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The Royal College of Physicians

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:30

London’s new Knowledge Quarter to drive more medical events business opportunities for The Royal College of Physicians

The launch of London’s Knowledge Quarter announced on Thursday 4th December by Chancellor George Osborne is set to drive new meetings and events opportunities for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). The RCP, which is a founding member of the Knowledge Quarter, already hosts a range of medical events for its members in addition to external associations and pharmaceutical clients. The venue anticipates a higher volume of medical events and conferences being attracted to the capital and to its venue as a result of the new initiative.

Clive Ostler, General Manager at the RCP, comments: “The launch of the Knowledge Quarter marks a significant development for London, further positioning the capital as the go-to destination for medical learning and excellence. We are confident that this new development will naturally attract the interest of medical specialists around the globe and as a result stimulate interest in holding conferences and events at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter. As a leading medical events venue, we are excited about the opportunities this brings to our conference and events arm.”

The RCP hosts medical congresses for national and international associations throughout the year, with medical and pharma business accounting for 57% of bookings at the venue thus far in 2014.

The Knowledge Quarter (KQ) is a growing partnership of 35 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations based in Kings Cross, Euston and Bloomsbury in London. KQ was launched by the Chancellor, George Osborne on Thursday 4th December at the British Library in London. The aim of the Knowledge Quarter is to make the outstanding facilities, collections and expertise of its members understood, available and used as widely as possible for the benefit of researchers, creative people, students and the local community. Further information is available at


About the RCP Meetings and Events department

The RCP Meetings and Events department operates the commercial conference arm of the Royal College of Physicians. The venue is an award winning conference and events centre in the heart of London. A unique, Grade 1 listed modernist building, the venue boasts a capacity of 10-400, making it ideal for hosting a wide spectrum of events. The venue attracts both medical and non-medical events and hosts functions ranging from large international conferences to private dinners and garden parties in its unique medicinal garden, containing over 2000 medicinal plants from around the world.

The revenue generated by the RCP Meeting and Events department helps to fund the many activities the College is involved in, in particular, improving the quality of patient care.

The RCP offers 20 event spaces, including:

  • 2 tiered auditoria- The Wolfson Lecture theatre has a capacity of 304 while the purpose built Seligman lecture theatre offers tiered seating for up to 140 delegates. Both include newly updated AV facilities, HD projection and incorporate excellent opportunities for corporate branding.
  • The stunning historic Dorchester Library, suitable for drinks receptions for up to 200 guests, dinners product launches and seminars, offers a fascinating backdrop for any event.
  • The unique Council Chamber- with its domed roof and hidden skylights is ideal for unusual and unique events

Further information on its facilities can be seen on its website

For enquiries and bookings, please contact the Meetings & Events team on 020 7034 4900, email or stay in touch via Twitter @RCPVenue.