Following careful consideration of the current course of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Royal Society has made the decision to implement a closure of our buildings to Fellows, staff, conferencing clients and other visitors. They will remain closed until further notice.
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG
+44 207 451 2500
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Most of our public events are run on a first come first served basis. Doors do not open until a specified time before the event is scheduled to start - if you arrive earlier than this then you may have to queue outside the building.
Admittance to scientific meetings is only for attendees who have registered online in advance. Please note the Society reserves the right to exclude anyone at its discretion.
For information about visiting our Summer Science Exhibition, please see the Plan your visit page.
Public transport links
Underground stations: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus
Bus routes: 12, 13, 15 and 453.
Coach station: Connections from Victoria coach station
Car and coach parking
We are located within the congestion charge zone. On-street parking on Carlton House Terrace and Waterloo Place is available for up to four hours, for £3.30 - £4.40 per hour. Westminster City Council's Trafalgar Square car park is also close by.
Chartered coaches are able to drop off and pick up in front of the building but are unable to park. There are several coach parks nearby.
There are cycle racks along Carlton House Terrace on either side of the Duke of York monument.
There are four steps from street level to the doorway. There is a wheelchair lift at the entrance which is operable by reception staff. Please use the buzzer to the right of the entrance steps.
If you would like a wheelchair space at an event, please contact us in advance so that we can ensure it is reserved for you, and arrive at least twenty minutes before the start of the event.
For our public events that operate on a first-come first-served basis, we have a limited number of bookable seats for people with impaired mobility who would be unable to queue. Please contact us to book in advance so that we can ensure a seat is available, and arrive at least twenty minutes before the start of the event.
There are a limited number of parking spaces immediately outside the front door which may be booked in advance by visitors with a Blue Badge disabled parking permit.
The main lecture hall has a hearing induction loop which can be accessed by switching hearing aids to the 'T' position. Sitting towards the side of the room ensures the best performance. For some evening events we also arrange an overflow room, which usually has either a hearing induction loop or an IR loop with headsets.
There are accessible toilets on the ground floor behind the reception area and in the basement.
Recording and photography
We ask that you do not take photographs or make recordings in our building.
We usually make audio or video recordings of our events and by attending an event you consent to this recording and subsequent broadcast or reproduction.
The main toilets are in the basement (accessible by lift). There are accessible toilets on the ground floor behind the reception area and in the basement.
There are baby changing facilities in the female toilet in the basement and in the accessible toilet behind reception.