, press releases, dinners, receptions, board meetings, training sessions and seminars.

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    Address: 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS

    Nearest Tube Stations: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus

    Telephone: 0207 101 0220


    Venue Spaces
    Conferences Royal Institution

    The Theatre

    This extraordinary auditorium which is fully equipped with AV and a dedicated technician is a remarkably intimate space which can seat over 400 people.

    The Library

    A large and impressive book-lined space with graceful Georgian features, the light and airy Library is an inspiring setting, discreetly equipped with a built-in screen and the latest AV equipment. Capacities: 90 theatre | 100 reception | 50 cabaret | 80 dining | 40 boardroom

    Georgian Room

    Linked to the Library and the Writing Room, the Georgian Room is full of character, with its white pillars, fine marble fireplace and historic books creating a pleasing and elegant space for an intimate dinner or networking reception. Capacities: 60 theatre | 100 reception | 40 boardroom

    The Writing Room

    Directly linked to the Library and Georgian Room the Writing Room, although a small room, its three sets of floor-to-ceiling windows make a big impression, as does its historic surroundings & highly decorative fireplace. Capacities: 20 theatre | 20 reception | 12 cabaret | 20 dining | 12 boardroom

    The Demonstration Room

    A much more contemporary space, the Demonstration Room was traditionally used as a prep room for scientific demonstrations which took place in the Theatre. Now it is a bright and functional event space which can be used for a whole host of events. Capacities: 80 theatre | 80 reception | 40 cabaret | 50 dining | 30 boardroom

    The Conversation Room

    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 room is very versatile and perfect for corporate events. Capacities: 100 theatre | 100 reception | 50 cabaret | 80 dining | 40 boardroom

    The Mezzanine

    A quirky and contemporary space, the Mezzanine overlooks the Atrium & Museum. Its modern and fluid layout make this a great location for receptions and evening parties. The building’s history is represented by original scientific instruments creating an intriguing sculptural focal feature. Capacities: 50 theatre | 100 reception

    Sunley Room

    The Sunley Room offers a wonderful Georgian feel with windows looking onto Albemarle Street. It is conveniently located within the building and extremely popular for smaller meetings, dinners or as an admin area for larger events. Capacities: 40 theatre | 40 reception | 24 cabaret | 40 dining | 24 boardroom

    Atrium and Exhibition

    The Atrium adjoins the historic heart of the Ri, our Museum showcasing many iconic inventions that astounded and changed the world, including the first-ever electric generator, the prototype for the Davy safety lamp, and the first-ever laser machine. Here you will also find Michael Faraday’s original laboratory complete with his scientific equipment. By day a contemporary café, the Atrium & Museum are an ultra-modern event space for evening receptions. Capacities: 50 theatre | 120 reception

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  • Christmas Parties

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