Visiting the RIBA

66 Portland Place is open to the public from Monday to Saturday. There are galleries, places to eat and drink, a bookshop and a library where anyone can come to learn more about architecture. 

Entry is free.



Opening Hours

Ordinary Beauty:
The Photography of Edwin Smith
Architecture Gallery, ground floor
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (8pm on Tuesday)
Closed Sunday

Gallery visitor policy

  • Please do not touch any items on display. Even clean hands can damage surfaces
  • Please do not consume food or drink in the Gallery
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building
  • Please do not use flash  photography or  tripods. Photography  in our galleries is permitted for personal, non-commercial purposes only
  • Please do not photograph items where this is specified by the lender (clearly labelled)
  • Please do not bring in large bags or bulky items (a cloakroom is available free of charge)
  • Sketching  is permitted but the use of charcoal, pastels, permanent markers  and water colour or oil paint is not allowed in the Gallery
  • Please do not lean or place items  on top of table cases and cabinets (our cabinets are alarmed)
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London
© Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library


66 Portland Place welcomes all group and educational visits. Contact us in advance to make the most of your time with us:
Tel:+44 (0)20 7307 3699

RIBA Bookshop
Ground floor
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm 
Saturday 10am to 5pm
Closed Sunday

Ground floor
Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm
Closed Sunday

RIBA Restaurant
First floor
Monday to Friday 10am to 3.30pm

  • breakfast 10am to 12 midday 
  • lunch 12 midday to 2pm
  • afternoon tea 2pm to 3.30pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

British Architectural Library
Third floor
(Closed during August 2014, reopens Tuesday 2 September 2014)
Sunday and Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am to 8pm 
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm 
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10am to 5pm 
Saturday: 10am to 1.30pm 

Other facilities at 66 Portland place

  • baby changing facilities and disabled toilet in the basement
  • mens toilets in basement, second and sixth floors
  • ladies toilets in basement, third and fifth floors
  • lifts access to all floors 

Getting here

66 Portland Place is open to the public and is easily reached by public transport. Plan your visit using Transport for London's Journey Planner and find travel information and timetables from TFL.  



66 Portland Place 

Tel:+44 (0)20 7580 5533 



London Underground

There are several London Underground stations within walking distance of the 66 Portland Place.

Station Line
Regent's Park Bakerloo line
Great Portland St        Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines
Oxford Circus Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines
Warren Street Northern and Victoria lines


Bus stops are located on Euston Road, Great Portland Street, Marylebone Road, Portland Place and Regent Street. Buses that stop nearby include numbers:

C2, 18, 27, 30, 88, 205 and 453


There are four bicycle racks outside 66 Portland Place and more can be found nearby along Portland Place, Weymouth Street and Great Portland Street. Barclays Cycle Hire, a public bicycle sharing scheme, operates in the area. The closet docking stations are to be found along Portland Place.


On-street parking is available on Portland Place (A4021) and Weymouth Street, though some are strictly for resident permit holders only. A 24-hour car park is located in Cavendish Square. There are designated disabled parking spaces on Portland Place for Blue Badge holders. For satellite navigation systems, use postcode W1B 1AD to locate the RIBA. Please note 66 Portland Place is inside the northern boundary of the Congestion Charging zone.


There are parking spaces on Portland Place for solo motorcycles.



Please call ahead on +44 (0)20 7580 5533 before your visit to check access. 

  • guide dogs are welcome
  • step-free access, via lifts, to all the floors in the building
  • step-free access to the main entrance on Portland Place, which is accessible to wheelchairs
  • portable induction loops for those with hearing aids are available –users should ask for them at the reception of 66 Portland Place
  • a disabled toilet is located in the basement