The Library at The Royal College of Surgeons

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About The Library at The Royal College of Surgeons


The View is a versatile events space found within the historic confines of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, which houses two private dining spaces.

One private dining room is The Lumley Library, which is found on the first floor and can welcome up to 80 guests for a sit-down meal or 120 for a standing drinks reception. The dramatic space features a dark green colour scheme, as well as high ceilings, an original fireplace and towering shelves lined with classic, rare books (the library is recognised as housing one of the finest medical science literary collections in Europe). The space is ideal for intimate dinners or business lunches and portable projector screens can be provided for presentations.

The second private dining room is the venue's eponymous space, The View. Found on the sixth floor, the space is made up of a conference suite and additional rooms, as well as an outdoor terrace which takes in views of the Lincoln Inn Fields and wider London beyond. The View is better suited to large parties, such as charity galas and awards ceremonies, with guests seated across a number of round tables. For speeches and presentations, the room comes equipped with a podium and widescreen television, as well as repeater screens dotted along the walls to make sure that everyone can see what is going on, regardless of where they sit.

When it comes to food, The View offers 15 different menu styles, each of which champion seasonal, sustainably sourced British produce wherever possible. The team at The View have entered into a partnership with long-established catering and restaurant group Searcys, who are committed to quality and service. You can also expect your food to be paired with the finest wines and perhaps a glass of Searcy’s very own Cuvee Champagne.

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££££ - Over £80
Fine dining

The Library at The Royal College of Surgeons room options

The Library

The Library

90 seated capacity | 163m² room size

The Library is a grade 2 listed part of the Royal College of Surgeons, dating back to the early 19th century. This historical space on the first floor features the Library and Erasmus Wilson Room. The Lumley Library, as well as an evening event space is also a fully functioning library. By the close of the 19th century, it was widely recognised that The Royal College of Surgeons possessed one of the finest medical science library collections in Europe. This enchanting space offers a beautiful backdrop for private dinners, evening receptions and weddings.

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The Erasmus Wilson

The Erasmus Wilson

The adjoining Ersasmus Wilson Room is included in the hire of The Library. A perfect smaller room to host guests for their arrival drinks before a seated dinner, or for use as a separate breakout space.

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Location for The Library at The Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3PE

020 7869 6703


Testimonials For The Library at The Royal College of Surgeons

Food was delicious and beautifully presentedJUNE, 2023

A really lovely venue with an amazing staircase and gorgeous paintings. Staff were very friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The Champagne was very tasty! It was a wonderful event and we wouldn't hesitate to come back.

Michelle Jones

Great successFEBRUARY, 2023

I just wanted to feedback that we really enjoyed the event last night. The team were all really helpful and great to work with. The guests commented on the friendliness of the service too. The room was set up great and didn’t feel too empty either even though we only had 20 guests! Overall the event was a great success and thank you again for all your help, we really appreciate it.

Angela H MS Society

HUGE thank youFEBRUARY, 2023

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to you, and your lovely team. We couldn’t have felt in safer hands! Honestly, this event is important for us, and you all made it easy and far less stressful than it could have been. Everything worked like a dream, and we are very grateful. Our guests were unanimously impressed by your incredible venue, the food, drink, and the entire team. Please thank everyone for their hard work, courtesy, and for always being there when we needed them!

Nikki Skinner SES Exploration

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