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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,
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 on Exhibition Road.

Public access: Exhibitions in the Pavilion and the Foyle Reading Room are both open to the public. The remainder of the building is not accessible, with the exception of public events open to non-members. Some exhibitions are open at weekends and many public events take place in the evening; please check the Events calendar to confirm times.

Members access: Fellows and members of the Society have access to the building during opening times. To make the most of your membership please register with our website. The Members' Room is a members only space which can be used for small meetings, working remotely in comfort and relaxing for more information including opening times please click here. The Members’ Tea Room is open to members and Fellows for lunch from 12.30pm to 1.45pm.

Monday Night Lectures are open to all members, seats are offered on a first come fist saved basis and begin promptly at 6.30pm for more information on what to expect click here.

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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.


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


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).


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).


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.


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: 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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