Come and discover the rich history of England's oldest medical college
Our archives, books, artwork and artefacts all tell the stories of physicians and their patients from the past 500 years. Situated on the east entrance of Regent's Park, the Royal College of Physicians sits within easy access of central London. Today, the headquarters houses a museum, library, seminar and lecture halls, meeting rooms, curated gardens and a banqueting suite.
COVID-19 and visitor access
Last updated: August 2020
Our library, archive and museum will remain closed for the time being while we work on a safe reopening plan and the RCP continue to support clinical efforts against Covid-19.
We are running an exciting programme of digital events throughout 2020, and you can still explore our collections and exhibitions online. Sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay up to date.
RCP and COVID-19
For more on how the RCP is responding to the coronavirus outbreak to protect its members, staff and public, see https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/rcp-and-covid-19
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is located at 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE.
If you are travelling via the underground, the nearest tube stations are Regent's Park (Bakerloo line; 4mins); Great Portland Street (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines; 4mins); Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines; 8mins).
The RCP has bicycle stands for guests. Cycle hire docking stations are located nearby on Longford Street and Bolsover Street.
If you are travelling by train to the RCP, the nearest train stations are Euston (11 mins); Marylebone (20 mins); King's Cross and St Pancras International (25 mins).
If you are travelling by bus, the nearest bus stops are Euston Road (Stop D; 6mins); Regent's Park Station (Stop B; 4mins); Albany Street (Stop C; 4 mins).
The RCP is outside the congestion charge zone. We have limited car parking spaces available for RCP members and fellows and disabled visitors which are available to book in advance. On-street parking is available in Regent's Park and there is a pre-bookable car parking facility close to the venue.
Before travelling please take a look at TfL's travel accessibility site for information on which stations, services, lifts and escalators are out of operation, how to navigate London's public transport with step-free access, and other relevant accessibility updates.
To make arrangements please phone us on +44 (0)20 3075 1200 or +44 (0)20 3075 1363 in advance of arrival. Unfortunately, spaces cannot be guaranteed.
When to visit
The RCP museum and gardens are open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month* at our Museum Lates
2020 Closure days
The RCP Museum and exhibition will be closed to public visitors on the following days in 2020:
- 7 January
- 8 April
- 26 May
- 5 June
- 1 July
- 21 July
- 28 July
- 23 September
- 29 October
- 16 December
The RCP is closed on public bank holidays. Please note that as a conference venue, some rooms may be unavailable to view on your visit. Please contact us in advance if you are travelling a long distance to see a particular room or item in the collection.
*Dates can vary, please check the What's on page for forthcoming dates.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Royal College of Physicians museum. We are a busy conference and events venue, so groups of more than six should book a guided tour.
Visiting the library, archive and museum
The library reading room, a drop-in study space located on the top floor of our main building, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm.
The Treasures room, located on the lower ground level, is a space where some of the RCP’s collection of silver and ceremonial objects, the Symons collection of medical instruments and artefacts and the Prujean chest – the only set of 17th century surgical instruments preserved in their original chest, are on display.
The ground floor of Lasdun’s modern masterpiece is home to the Council Chamber, the Censor’s Room and the Lasdun Hall. The Censor’s room is lined with Spanish oak panelling first installed in Robert Hooke’s 1675 Warwick Lane building. The panelling was taken from its original home in Warwick Lane, to its new location in Pall Mall and eventually to its current home in Regent’s Park. The Council Chamber was Lasdun’s last addition to the Regent’s park building and acted as a meditative and distinguished setting for meetings for the College Council. Lasdun Hall rests in the heart of the RCP as the most complex space within the building. A central staircase that acts as the main route to spaces throughout the building, acting both ceremonial and circulatory.
The first floor is home to the Dorchester library, the Osler and Long rooms and the first-floor gallery. The Dorchester Library is an exceptional collection of books donated to the RCP in 1680 by the Marquis of Dorchester after the RCP lost its original collection during the Great Fire of London. The collection was donated on one condition – a suitable and worthy space was built to house it. The Osler Room is a large, double height space with a gallery on two sides. It is mainly used for banquets, exam sitting and other functions. Alongside the Osler Room is the Long Room, which is used for pre-dinner drinks and other purposes. The gallery space follows the perimeter of the first floor and is where our exhibitions are held.
The drop-in study space for members, researchers and the general public is known as the Library Reading Room and is located on the top floor of the main RCP building. It is open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm and provides visitors with free wi-fi access, desktop computers and a library of available resources. The gallery space on the second floor of the building is home to a rare set of six anatomical tables that are amongst the oldest surviving human anatomy preparations in Europe.