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Visiting the Society

Visiting the Society map »The Society is located in Kensington at the junction of Exhibition Road and Kensington Gore.

Postal address: 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR.

Main entrance: our main entrance for visitors is through our Exhibition Road reception.

Opening hours: 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year).

Only Exhibitions in the Pavilion and visits to the Foyle Reading Room are open to the public.

The Tea Room is open to members and Fellows for lunch from 12.30pm to 1.45pm.

Please Note: The Society is a membership organisation and the building is as such not open to the public except for exhibitions in the Pavilion and other public events open to non-members. The building is open to the public as part of the Open House weekend in September each year.



South Kensington Station (Circle, District and Piccadilly Lines) - 10 to 15 minute walk up Exhibition Road (beyond the Science Museum and Imperial College).

Knightsbridge Station (Piccadilly Line) - 15 minute walk along Kensington Road.

Lancaster Gate Station (Central Line) - 15 to 20 minute walk across Hyde Park.


Several bus routes stop outside the Society:

  • 9: Hammersmith/Aldwych
  • 10: Hammersmith/King's Cross
  • 52: Willesden/Victoria
  • 360: Kensington/Elephant and Castle
  • 452: Wandsworth/Willesden


The nearest mainline railway stations are London Victoria (52 bus) and London Paddington (25 minutes walk).


Bicycles can be locked against our bike stands, located at the main entrance on Exhibition Road.

Space is limited, especially on Monday evenings when our lecture programme is running.

Bicyles are left at their owner's risk. Please make sure bicycles are secured as thieves are known to work in the area.

Alternatively, you can use the London cycle hire scheme. There are a number of docking stations within close walking distance to the Society (search using postcode SW7 2AR).


There are no motorcycle parking facilities at the Society.

There are a number of motorcycle bays near the Society (some are free, others pay-by-phone - further details on motorcycle parking is available via parkingforbikes.com, search using postcode SW7 2AR to find locations). 


There are no car parking facilities at the Society.

The Society is no longer located within central London's Congestion Charge area.

There is limited public parking in Hyde Park, although car parking restrictions operate in the area, often until late at night.


From London Heathrow, take the Piccadilly Line to South Kensington. Allow at least an hour for this journey.

Alternatively take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington, a journey of about 15 minutes.

From London Gatwick airport, take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria.

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