Sustainability and accessibility
The RSA takes the environment very seriously. You can view our environmental policies, which are in force throughout the organisation.
Therefore RSA House strictly monitors its use of unnecessary energy, regulating air-conditioning in public spaces and ensuring lights are kept switched off when not needed. From low energy bulbs, e-brochures, recycled products, using green energy providers and a water management system; the list goes on. We also encourage our clients to think about the environmental impact of their events.
By having your event at RSA House, you will be doing your part to support sustainability.
Sustainable food philosophy
Whether patrons join us for an intimate three course dinner, a feast for hundreds, a business lunch, the café of an RSA public event, The Vaults restaurant or Gerard Bar; the philosophy behind all of our cuisine remains the same:
Provide healthy, delicious food; and ensure that it is from sources which are sustainable and ethical.
- We reduce the amount of salt in our recipes, instead flavouring with herbs and spices.
- Oil is not used excessively, and we try to use rapeseed oil which has less than half the saturated fat of olive oil
- The overuse of flour is avoided, particularly in sauces. When thickening is required we will use alternative gluten-free flour, suitable for most gluten-free diets
- Food is always simply prepared to highlight the taste and natural goodness of the ingredients
- We prepare all dishes fresh on site
- Whenever possible we use local suppliers to reduce our 'food miles' and guarantee the freshest produce, paying close attention to the seasonality of our food
- Union Hand Roasted, one of our boutique coffee suppliers, trade fairly and directly with coffee growers to maximise the profits of the farmers and ensure first pick of top quality beans
- All fish used in our menus are accepted as 'good fish' by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)
- Our fish are caught on day boats, which avoids the damaging effect that trawling has on fish stocks and the ocean floor
- All eggs are from contented, free range chickens
DDA and accessibility
We welcome visitors with special needs and have tried to adapt our building and services to meet your requirements.
The Society's house is an 18th century building which has grown over the years through the interconnection of several adjoining houses. Whilst it is possible to access all public areas in a wheelchair, there are some uneven floors, awkward corners and narrow doorways. Access to the Folkestone and Adelphi rooms is via Lift C which is unsuitable for electric wheelchairs.
There is a dedicated wheelchair ramp adjacent to the main entrance. On arrival please ring the intercom and the doors will be opened automatically.
Once inside please go to the main reception desk where you will be given further assistance in locating the rooms you require. There are two wheelchair accessible toilets, two wheelchair accessible lifts and dedicated wheelchair points in both theatres.
Should you find the manoeuvrability of your wheelchair restricted by its size we keep a narrow gauge manual wheelchair available at Reception.
A Blue Badge parking bay is available on John Adam Street opposite the entrance to the House. However from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 6.30pm, parking is restricted to a maximum 4 hour stay. Two hour parking meters are located in John Adam Street opposite the entrance to the House. Blue Badge holders are entitled to park at a meter/pay-and-display bay for an extra hour once the paid time has expired.
Hard of Hearing
A 'Deaf Alerter' paging system is attached to the main house fire alarm. If you would like to carry a pager whilst visiting the building please notify our staff at Reception.
Induction loops are installed in the following areas: Reception, Fellows' Library, Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium, Adelphi and Romney Rooms. Mobile loops are available for use in all other rooms including the Gerard Bar and Fellows' Restaurant.
A captioning service by Ai-Media UK is also available on request at events which are part of the RSA Public Events Programme. If you would like to request that an upcoming public event is captioned then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large print versions of our publications and menus are available on request.
The building is quite complicated. We provide floor plans to help visitors find their way around and staff are available to provide assistance.