Practical information for school visits

Everything you might need when preparing a visit to the Royal Institution with a school group

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    The Royal Instituiton of Great Britain
    21 Albermarle Steet
    London W1S 4BS
    +44 (0) 20 7409 2992


21 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4BS


+44 (0) 20 7409 2992

Bringing a school group to the Royal Institution

There are many reasons to bring your students to the Royal Institution, and to discover the key role that the Ri has played in the development of the modern world.

Please visit the Education pages for more information about all the activities available to your school.

School lunches

Catering for school groups can be arranged in advance with the cafe.

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 if you would like to reserve a space.

Weather-permitting, Green Park makes a very nice lunch venue and is only a 5 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 numerous bus stops along Piccadilly which runs along 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. See Parking near the Ri for schools (on the right) for more information about the nearest coach bays. Please note that 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 responsbility of teachers to ensure that they have obtained consent for their students to be filmed.

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