The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts

Unusual, London
  • No. of meeting rooms: 10
  • Meeting room max capacity: 220
  • No. of Bedrooms: N/A
  • No. of car parking spaces:
  • Nearest Motorway:
  • Nearest Train station: Charing Cross
  • Nearest Airport: London City Airport


Located in the heart of London, just behind the Strand – the RSA house occupies a prime location for you to enjoy a unique setting for your reception, dinner, meeting or conference. The RSA Hospitality team are on hand to ensure that every aspect of your event is handled with professionalism and attention to detail.

Designed especially for the Society in the early 1770s by Robert Adam; today the Georgian facade conceals many unexpected delights of both contemporary as well as traditional architecture.

The RSA offers you a wealth of choice under one roof from the stunning boardrooms and private dining rooms, all with unique John Adam ceilings. The house also includes the elegant Benjamin Franklin Room, overlooking the Strand it is perfect for dinners and receptions.

For those looking for a location for film and TV screenings or a conference the Great Room is unrivalled in its splendour and is fitted with fixed cinema seating and comprises a full range of audio visual technology. For smaller screenings we boast the Durham Street Auditorium – with its open brickwork and cobbles of the original Strand it never fails to impress – this too comprises a full AV suite.

So whether you prefer the quirky subterranean vaults or the Georgian splendour of the Benjamin Franklin and Great Rooms, the RSA will certainly provide a memorable talking point and inspirational backdrop for your event.

Suite Name Capacity (people) Dimensions(m)
Theatre Classrm Boardrm Cabaret Banquet Ushape Rec. H L W A
The Great Room 200 10.8 12.6 136.08
This is one of the most spectacular and delightful lecture theatres in London – featuring tiered seating and a glass domed roof allowing daylight to illuminate the celebrated paintings The Progress of Human Knowledge, by James Barry which adorn the upper walls.
The Benjamin Franklin Room 100 28 100 150 3.45 10.8 12.6 136.08
Spacious and elegant features a beautiful Victorian crystal chandelier and two original Adam fireplaces. Its light, bright atmosphere is enhanced by a giant window that runs the length of the room affording a stunning view out onto the Strand.
The Romney Room 30 20 20 40 5.4 11.2 60.48
This large well lit room boasts a stunning original Adam ceiling that perfectly compliments the décor in the adjoining Adelphi Room, to which there is an inter-connecting door.
The Adelphi Room 50 28 28 50 10.8 9 97.20
The Adam brother’s Adelphi development was at the heart of 18th century café society. As the dining room of the Adelphi Hotel it was one of the most fashionable venues and featured in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers.
The Tavern Room 50 30 30 50 3.4 12 5.1 61.20
In stark contrast to the elaborate décor of the house this uncluttered boardroom with polished wooden floor and simple Adam ceiling is ideal for small presentations, board meetings, candlelit dinners and receptions of up to 50.
Vault 1 72 100 16.5 8.4 138.60
Vault 2 52 40 60 10.8 5.4 58.32
Vault 3 30 30 6 5.4 32.40
Vault 4 80 60 60 10.8 5.4 58.32
All Vaults 120 220
Originally designed as river front warehouses these fully restored vaults offer a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. The series of interconnecting spaces offer a choice of secluded settings for intimate gatherings or, used as a whole, provide a spectacular backdrop to parties and product launches.


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