The RIBA

Visit 66 Portland Place

We welcome everyone to the London base of the RIBA at 66 Portland Place - the building is open for all to enjoy.

Map & directions About 66 Portland Place
Opening hours Guided tours

New Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place 

Our new state-of-the-art gallery showcases our world-class collections, bringing some of the four million items to life through free exhibitions that explore the past, present and future of architecture.

The gallery was opened by six of the biggest names in architecture - Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Terry Farrell, Michael and Patty Hopkins - on 12 February 2014.

The Architecture Gallery launches with the exhibition The Brits Who Built The Modern World with is open Monday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm. 

 

 

Carmody Groarke RIBA Internal View

Image: Carmody Groarke

 Your visit

In addition to the architecture and decoration you'll also find galleries with exhibitions covering many angles of building design, an inviting bookshop, the incredible Library and, in our restaurant, café and bar (to minimise disturbance to our visitors and guests during our building work, the first floor restaurant and cafe are currently closed. The ground floor café bar remains open), some great places to meet, eat and drink. Rooms - from small meeting rooms to grand halls - can also be hired for functions, conferences or seminars.

Bank holidays

The RIBA is always closed Easter weekend, between Christmas and New Year and all bank holidays. Please phone ahead if you are unsure of opening times.

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About 66 Portland Place

Opened in 1934, the building's design was the result of a competition winning entry by the architect George Grey Wornum. With its rich applied decoration and sculpture, it is a classic and stunning example of early 1930s Art Deco architecture. You can discover more about this amazing building by downloading our free guide (360kB). Why not print it out and bring it with you when you visit?


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Guided tours: Discover the elegance of Art Deco architecture at 66 Portland Place

Secrets of 66 - Guided Tours

Over the course of an hour your group will take in the building’s fascinating history, stunning 1930s Art Deco Architecture and unravel curious stories with our dedicated Tour Guides. Pitched to your group, these tours are a perfect activity for everyone from seasoned architects and design professionals to lifelong learning groups and those with an interest in London’s rich and diverse history.

Guided Tours +highlights from the British Architectural Library’s collections

If you have a little more time, why not combine a Guided Tour with an additional look at highlights from the British Architectural Library’s world-class collections based at 66 Portland Place. The collections contain rare items from the 1400s to the present day spanning the world and covering a host of subjects, so no matter what your interest, this session will captivate.

Rates: Guided Tours are £8+vat per person; Guided Tour + Collections Highlights is £15+vat per person. Both options are available Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (Tuesdays 10am-7pm). Maximum group size is 20.

Please contact library.education@riba.org for enquires and bookings.

A free building tour for the public takes place as part of Last Tuesdays, a series of special evening events held exhibition season at 66 Portland Place. Spaces for this public tour are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. Any groups of five or more should book a guided tour in advance by contacting library.education@riba.org.

Opening hours


66 Portland Place will be closed over the Easter weekend - 18 April (Good Friday) - 21 April (Easter Monday) 2014.


Ground floor 

Architecture Gallery

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Bookshop*

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

RIBA Bar

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8am - 7pm
Tuesday 8am - 9pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm 

1st Floor

RIBA Restaurant

Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm: includes breakfast (10am – 12am), lunch (12am – 2pm) and afternoon tea (2pm – 3.30pm)

Gallery

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

3rd Floor

British Architectural Library

The Library is closed Sunday, Monday and Thursday, for more details see opening hours.

The British Architectural Library is open to members, and to non-members, on production of proof of identity e.g. passport, driving licence, student university ID card. 

 

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