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Summer Science Exhibition 2018 | Monday 2 July - Sunday 8 July | London

Visitor information

The Summer Science Exhibition is an annual display of the most cutting-edge science and technology in the UK. This free, week-long festival features 22 exhibits and a series of inspiring talks and activities for all ages. Meet the scientists, discover the exciting research and technology they work on and have fun with great hands-on activities.

The exhibition is suitable for all ages, entry is free, no advance registration required. School groups need to register in advance, visit our schools and colleges page for more information.

Opening hours

Date Opening hours
Monday 2 July   11am - 6pm
Tuesday 3 July
Summer Science Exhibition Lates (adults only)
10am - 4pm
6pm - 10pm
Wednesday 4 July 10am - 4.30pm
Thursday 5 July 10am - 4.30pm
Friday 6 July 10am - 7pm
Saturday 7 July 10am - 6pm
Sunday 8 July 10am - 6pm


Please note: Security checks including metal detector gates and random bag searches will be in operation during the course of the exhibition. There can be queues to enter the building and pass through security, particularly during the weekend. You may wish to think about any luggage or bags you plan to bring to the exhibition, to help our security team speed up the checking process. 

If you are planning to attend a talk or activity, please ensure that you leave enough time to queue for entrance to the building as well as the talk.

Pride Festival

The Pride in London Festival will be taking place on Saturday 7 July, and as a result many roads will be closed and general travel disrupted around the Piccadilly area. Please plan your journey carefully and for more information, including the route of the parade, visit the Pride in London website.  

How to get here

Please visit our dedicated page for venue details and transport options. Accessibility information can be found below.

We advise consulting TfL to take into account any closures before travelling to see how this affects your route to the Society.

Food and drink

Take a break at our special pop-up café, situated on our covered terrace on the ground floor. The café offers a selection of hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, cakes and a range of hot and cold beverages.

The café is open throughout the exhibition and closes 30 minutes before closing time each day.

Please note that the café is not wheelchair accessible, please speak to a member of staff if you would like to purchase food from the café.


The building

The entrance to the exhibition is via five steps with a hand rail. Wheelchair users, or those unable to use the stairs, can gain access to the building via a platform lift, which will need to be operated by a member of staff. Please inform a member of staff when you arrive if you need to use the lift. Once inside, all of the exhibits can be reached without using steps. 

The terrace café is not wheelchair accessible. If you would like to purchase food or drink from the café please speak to a member of staff.

If you need dedicated space at a talk or activity for an accessibility reason, please contact us in advance so that we can ensure it is reserved for you. We also have an adult wheelchair which can be booked in advance by contacting us at


Due to restrictions on our capacity we may need to hold people in a queue at very busy periods. If you are unable to queue please inform us when you arrive and we will make alternative arrangements. 

Portable hearing loops

Free portable hearing loops will be available on demand. If you would like to make use of this service, please speak to a member of staff at the information desk on your arrival at the exhibition.

Portable seats

Free portable seats will be available on demand. If you would like to make use of this service, please speak to a member of staff at the Information Desk on your arrival at the exhibition.

Blue Badge holders

There are a limited number of parking spaces opposite the building forecourt, on the opposite side of the road. These spaces may be booked in advance by visitors with a Blue Badge disabled parking permit. Please book in advance by contacting

Young children

There are baby changing facilities in the basement and on the ground floor of the building, in both the male and female toilets. Buggy parking space is also available on the ground floor.


An unstaffed cloakroom is available on the basement floor.

Diversity monitoring

During the exhibition you may be asked to complete a monitoring form. The Royal Society aims to have an inclusive environment for everyone engaged in the organisation’s work and completing this monitoring form will help us achieve this.

Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence, and all data disclosed will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. Find out more about the equality, diversity and inclusion work of the Royal Society.


If you have any questions in advance of your visit, please contact the public engagement team on 020 7451 2582 or at

For schools or colleges, visit our schools and colleges page, or contact

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