The Coffee House & library

Coffee, food and connections. 

As well as being a place to eat and drink, The Coffee House is also place to work, collaborate and meet RSA Fellows.

Displays showcasing innovative designs, change projects, and our history make the coffeehouse an inspiring place to collaborate. Use our interactive meeting spaces, small events venue, and the RSA library. Or just join us for delicious food and drinks.

Hot drinks, softs drinks, snacks and sandwiches are available. Please note: we are no longer able to accept cash payments but accept all credit/debit card payments.

Opening hours

The Coffee House is open 5 days a week (Monday – Friday), 8:30am – 5pm.

Frequently asked questions

Can I book/reserve a table?

We do not offer table reservations in The Coffee House. There are plenty of places to sit across Levels -1 (where The Coffee House is situated), -2 and the Ground Floor, as well as dedicated meetings spaces that you can book in advance (more information further below).

Can I bring my own food and drink into RSA House?

We have a delicious range of food and drinks available to purchase at RSA House. As we are a registered charity, the purchase of your food and drinks from The Coffee House directly supports our work and charitable mission as a social change organisation. We therefore do not permit externally purchased food and drink to be consumed at RSA House.

Do I need to be an RSA Fellow to visit?

The Coffee House and other public areas of RSA House are open to the public and not restricted to RSA Fellows. All visitors who aren’t Fellows will simply be asked to sign in at Reception on arrival.

Are there spaces to work in RSA House?

There are numerous spaces where you can bring your laptop and work within RSA House on the ground floor and lower levels, including in The Coffee House. When The Coffee House is busy, the tables in this area should be prioritised for those consuming food and drink.

Can I hold a meeting in RSA House?

There are public areas in which you can hold small informal meetings, though please be respectful of others using the same space.

If you intend to have a larger meeting, consider booking one of our dedicated meeting spaces in advance:

  • You can request to book either the Dame Caroline Haslett Collaboration Room or The Steps for your meeting or event, free of charge, for up to three hours within The Coffee House’s opening hours. Please do so via this online form. Please note that due to the number of bookings received, it may take up to a week for us to respond to your request.
  • RSA House also has a selection of private meeting rooms available to hire for a half day, full day or evening, including the Long Gallery and Dr Cross Room. To find out more, please contact our Venue Sales Team at [email protected].

Spaces in The Coffee House

The Steps

A mini-amphitheatre seating up to 30 people with a screen for presentations.

Dame Caroline Haslett Collaboration Room

Whiteboard walls and display screen make a space to create new ideas.

Dr Cross Room

Rotating displays of great designs from RSA Royal Designers for Industry.

Gerard Room

Displays on change projects from Fellows around the world.

Archive Room

Filled with our history, displaying copies of documents from our archive.

Long Gallery

Features a mural on our history from the team who brought you RSA Animates.

Library

Over 6,000 books and journals. From philosophy to management, design to politics, and books from our latest event speakers you can always find a read to inspire. The RSA Library is open to all Fellows, including a freepost lending service.

RSA Library update

The library is open for Fellows and visitors to RSA House.

We are able to issue loans by post and books can be returned using our freepost service.

You can renew your books online by logging in to your library account via the library portal.

Library reservations and requests can be processed either by logging in to your library account via the library portal, or by email at [email protected].

Email [email protected] if you need help logging in or with any other questions.

RSA House Venue Hire

An inspiring venue for any occasion.

What is RSA Fellowship?

The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. We invite you to be part of this change.

RSA events

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What's on

  • Living Change: regenerative design and place

    Fellowship Event / Coffee House

    The Coffee House (RSA House) and Online via Zoom

    Learn about regenerative design through the RSA's recent projects, Leeds Fashion Futures and Design for Planet Fellowship. RSA Fellow Jenny Andersson will also join us to talk about her work as an experienced regenerative practitioner.

  • Living Change: people, place and participation

    Fellowship Event / Coffee House

    The Coffee House (RSA House) and Online via Zoom

    Learn about the RSA’s Community Assembly approach in Birmingham, and explore what it means to bring participation to the places, spaces and systems we work in.

  • Living Change: building healthier, happier places

    Fellowship Event / Coffee House

    The Coffee House (RSA House) and Online via Zoom

    Colin Briggs and Rebecca Miller from NHS Lothian in Scotland will join the RSA's Ella Firebrace and Riley Thorold to discuss our joint work engaging NHS staff and Lothian residents in moving towards healthier and happier futures for the organisation and the communities it serves.