Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
1 Kensington Gore
Where to find us
Our current opening hours are outlined below, but please note that they are subject to change at short notice so please check our website for the latest information before you travel.
Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms. We do not require visitors or our team to wear face coverings, however you are welcome to wear one if you wish.
Christmas opening times
Please note that the Society will close at 4.00pm on Monday 11 December to allow all staff to attend our Christmas party.
The Society will close at 5.00pm on Friday 22 December and reopen at 10.00am on Tuesday 2 January 2024.
Foyle Reading Room
The Foyle Reading Room is open Monday to Friday. If you are planning a research visit, booking is required.
The opening times are Monday to Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm, and 2.00pm - 5.00pm (6.30pm when there is a Monday night lecture).
To make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Members’ Room is open Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 5.00pm.
Tea and coffee are available in the Members’ Room.
To book one of the small meeting pods in the Members’ Room, please email Reception email@example.com
The Exhibition Pavilion is open for drop ins, you do not need to pre-book.
The opening times are: Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 5.00pm.
The Pavilion is closed on weekends except when certain exhibitions are on.
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The Tea Room is open to Fellows and Members for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm on Monday to Friday.
The Tea Room is cashless and only card payments are accepted.
Pre-booking for in-person attendance is required for all Monday night lectures.
You are welcome to wear a mask while walking around the Society and while seated in the Ondaatje Theatre if you wish.
We live stream all of the Monday night lectures so you can watch them from wherever you are.
There is a pay bar before and after Monday night lectures. Only card payments are accepted.
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Our events, conference and training programme is a mixture of in person, online and hybrid events. Please see individual event listings for information about particular events.
To attend any event in person, you will need to have a pre-booked ticket.
You are welcome to wear a mask while walking around the Society and while seated in the event space if you wish.
There is often a pay bar before and after Society events. Only card payments are accepted.
Wheelchair spaces and an induction loop are available in the Ondaatje Theatre.
Personal assistants or carers can usually be accommodated at events (please let the event organiser know in advance).
Registered assistance dogs are welcome.
An accessible toilet is available.
Please contact us in advance of visiting if you have any queries about the Society's facilities.
South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle Lines): 11 minutes*, 0.7km
Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line): 15 minutes*, 1.0km
Gloucester Road (Piccadilly, District and Circle Lines): 17 minutes*, 1.2km
Green Park - nearest step free access from street to train (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines): 35 minutes or take bus 9 to get to the Society, 2.4km
*Approximate walking times
Paddington Railway Station (Hammersmith & City, District, Circle and Bakerloo Lines): 28 minutes*, 1.8km
Victoria Railway Station (Victoria, District and Circle Lines): 37 minutes*, 2.5km
Marylebone Railway Station (Bakerloo Line): 42 minutes*, 2.8km
*Approximate walking times
9: Exhibition Road/Royal Albert Hall (from Aldwych/Hammersmith)
23: Exhibition Road/Royal Albert Hall (from Great Western Road/Hammersmith)
52: Exhibition Road/Royal Albert Hall (from Willesden/Victoria)
452: Royal Albert Hall (from Kensal Rise/Vauxhall)
Cycle or walk
Cycling: There are a number of public bicycle racks in the area, including one (capacity: 14) on the north side of the Society's building.
Santander Cycles: Several docking stations are within walking distance, the closest one on Kensington Gore outside the Royal College of Art.
Walking: There are many appealing and accessible streets and paths leading to the Society, including through Hyde Park.