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RSA House, The Great Room

Location pin

The RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ - 

  • Users

    Up to
    200 standing

  • Table with chairs

    Offers
    catering

  • Delivery truck

    Internal Catering
    allowed

RSA House has been home to The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and its 30,000 strong fellowship since 1774 as well as some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the past 200 years. Some notable names of past fellows you might recognise include Charles Dickens, Dame Judy Dench and Professor Stephen Hawking.

The RSA’s purpose and passion is to unite people and ideas to resolve the most pressing challenges of our time with its three current focus areas being The Future of Work, Sustainability and Education and Learning. By hosting an event at RSA House, you are directly contributing to the charity with 100% of the venue hire profits going straight back in to fund these programmes of work.

The House is situated just off the Strand and very close to Embankment Gardens and Trafalgar Square. We are very well connected with the nearest tube and mainline train stations being Charing Cross and Embankment, both less than a 5-minute walk away.

We accommodate a wide range of events at RSA House including conferences, dinners, Christmas parties, receptions, small meetings, product launches, filming, fashion shows, screenings, weddings and private dining. The House can be hired exclusively at the weekend when it is not open to the fellows or public.

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.

Capacity & layout

Standing

Standing

up to 200

Dining

Dining

up to 130

Theatre

Theatre

up to 180

Boardroom

Boardroom

up to 35

Cabaret

Cabaret

up to 80

Classroom

Classroom

up to 45

Pricing
& opening hours

Weekly schedule
  • monday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • tuesday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • wednesday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • thursday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • friday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • saturday

    0:00 - 24:00

  • sunday

    0:00 - 24:00

Price type:
  • from £7731 per day

  • from £10775 per day

  • from £10775 per day

  • from £10775 per day

  • from £7731 per day

  • from £8000 per day

  • from £8000 per day

Catering & drinks

Catering arrangements

Catering arrangements

Catering facilities

Catering facilities

Refreshments

Refreshments

Alcohol

Alcohol

Amenities

Cloakroom

Cloakroom

Disabled access

Disabled access

Heating

Heating

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

Lectern

Lectern

Natural light

Natural light

Print/Scan/Copy

Print/Scan/Copy

Stage

Stage

Table / chairs included

Table / chairs included

Tea

Tea

Public transport

Public transport

Premises parking

Premises parking

Audio & visual

Sound system

Sound system

Microphone

Microphone

Projector & screen

Projector & screen

TV screen

TV screen

Flipchart

Flipchart

WiFi

WiFi

Other

7.1 surround sound system, 20,000 lumens Professional Christie Digital HD projector and 16:9 widescreen Hybrid set up available

Space rules

Allowed events

wedding

Wedding ceremony licence

alcoholLicense

Licensed for alcohol

Location

Reviews

  • Jan Carlyle

    October 2023

    We used the Tavern room recently for a business event. The staff were really helpful, everything was set up when we arrived and the drinks menu had a good choice and selection.

  • Oksana Juzenaite

    July 2023

    Very nice quite venue for business meetings, little showrooms or conferences and etc. coffee shop, private rooms with sit down dinner or canapé style events.

  • sandeep marwah

    September 2022

    What a pleasure to be here in the most artistic environment. Every minute was worth spending. Gained a lot and also been honoured

  • Suzanne Iwai

    July 2023

    It's a strange mixture of preserved English heritage, beautiful mosaic floors, stairs, paintings and lights and modern mezzanine open tread staircases reminiscent of a scene from labyrinth. It's difficult to find your way upstairs or into the vaults without a map of where you'll end up. I prefer to come into a room from the back or middle so l can choose a discreet seat particularly when it's a large conference. If you use the lift to ascend to the Great Hall you will arrive in front of the stage area by the first few rows. That's very disorienting. Be advised as well that there are no sound buffers or soft furnishings of the kind that absorb the cacophony of accumulative noise from 102 people chatting in one room. There are some cute escape places on the lower levels like the coffee house cafe. Take 5 or ten minutes away from the hubbub to hide in here. The ladies toilets are down l level to. Mind the slope behind the outer door. There is no warning on the door. If l'd been wearing heels l would literally have been floored. It's not somewhere l'd visit on a whim. The catering co hired for the event had an interesting spread but had to function in an incredibly cramped space. I would recommend staying within 60 to 70 heads for any event held here. It's not an Autistic friendly space or for those less nimble on their feet. I still have no idea where the disabled toilet was.