The Great Room is our largest space in the building playing host to awards dinners, large conferences and meetings, drinks receptions and weddings. This iconic room is fully air conditioned, with natural daylight streaming in from the glass domed ceiling. With full AV built in, this room is ideal for most event types.
The Great Room was designed by Adam as an assembly room for the Society Members' discussions and debates and as a venue for the presentation of awards and prizes.
The Great Room is dominated by the epic series of paintings "Progress of Human Knowledge and Culture" by James Barry. In 1774, ten artists including Barry, were invited to decorate the Great Room and all declined, but Barry. 24 years later the impressive sequence of six paintings were completed to display the images we still house today.
The Great Room has a high specification for in-house AV and lighting. There are 8 free standing speakers around the room which link the sound and lighting together. The stage is a permanent fixture and the optional screen measures 4 metres x 2.5 metres. Other features available in this room:
Full video recording
Did you know?
In 1877 RSA fellow Alexander Graham Bell gave one of the first practical demonstrations of his new invention, the telephone, in the Great Room. Bell was later the recipient of the Albert Medal for his groundbreaking invention.
The clock within the room is older than the building itself and was once stolen in 1980. The society found the clock wrapped up in a sleeping bag in a derelict garden in Peckham.
This spacious and elegant ground-floor room features an RSA commissioned chandelier and two original Adam fireplaces. There is a large window that runs the length of the room providing a stunning view of the Strand.
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.
We welcome visitors with additional needs and have tried to adapt our building and services to meet your requirements.
We are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please speak to a member of our team or reception for assistance with this.
Hard of hearing
Induction loops are installed in the majority of the House. Mobile loops are available for use in all other rooms.
Large print versions of our publications and menus are available on request.