The Benjamin Franklin Room is a spacious and elegant ground floor room ideal for drinks receptions, dinners, conferences and wedding ceremonies. The large window floods the room with daylight and provides a stunning view of the Strand. The dramatic Troika chandelier reflects geometric patterns on to the ceiling and the room also hosts two original Adam fireplaces.
The Benjamin Franklin Room has previously been used as a "model room" displaying award winning inventions providing our guests with that historical foundation, but with a modern and contemporary twist.
Included in the AV package:
• Sound system • Lectern with wired microphone • CD music with playback • AV technician
The Benjamin Franklin Room is fully connected to the Great Room with world leading Meyer Sound loudspeakers which may be arranged in a number of flexible ways, with up to 12 discreet mono channels of audio routed within the room, right through to full 7.1 surround sound playback.
Until the mid-19th century this was the Model Room and was used to exhibit models of prize winning inventions. It was later converted into a library and a reading room and is now a very popular event space. It was named the Benjamin Franklin Room in 1967 to mark the Society's long association with the USA. Franklin was an active member and supported the institution in its early years.
In 1946 Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Albert Medal in this room – to acknowledge his enormous contribution to progress and positive change in contemporary society.
A modern and contemporary room with a simple Adam ceiling is ideal for smaller presentations, board meetings and candlelit dinners. The room currently features a series of etchings by Chris Ofili, on loan from the Arts Council.
The Vaults offer a series of interconnecting spaces presenting a choice of secluded settings for intimate gatherings or, used as a whole, provide a spectacular backdrop to parties and product launches.