The Coffee House & library

Welcome to our refurbished Coffee House. All visitors are welcome.

We’re all about coffee, food and connections – so as well as a place to eat and drink, our Coffee House also offers a place to work, collaborate and meet like-minded people.

The Coffee House serves a delicious breakfast and lunch menu alongside hot drinks, softs drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Our unique history makes the Coffee House an inspiring place to be.  Our displays showcase innovative designs, change projects, and you can also book our interactive meeting spaces and visit the RSA library when you visit. Or just join us to enjoy our delicious new food and drinks menu.

London Larder Suppliers

We use produce from our very own specialist supply chain, London Larder. This is made up of a variety of ethical, organic and local suppliers. We believe that high-quality ingredients are the founding base of great menus, and that is certainly reflected in the food we source and prepare at The Coffee House

Opening hours

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

Spaces in The Coffee House

As part of our refresh within the Coffee House and level -2 spaces, we have introduced specific zones to help you have the most enjoyable experience.

Coffee House (Gerard Room), Old Archive Room

This space is for food and drink to be enjoyed therefore we request no laptop use or meetings to take place.

Long Gallery, Dame Caroline Haslett Collaboration Song, Suthers Court

Work and laptops are encouraged in this area but please be mindful of others whilst on calls.

Dr Cross, Vicky Heywood

Priority is given to those catching up over food and drink in these areas so please keep laptop use to a minimum.


Quiet Zone. Please refrain from calls and meetings in this space.

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.

Please note: we do not accept cash payments but accept all credit/debit card payments.

 We look forward to seeing you soon, if you have any queries, email [email protected]

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.

Long Gallery

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

Archive Room

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


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.

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 link. 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].

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.

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What's on

  • Private View of ASN Exhibition

    RSA Event / Coffee House / Online

    The Steps / The Coffee House / Online

    Private ASN Exhibition View - Creativity offers us a new formula for life / Creative thinking from Bogota to Rabat, Las Vegas to London, and beyond. Please join us for this fascinating event showcasing the importance of creativity in our lives. We believe that "creativity is the answer we've been looking for - now is the time to embrace and invest in it", UNCTAD.

  • Poetry Open Mic Night / The Cosmic Pumpkin

    RSA Event / Coffee House

    The Coffee House / RSA House

    A new poetry night is coming to RSA House, this one is Halloween themed.

  • Kids Cinema Club / Halloween Special / Halloweentown

    RSA Event / Coffee House

    Durham Street Auditorium / RSA House

    We're back with another kids cinema club and this time we're giving you a spooky Halloween special. We'll be showing Halloweentown in the Durham Street Auditorium.