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Visiting the Society

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

The Royal Geographical Society on Exhibition Road

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is located at:

1 Kensington Gore,
London,
SW7 2AR.

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

Our main entrance for visitors is through our Exhibition Road reception.

Public access: only Exhibitions in the Pavilion and visits to the Foyle Reading Room are open to the public.

Members access: 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 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.

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Tube

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

Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) - a 15 minute walk along Kensington Road to the Society.

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


Bus

There are several bus routes which stop outside or within the vicinity of the Society building.

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

Rail

The nearest mainline railway stations are London Victoria (you can then take the 52 bus to the Society) and London Paddington (a 25 minute walk to the Society).


Bicycle

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.

Bicycles 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).


Motorcycle

There are no motorcycle parking facilities at the Society.

There are a number of motorcycle bays near the Society. Some are free, whilst others operate pay-by-phone. Further details on motorcycle parking are available via parkingforbikes.com - search using postcode SW7 2AR to find locations.


Car

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.


Air

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

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

From London Gatwick: You can take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria.


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