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Virtual Open House


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

Each autumn we open our doors to the public for Open House Festival, but now we invite you to explore the very best of the Royal Society’s architecture spanning 400 years of London’s history, at any time of the year. 

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 19th century building, and a ‘do-it-yourself’ virtual walking tour, which takes in the sights of nearby historic buildings designed by our Fellows. 

To join us in-person to explore the history and architecture of the Royal Society, you can find all of the information about our Open House 2022 weekend here.

To find out more about the history of the Royal Society itself visit our history page.

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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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