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Beautiful Rooms - The Library, Royal Institution Venue

Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:30

On the first floor of our elegant Mayfair venue at the top of the Grand Staircase and looking out on to Albemarle street, is the Library. With booklined walls, busts and chandeliers the Library is a quintessentially period space designed to facilitate discussion and debate.

While it is currently a large space perfect for receptions, presentations or filming it may surprise you to learn that the Library was once two separate reading rooms. The circular mirror above the Library fireplace predates these modifications and has remained in place since the Royal Institution commissioned it in 1802 and has never been removed even during the 2006 – 2008 renovation project! Even the carpet relates to the scientific work of the Royal Institution, the delicate swirling pattern is in fact a representation of Faraday’s lines of force experiment. This experiment was designed to demonstrate the existence of an invisible magnetic field by using iron filings.

Image credit: Matt Chung

The Library has hosted to a variety of clients including Stella McCartney, London College of Fashion, Whizz Kids for London Marathon, London Tech Week, Fortnum and Mason and many others. The Library is a versatile space that can be transformed for any event whether that’s a corporate away day or luxury private dinners. The Library is one of the Royal Institution’s licenced wedding spaces available for cosy intimate weddings in the heart of Mayfair. It is even possible to hire the Library as a filming venue.

With its booklined walls, period features and prominent location, the Library at the Royal Institution venue is first choice for Central London private hire.

Image credit: Matt Chung

Contact the events team to discuss your future events: venuehire@ri.ac.uk