The Royal Institution

London, United Kingdom


  • 21 Albemarle Street
  • London
  • England
  • W1S 4BS
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm (excluding public holidays)

Please note there may be limited access to the building if private events are taking place. Please call ahead (+44 (0)20 7409 2992) of your visit to avoid disappointment.

Travel Information

Tube / Metro: The closest tube station to the Royal Institution is Green Park on the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. The Royal Institution is a five minute walk from the station. Also within a ten minute walking distance is Piccadilly Circus tube station, on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines, or Oxford Circus tube station on the Victoria, Central and Bakerloo lines.
Bus: There are numerous bus stops along Piccadilly which runs along the entrance to Albemarle Street. Bus numbers: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38


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The Royal Institution (Ri) was established in 1799 with the purpose of ‘diffusing science for the common purposes of life’. Over 200 years on, we’re an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. We do this via our inspiring science Ri Channel, public programmes and education initiatives for young people, the Faraday Museum, history of science activities, and the famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES®.

At our Albemarle Street home in Mayfair, scientists such Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall and George Porter discovered 10 chemical elements, won 14 Nobel Prizes, made world-changing discoveries in the laws of electromagnetism and molecular biology, and pioneered public science lectures and science events for children.

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