A spectacularly breathtaking room. Natural light from the domed glass ceiling illuminates the celebrated paintings, which include The Progress of Human Knowledge, by James Barry. Ideal for larger conferences, dinners and award ceremonies. Capacity: up to 200.
Benjamin Franklin Room
RSA House Benjamin Franklin Room
The Benjamin Franklin Room is a spacious and elegant ground floor event room, providing a modern and contemporary twist in a venue full of history.
This space is ideal for drinks receptions, meeting catering, dinners, product launches, and wedding ceremonies. It is also often used as crowd holding for location filming.
The large window floods the room with natural daylight and provides views of the Strand. The dramatic Troika chandelier is the room's focal point and reflects stunning geometric patterns onto the ceiling.
- Reception: 150
- Theatre: 100
- Dinner: 90
- Cabaret: 48
- U-shape: 36
- Boardroom: 35
About hiring this space
The magnificent Benjamin Franklin room works hand in hand with the Great Room above it, providing an ideal catering area or breakout room for conferences and reception space for dinners. The room can also be hired individually for stand-alone events such as receptions, dinners, product launches, large meetings, and filming. Conveniently located on the ground floor, this room is near to the reception and cloakroom facilities.
The Benjamin Franklin Room features a built-in sound system with world-leading Meyer Sound loudspeakers, ideal for background music during drinks receptions. The venue’s up-lighters, when positioned around the pillars of the room, add a dramatic look and can transform the atmosphere of any event. Additional audio-visual equipment can be arranged through our team.
Did you know?
This room 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.
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