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Open House Online 2021


Welcome to The Royal Society at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace.

To celebrate Open House Festival 2021, we invite you to explore the very best of the Royal Society’s architecture spanning 400 years of London’s history.

Take your pick from our gallery of beauties across the Royal Society and beyond, an interactive history of Royal Society homes, an Objectivity video revealing the inside secrets of our nineteenth-century building, and a ‘do-it-yourself’ virtual walking tour, which takes in the sights of nearby historic buildings designed by our Fellows. 

We’ll be updating this page with content throughout the Open House Festival week, so please do keep checking this page to see everything we have to offer. You’ll also find Open House features on our Instagram @theroyalsociety

To find out more about the history of the Royal Society itself visit our history page. We hope you'll join us to enjoy the architecture first hand in the future. 

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Fellow Architects: A Virtual Guided Walk

Follow Library Manager Rupert Baker and visit nearby historic buildings designed by our Fellows with our virtual walking tour

A Gallery of Beauties

Explore the architectural highlights of Royal Society buildings past and present and marvel at the architectural achievements of our Fellows, both in the vicinity of St James's and further afield across London. 

To zoom in and out of history and trace our surprising architectural connections, click on the tiles to see the full image and learn more about each feature. They may take a moment to load. 

Carlton House Carlton House Eagle Moulding Eagle Moulding Crimson Drawing Room Crimson Drawing Room Embassy Door Handle Embassy Door Handle Giro's Tombstone Giro's Tombstone Painted Ceiling Painted Ceiling Presidents' Staircase Presidents' Staircase Tercentenary Window Tercentenary Window Marble Hall Marble Hall Royal Observatory Royal Observatory Urn Design Urn Design Christopher Wren Christopher Wren London at Night, 1967 London at Night, 1967 Somerset House Somerset House Burlington House, 1664 Burlington House, 1664


Take a tour

Take a video tour through the Royal Society with our Head Librarian Keith Moore and Objectivity's Brady Haran.

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