The Royal Institution of Great Britain : Science Lives Here

Over the last two centuries the Ri has been home to eminent scientists whose discoveries have helped to shape the modern world. The likes of Faraday, Davy, Tyndall not only conducted their research at the Ri, but just as importantly shared this work with a wide public audience.

Today, scientists around the world are making equally ground-breaking discoveries that enrich our culture and have countless positive effects. This means that our relevance is greater than ever before – we must continue to open up the world of science and technology, not just by providing a platform for the public to gain access to credible information, but also by genuinely involving them in discovery, innovation and discussions about the future.

Young people can actively experiment in a research laboratory as well as meet leading scientists in demonstration-packed live events. Aspiring mathematicians and engineers can also take part in extended hands-on Masterclasses with specially trained experts at over 140 locations around the country.


Located in Central London, Mayfair W1

Our venue is located at 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4BS in the heart of London town and is accessible by rail, road and tube.


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 bicycle

There is parking for bicycles located around the corner from the Ri, on Bond Street.

By car

Travelling to the Ri by car is inadvisable as there is only limited and expensive parking available nearby. Please note that the Ri is located within the Congestion Charging zone. Pay and Display parking spaces are available in surrounding streets.