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A beautiful, historic location for venue hire in central London

The Royal Society is the national academy of science in the UK and our fundamental purpose, reflected in our founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote and support excellence in science, encouraging its development and use for the benefit of humanity.

The Royal Society has played a part in some of the most significant and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and our scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science.

We published Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, and Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment demonstrating the electrical nature of lightning. We backed James Cook’s journey to Tahiti, reaching Australia and New Zealand, to track the Transit of Venus. We published the first report in English of inoculation against disease, approved Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, documented the eruption of Krakatoa and published Chadwick’s detection of the neutron that would lead to the unleashing of the atom.

The Royal Society is situated in an ideal, central London location overlooking the Mall and St James’s Park and close to many transport links. With 12 rooms available for venue hire, our central London location is ideal for hosting conferences, board meetings, training events, seminars, lectures, receptions and dinners. We can accommodate events for between 10 to 800 guests.

Each of our elegant meeting rooms has natural daylight, air conditioning and WiFi. All venue hire space in the Royal Society is equipped with modern AV equipment and hybrid facilities and there is an on-site team to provide technical support if you need it. We can also offer tours of our unparalleled archives.

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Our conferencing service is recognised for our outstanding fine dining catering options, provided by our dedicated catering partners, CH&CO. 

For over 350 years the Royal Society has hosted and organised some of the most important events in the scientific world, which makes us uniquely equipped to ensure your event is a truly memorable occasion. Our aim is to ensure that your event is delivered to the highest standards. Our conferencing team will work with you to plan and manage your event so that you can be confident that your event will run smoothly and that your guests will have an enjoyable experience.

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By holding your event here, you are helping to play an important part in supporting the Royal Society, a registered charity and the UK’s National Academy of science. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Contact the Conferencing Team on +44 20 7451 2612 or by email at