About The RSA House

Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit.

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Up to 220
Venue Type
Conference centre, Institutions, Meeting room
Venue Style
Designer, Funky, Grand, Historic, Iconic, Light and Bright, On-trend, Traditional
Event Atmosphere
Creative, Formal, Glamorous

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The RSA House Rooms

Benjamin Franklin Room

Benjamin Franklin Room

100 Meeting
150 Standing
110 Banquet

The Benjamin Franklin Room is a spacious and elegant ground floor room ideal for drinks receptions, dinners, conferences and wedding ceremonies. The large window floods the room with daylight and provides a stunning view of the Strand. The dramatic Troika chandelier reflects geometric patterns on to the ceiling and the room also hosts two original Adam fireplaces.

The Benjamin Franklin Room has previously been used as a "model room" displaying award winning inventions providing our guests with that historical foundation, but with a modern and contemporary twist.

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Drawing Room

6 Meeting
20 Standing

This intimate room is the perfect setting for casual meetings and gatherings and is also ideal for holding interviews. It is often used for quiet preparation during weddings and big events.

Furnished in a relaxed, contemporary fashion, the Drawing Room is also really good for a green room, dressing room or that quiet space to make phone calls away from your meeting and conferences. 

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Durham Street Auditorium

Durham Street Auditorium

70 Meeting

The Durham Street Auditorium is a purpose built theatre ideal for screenings, conferences and meetings. 

The DSA was built on the last remaining stretch of 18th century cobbled roadway which was part of a tunnel beneath the House leading down to the Thames. 

Whilst there are 60 fixed chairs the DSA can accommodate up to 70 guests. 

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Folkestone Room

14 Meeting
30 Standing
14 Banquet

The Folkestone Room is a traditional boardroom with a central table, designed for smaller meetings or intimate dinners for up to 14 people. It is ideal for small events or a good break out space when used in conjunction with the Prince Phillip Room, Shipley or Romney Room. 

The room is flooded with natural day light and has a 52" screen permanently in place which is included in the venue hire. More information can be found on our AV page. 

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Great Room

Great Room

200 Meeting
200 Standing
140 Banquet

The Great Room is our largest space in the building playing host to awards dinners, large conferences and meetings, drinks receptions and weddings. This iconic room is fully air conditioned, with natural daylight streaming in from the glass domed ceiling. With full AV built in, this room is ideal for most event types.

The Great Room was designed by Adam as an assembly room for the Society Members' discussions and debates and as a venue for the presentation of awards and prizes.

The Great Room is dominated by the epic series of paintings "Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture" by James Barry. In 1774, ten artists including Barry, were invited to decorate the Great Room and all declined, but Barry. 24 years later the impressive sequence of six paintings were completed to display the images we still house today. 

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Prince Philip Room

56 Meeting
60 Standing
48 Banquet

The Prince Philip Room is a first floor event space directly above the Tavern Room and provides an ideal backdrop for conferences, meetings, dinners and drinks receptions. Located next to the Romney Room, Shipley Room and Folkestone Room these series of rooms can work well together for break out spaces or independently. The Adam ceiling with painted roundels offers a stunning focus to the room. 

The Prince Philip Room was named after HRH Duke of Edinburgh to mark his long service as the President of the Society. The portrait of HRH by Michael Clark is displayed in this room. 

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Romney Room

30 Meeting
40 Standing
20 Banquet

An elegant room with a magnificent original Adam ceiling, this was once the main drawing room of number 2 John Adam Street. The Romney Room now offers space for meetings, conferences, small dinners and break out spaces. 

The Romney Room has adjoining doors to both the Prince Phillip and Shipley Rooms which can work well for interconnecting break out spaces. 

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Shipley Room

12 Meeting
20 Standing
12 Banquet

The Shipley Room is a first floor, classically decorated room with a beautiful Adam ceiling and a Regency chandelier. The chimneypiece and door cases are from Bowood House and were installed in the 1950s. 

Originally the main reception room of number 4 John Adam Street, this room now commemorates the Society's founder and Secretary from 1754 - 1757, William Shipley. 

There is a linking door to the Drawing Room for holding pre-event drinks or for catering during boardroom meetings.

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Tavern Room

Tavern Room

50 Meeting
70 Standing
48 Banquet

A simply decorated room with a polished wooden floor and plain Adam ceiling which currently houses 4 screenprints of an Indian view by Howard Hodgkin on loan from the Arts Council.

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Tindale Room

6 Meeting

The Tindale room is a small, well presented meeting room for up to 6 people located on the ground floor of the House.

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80 Meeting
220 Standing
110 Banquet

Originally river-front warehouses, the Vaults display exposed 18th century brickwork, offering a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. There are 4 Vaults at RSA House with 2 - 4 interconnecting providing a great backdrop for parties, dinners and product launches.

Vault 1 is separated from the other Vaults and is ideal for dinners and drinks receptions or to provide that "chill out" space when using the rest of the Vaults.  

There is a separate entrance on Durham Street available for events in the Vaults and provides a more exclusive feel to any event. 

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This venue also offers

Christmas at the RSA House
Christmas Parties
Weddings at the RSA
Wedding Venues


8 John Adam Street, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6EZ

020 7451 6855


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