Royal Geographical Society



As a country house in town it is unique in all London. The Society’s headquarters is a fine Norman Shaw building in his eclectic ‘Queen Anne’ style, with a gracious 1930’s extension.

Overlooking Kensington Gardens, 1 Kensington Gore was originally built in the 1870s as a private house for the Lowther family. The Society bought the house in 1912 and an extension, including the recently refurbished and renamed Ondaatje Theatre, was added in 1930 to mark the Society’s centenary.

The Society’s facilities are hugely versatile. We can host events ranging from small meetings and conferences to intimate dinner parties, large dinner dances, receptions and weddings (the baronial Hall is licensed for civil marriages). We are also a popular location for filming.

The acoustically excellent panelled Ondaatje Theatre is versatile enough for a range of activities, from lectures and chamber opera to conferences and press launches. It can accommodate 450 for a conference or 750 for an evening lecture

Max Capacity: 150 / Meeting Rooms: 11

parking facilities

  • 2 Onsite Car parking spaces available at Free Per Day
No capacities available


1 Kensington Gore,
Greater London,
SW7 2AR,
United Kingdom

nearest airports

  • London City Airport (9.6 miles)
  • London Heathrow Airport (12.2 miles)
  • London Gatwick Airport (23.8 miles)
  • nearest motorways

    • M4 JCT 1 (4.6 miles)
    • M4 JCT 2 (5.2 miles)
    • M1 JCT 1 (5.3 miles)

    nearest train station

    • London Paddington (1 miles)
    • West Brompton (1.3 miles)
    • London Victoria (1.4 miles)

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