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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 are open to visitors Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. You no longer need to pre-book your free visit for up to 5 people at a time. For groups of 6+, please get in touch at history@rcp.ac.uk.

The RCP Museum is closed on public bank holidays, the month of August for maintenance and conservation work, and for RCP major events and ceremonies, please check our 'when to visit' section below for dates before planning your visit.

Please note, if using Google Maps, it will often direct you to the back of the building, on Albany Street. There is no public access via the Albany Street entrance. Please access the building from the Regents Park side, through the RCP car park, which is accessible by foot from the Outer Circle road and from St Andrews Place.

COVID-19 and visitor access

Last updated: June 2022

We look forward to welcoming you to the RCP Museum as we are open for visitors.

You no longer need to pre-book your visit. 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   

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.

RCP and COVID-19

In the interest of your own and other attendees’ health and safety, we continue to encourage people visiting our museum to take a lateral flow test before attending. If the test is positive or you are feeling unwell, please do not to visit or attend an event at the RCP.

Our Operational standards for reopening guidelines will provide you with an overview of the measures we are putting in place to ensure your safety when visiting our venue. In addition, we have been awarded the industry standard ‘We’re Good To Go’ certification, meaning our venue has been recognised as one that can open safely and follows current government guidance.

Find out more here.

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 Museum

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. 

Everyone is welcome to visit the Royal College of Physicians museum. Visits will be free for up to 5 people at a time, groups of 6+ should book a guided tour or attend one of our monthly free taster tours. 

2022 Closure days 

The RCP Museum is closed on public bank holidays, the month of August for maintenance and conservation work, and the following days for RCP major events and ceremonies:

  • Thursday 31 March
  • Friday 1 and Wednesday 13 April
  • Tuesday 17 May
  • Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 July 
  • Friday 29 July from 12pm
  • *Thursday 7 September*
  • Wednesday 21 September
  • Wednesday 5 October
  • Monday 21 November
  • Tuesday 6 December 

Please note on the following days the Treasures Room is inaccessible due to private events, however our new exhibition 'A taste of one's own medicine' and other public areas of the building are still open to explore.

  • Wednesday 27 April
  • Wednesday - Friday 4 - 6 May
  • Wednesday 25 May
  • Thursday - Friday 9 - 10 June
  • Tuesday 21 June 
  • Wednesday 13 July
  • Tuesday 20 September
  • 12 - 13 October
  • 2 November
  • 17 November
  • 22 - 23 November
  • 25 November
  • 12 - 14 December

The exhibition space will be unavailable on the following days. Other public areas of the building and the Treasures Room are still open to explore.

  • Friday 13 May
  • Monday 16 May
  • Friday 21 October
  • Monday 24 October

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.