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Venue hire: The Geological Society of London, Burlington House

Janet Watson Lecture Theatre

Janet Watson Lecture Theatre

Our 172-seat lecture theatre provides a full range of audio-visual facilities.

Council Room

Council Room

Located on the first floor, the elegant Council Room can accommodate 25 people boardroom style or 30 people for a sit-down meal.

Arthur Holmes Room

Arthur Holmes Room

Located on the ground floor, the Arthur Holmes Room provides a versatile space for a meeting for 14-16 boardroom style, or an intimate private dinner for 12.

William Buckland Room

William Buckland Room

Located on the lower ground floor, the William Buckland Room is an intimate space surrounded by glass cases of leather-bound books, and can accommodate 13 people seated boardroom.

Lower Library

Lower Library

The Lower Library provides a spacious and airy break-out room for the Lecture Theatre and can also be used for post-conference catered receptions and seated dinners.

Covid-19 Event Update (Venue Hire)

We are pleased to announce that Burlington House is now planning to reopen for in-person and hybrid venue hire from January 2022.

From October-December 2021, we will be servicing confirmed internal events with reduced capacities. 

As we welcome you back, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our event guests, organisers, suppliers and staff, so we’ve introduced a number of measures across the building to help everyone remain safe while they’re here.

These measures have been outlined in our Covid-19 venue hire information document.

In addition we are requesting all attendees adhere to our Attendee code of behaviour.

We are also delighted to have achieved the We’re Good To Go status from Visit England. This accreditation recognises the measures we have put in place to ensure that our site is safe for all visitors and that is following and will continue to follow, the latest government guidance.

If you have any questions or would like to make an enquiry please email venuehire@geolsoc.org.uk
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Prestigious venue hire in the heart of Mayfair.

Founded in 1807, the Geological Society is the oldest national geological society in the world.

The Society has resided in Burlington House in central London since 1874. This beautiful, Grade II*-listed venue provides a unique and welcoming environment for conferences, meeting and events, receptions and intimate dinners.

Alongside our contemporary conference facilities, which includes a 172-seat lecture theatre, we offer all guests complimentary WiFi and a dedicated in-house facilities team who will provide audio-visual support throughout your event.

Event catering is provided exclusively by City Dining who work with the very best local suppliers to provide a range of menus, from light lunches to fine dining options, with wine pairing as well as gluten free and vegan-friendly choices.

Your event will help support the Geological Society as a not-for-profit organisation and our ongoing commitment to the Earth sciences.

Contact us

For further information about venue hire for a conference or event, please contact our Venue Hire Team via 020 7432 0982 or venuehire@geolsoc.org.uk.

Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form.

Media enquiries

For further information about media use of our venue, please contact Alicia Newton, Director of Science & Communications, via 020 7432 0976 or alicia.newton@geolsoc.org.uk.

Lecture Theatre

Janet Watson Lecture Theatre

The 172-seat lecture theatre provides a full range of audio-visual facilities under the direction of a projectionist included in the hire cost.

Capacity: Theatre Boardroom U-Shape Reception Dinner
172 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Lower Library

Lower Library

The Lower Library provides a spacious and airy break-out room for the Lecture Theatre, and is used for refreshment breaks, lunches, dinners and receptions.

Capacity: Theatre Boardroom U-Shape Reception Dinner
n/a n/a n/a 172 Please enquire
Council Room

Council Room

The elegant Council Room located on the first floor has plenty of natural daylight, and is fully air-conditioned. It can accommodate 25 people boardroom style or 30 people for a seated lunch or formal dinner.

Capacity: Theatre Boardroom U-Shape Reception Dinner
n/a 25 n/a 35 30
Arthur Holmes Room

Arthur Holmes Room

Located on the ground floor, the Arthur Holmes Room provides a versatile space for a meeting for 14-16 boardroom style, or an intimate private dinner for 12.

Capacity: Theatre Boardroom U-Shape Reception Dinner
n/a 14-16 n/a n/a 14
William Buckland Room

William Buckland Room

Located on the lower ground floor, the William Buckland Room is an intimate space surrounded by glass cases of leather-bound books, and can accommodate 13 people seated boardroom.

Capacity: Theatre Boardroom U-Shape Reception Dinner
n/a 12 n/a n/a n/a