The Royal Society

The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace
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The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

The Society plays an influential role in national and international science policy and supports developments in science, engineering and technology in a wide range of ways.

The Society is also the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and has been at the forefront of scientific enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660.

Venue Type:

Archive, Science centre

Opening hours

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Additional info

During 2010, the Royal Society is celebrating its 350th anniversary. As part of this, we are co-organising and sponsoring thousands of events across the UK with numerous partner organisations, including museums and galleries. Please see for more info.

The Society also regularly hosts public lectures, debates and library talks at its premises at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace. The vast majority are free and open to all to attend. Please see our website for more information.

Our library and archival resources are available to the public but please enquire in advance through or call us on 020 7451 2606.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Twilight science

Twilight science at the Summer Science Exhibition

  • 4 July 2016 6-10pm

Find out what alcohol and other drugs do to our brains, and why some people are more susceptible to their effects than others. Venture round the sense tent and have a whiff of some pathology perfumery, try out the tactile illusions, ultrasound your own tongue and experience audio-visual synaesthesia among other things.

Or if you’re feeling more physical than psychological why not kick off your heels and join us in the basement for a science ceilidh.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Summer Science Exhibition

Summer Science Exhibition

  • 4 July 2016 6-10pm
  • 5 July 2016 10am-9pm
  • 6 — 7 July 2016 10am-5pm
  • 8 — 10 July 2016

Join us for an exploration of cutting edge science and state of the art technology, as we host the UK’s most revolutionary research. Our free, week-long festival features 22 curated exhibits and a series of inspiring talks and activities for all ages.

Meet the scientists, discover something new and have fun with hands-on activities.

Free entry, suitable for all, no tickets required.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, no registration required


Kids’ activities at the Summer Science Exhibition

Kids’ activities at the Summer Science Exhibition

  • 9 — 10 July 2016 10am-5pm

Amazing activities, experiments and shows for children of all ages at the Summer Science Exhibition. Drop in to our Kids’ Zone where under 10s can play with banana pianos, volcano and lava lamps. Enjoy fun science shows for over 8s, from tiny microbes to massive engineering, and ugly animals in between!

Drop in any time for kids activities on 9-10 July, register on the day for our shows. Discover everything the Summer Science Exhibition has to offer on our website.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13


Free entry, no registration required


The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
Greater London


main website

350th anniversary microsite


020 7451 2500


020 7930 2170

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.