Meeting Room

Meeting Room
Meeting Room

Our historic Meeting Room is the cornerstone of the Linnean Society. An important space of historical significance, where ideas and knowledge continue to be disseminated and debated.

Impress your guests by meeting at the Society that once welcomed Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace as Fellows and introduced evolution to the world. Paintings line the walls of the Meeting Room, most notably of these two key figures. Refurbished in its original neo-classical style, the Meeting Room is used for public lectures, scientific conferences, and is often used by other charities and organisations with shared interests.

At the front of the room an oak dais and desk, with Presidents chair and lectern as the focal point, lends itself well to addressing an audience of up to 80. Seating is on long benches which suits a lecture layout.

AV use generally means blackout blinds are drawn on the windows facing the street.

There are some wonderful original features in this room that form part of our Listed status.


Grand and charming room hire in central London.

  • Capacity: 80 people seated
  • Ground floor
  • Step free access to room (once inside building)
  • Guest WIFI Access
  • Options to pre-book AV facilities and / or catering (subject to additional charge)
  • Hot and cold beverages available for purchase on the day


The Meeting Room is on the ground floor just across the lobby from the main entrance.

Audio Loop System.

A lift provides step-free access to the lower ground, ground, first, and second floors. Access to the lift requires manual door opening.

A unisex accessible toilet is on the lower ground floor, with step free access via the lift. It does not require a RADAR key. Other toilet facilities are available on multiple levels.

Our historic building features six stone steps leading up to our entrance. We have a portable ramp that staff will be very happy to place to assist entry and exit from the building when a need is identified.

Our location inside a 19th century listed building presents several challenges as regards physical accessibility some of which are summarised here. We recognise that our visitors have different needs, and our staff are here to support you. If there are adjustments we can make ahead of your visit—or you have any questions about access—please do not hesitate to get in touch.