School trips to the Ri

Discover our range of activities designed to make your next school science trip one to remember.

lit up oversized display of the periodic table of elements
Image credit: The Royal Institution

Enhance the education of your students and inspire them to think more deeply about science and its place in our lives with our educational talks and workshops.

L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

Our L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC) provides a fantastic opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with scientific experiments.

Discover how LYSC can benefit your student’s learning and how to book a bespoke session for your school.

Find out more about the LYSC

Theatre talks and shows

Many of our Theatre talks are suitable for children of all ages, from key stage 2 through to key stage 5. Our adult talks are particularly suitable for sixth-form students.

We offer a free ticket for every 10 tickets bought and a concession rate for school bookings Please email to arrange the booking over the phone.

Browse our talks and events

Get in touch

If you have any questions about what talk would be best for your students, please get in touch with us at

Practical information for schools

School lunches

During events, we have limited space available for students to eat packed lunches (which cannot be eaten anywhere else in the building) and it is not always available. You must book ahead if you wish to use it, though we can't guarantee its availability.

Please call 020 7409 2952 or email us at if you would like to reserve a space.

Weather-permitting, Green Park makes a nice lunch venue and is only a five minute walk from the Ri.

How to find us

Free transport within London

You can get free travel for schools groups within London by registering with Transport for London's School Party Travel Scheme. You must register at least 14 days before the date of travel. We recommend that make a 'dry run' to the Ri if you haven't visited us before. Please make sure that you allow enough time to be with us about 20 minutes before the official start time of the event.

By tube

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.

By bus

There are many buses that run along Piccadilly, which crosses the entrance to Albemarle Street.
Bus numbers: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38

By coach

Albemarle Street is a one-way street. It is also quite narrow. Download parking near the Ri for schools for more information about the nearest coach bays.

The Ri is located within the Congestion Charging zone.


We like to film our events and our right to do so forms part of the terms of ticket purchase. Photographs or video footage of shows, which may include that of audience participants, may be used for marketing purposes on Ri communication channels or those of our partners.

It is the responsibility of teachers to ensure that they have obtained consent for their students to be filmed at our events.