Room Hire

We have a number of unique rooms available for hire.


The Linnean Society of London offers a prestigious Mayfair venue for meetings, conferences, and lectures. Our flexible room cater for meetings of just a few people, to conferences or lectures for audiences of 100, all at highly competitive rates.

Established in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith, the Linnean Society of London was founded on the collections of Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, whose pioneering work in classification has made him one of the most important scientists in history.

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The Linnean Society is located in the beautiful courtyard of Burlington House, Piccadilly, where it houses a world-renowned collection of specimens, art and scientific literature making the Society a unique venue in the heart of London.

The newly refurbished Tower Room and Council Room are both traditional in appearance with backdrops of historic paintings relevant to the Society's history and the Tower Room also hosts two specially made cabinets which housed Linneaus' herbarium specimens during World War 2. Both rooms have views of the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts as well as Fortnum and Masons. These two rooms are set up in a boardroom layout but can be rearranged on request for a theatre style layout for cleared for receptions.

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The Meeting Room is elegant and atmospheric and is the perfect location for conferences seating 100 delegates. It is located on the ground floor and has modern audio-visual equipment as well as two slide projectors available.

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The Society's impressive Library is also available to hire in conjunction with the Meeting Room as a location for tea breaks, lunches and receptions. The Library occupies the main Piccadilly frontage and has classical pillars rising to the roof and two galleries running along the sides. Portraits and busts include various representations of Carl Linnaeus and Sir Joseph Banks and Sir James Edward Smith, founder of the Society.

Our Publications Room is found on our lower ground floor and is ideal for smaller, informal meetings of up to 6 people.

We also provide catering and our rooms are available to rent for filming.

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The Linnean Society of London is situated in the heart of the West End on the north side of Piccadilly, about halfway between Green Park and Piccadilly Underground Stations. Our entrance is the door on the left underneath the archway leading to the Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House, accessed by two small flights of steps. The Royal Academy is marked in most A-Z guides.