The Royal Geographical Society

The magnificent headquarters of The Royal Geographical Society overlooking Hyde Park has hosted The Year Ahead conference since 2001.

Home to the RGS since 1830, this elegant and prestigious venue has been completely refurbished and modernised while retaining the historical ambience and unique architectural features of the buildings. It is now one of London’s foremost venues.

Located next to the Royal Albert Hall, and just a short walk from either South Kensington or Knightsbridge tube stations, this unique venue has hosted landmark speeches for nearly 200 years, including such illustrious names as Dr David Livingstone, Captain Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hillary.

The Year Ahead Conference is based in the purpose-built Ondaatje Theatre with seating for up to 750, and state-of-art audiovisual facilities.

The landscaped terrace and garden are accessible from most of the reception rooms, and delicious catering is provided for our Conference guests throughout the day.


Venue Address

Royal Geographical Society
(entrance on Exhibition Road)
1 Kensington Gore




By tube

South Kensington Station (Circle, District & Piccadilly Lines) - 10-15 minute walk up Exhibition Road.

Knightsbridge Station (Piccadilly Line) - 15 minute walk along Kensington Road.

Lancaster Gate Station (Central Line) - 15-20 minute walk across Hyde Park.


By car

The venue is located outside of the London Congestion Zone.

There is limited public parking in Hyde Park, although car parking restrictions operate. The nearest car park to the Society is a 24-hour public car park located at Kingston House, Princes Gate, SW7 1LN                                                           


By rail

The nearest mainline stations are London Victoria (52 bus) & London Paddington (25 min walk).



By bus

Several bus routes stop outside the Society including routes; 9, 10, 52, 360 & 452