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Visit us

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.  

We will be reopening to visitors from 10 January 2022. To make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible, we’ve made a few changes (see below) and you will need to pre-book a ticket to visit the museum.

COVID-19 and visitor access

Last updated: 26 November 2021

We look forward to welcoming you back to the RCP Museum from 10 January 2022.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have made a few changes, and you will now need to pre-book a timed entry ticket before your visit. On arrival please sign in at our reception desk where you will be given directions and details of available rooms and exhibitions, and will be given a visitor badge.

Visits will be free for up to 5 people at a time. For groups of 6+, please get in touch at history@rcp.ac.uk   

Pre-book your ticket

Some of the COVID measures that will be in place at the museum:

We have

  • Limits on the number of visitors each day.
  • An NHS Track & Trace QR code where you can check in to our venue at reception.
  • Hygiene stations located throughout the building. 
  • Thermal scanners to check your temperature at the entrance.
  • Staff taking lateral flow tests regularly before coming onsite.

We ask that you:

  • Wear a protective face mask or covering whilst inside the building.
  • Allow space between you and other people so everyone can feel comfortable.
  • Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation and if anything changes that would effect our reopening date we will send an update straight away.

Find out more about our facilities and access

RCP and COVID-19 

As a leading health organisation aimed at improving patient care and preventing disease worldwide, the RCP is committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19. See our pages on the RCP and COVID-19 

 

 

Getting here

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is located at 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE. 

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                                          The front of the RCP building © RCP

BY UNDERGROUND 
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).

BY BIKE
The RCP has bicycle stands for guests. Cycle hire docking stations are located nearby on Longford Street and Bolsover Street.

BY TRAIN
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).

BY BUS
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). 

BY CAR
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

Visitors to the RCP MuseumFrom January 10, 2022 the RCP Museum and exhibition will be open once again.

The RCP museum and gardens will usually be open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm and until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month* at our Museum Lates. Visitors must pre-book a timed entry ticket before visiting.

Pre-book your ticket

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 or attend one of our monthly free taster tours. 

2022 Closure days 

The RCP is closed on public bank holidays and certain days throughout the year that will be listed here when confirmed. 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 at history@rcp.ac.uk. 

*Dates can vary, please check the What's on page for forthcoming dates.

Research visits

For more information on how to access our library collections, the available museum services or accessing archive, museum or library materials for research purposes, please visit our services

Spaces

Lower ground

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.  

Ground floor

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. 

 

Spaces
                                                                                               RCP building © RCP photography credit Nick Rochowski

First floor 

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. 

Second floor

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.