The Royal College of Physicians is the oldest and most prestigious English medical foundation, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1518. Since then, for nearly 500 years, the College has promoted the highest standards of medical practice.
In recent years, the College has created exceptional conference, meeting and banqueting facilities and is accredited to many national and international organisations such as Unique Venues of London and the International Association of Conference Centres to name a few. These facilities are enhanced by an open display of treasures and artefacts, making the College a genuinely unique venue.
The College is now in its fifth home, an elegant, award-winning, modern building, situated in a stunning setting overlooking Regent’s Park in the heart of London and caters to a range of conference, meeting, banquet and dining needs.
So next time you book our facilities for an event, not only do you benefit from our professional event management, but the revenue generated by events held here at the RCP helps us to fund the many important activities that the College is involved in, including its leading role in the delivery of high quality patient care in the UK.
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- Central London Location
Overlooking Regent’s Park, with good access to road, rail and tube.
- Magnificent conference & banqueting facilities
Tiered auditoriums, exhibition space, event and dining facilities, including the stunning Council Chamber and the "jewel in the crown" Dorchester Library.
- Award-winning Grade 1 listed modern building
With an atmosphere of space and light with a contrasting mix of old and new facilities.
- Rare Heritage Collection
With over 500 years of History and over 50 000 antiquarian books.
- High quality food and service
Eclectic cuisine, bespoke menus and first class service.
- Professional Venue for International Conferences
Member of Unique Venues of London (UVL), International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) and London and Partners to name a few.
- Private 'Medicinal Garden' for events
Filled with rare plants and flowers from all over the world, ideal for barbecues, receptions and al fresco dining.
- Professional & friendly events team
Dedicated Event Managers, catering experts and technicians. Full support before, during and after the event.
What our clients have to say
Event Date: 4th April 2017
Rooms: Seligman Theatre, Platt Room, Lower Hall, Garden and Thomas Cotton Room
Good morning Chris, Clara and your AV team,
I would just like to say a huge thank you to you all for a wonderfully smooth and successful event yesterday. We organise a lot of events across the UK and I can honestly say that this one was the best!
Right from the 9th January when I first came in to meet Chris in the pouring rain and tube strikes, where I instantly felt that our business was wanted, welcomed and reassured that we would be in safe hands, up until my parting company with the lovely Ana, it was all spot on.
Clara was excellent throughout the planning process; calm, flexible and approachable. It was clear that none of my requests, changes or updates had been missed when it came to the event – it was all in hand. It was great to be able to meet with her on Monday early evening and be introduced to Ana and Charlie to run through things in advance. This really helped.
The AV team have been great, I was in touch with Luca and Charlie on the lead up to the event who converted files, embedded videos and had everything stored ready for our event. This meant that it was all taken care of on the day, making for a seamless conference in your wonderfully-equipped auditorium. Loris and Charlie looked after us on the day, they were super professional, really friendly and approachable too. I really appreciated being able to duck in and out of the AV booth and keep an eye of presentations and timings without disturbing the proceedings. I was reassured and best of all, our Speakers were reassured.
Ana and her team were exactly what you would wish for in a front of house team, anticipating your every need before you become aware of them yourself. There was no chasing and no stress at all – I really couldn’t fault them. And my gluten-free goodies?? Well! I was super-spoiled. But best of all? I knew that we had a GF delegate who would have appreciated the attention to detail too.
Having the Thomas Cotton room next to the registration desk was a really nice touch, and so thoughtful for the staff to bring us some food in completely unrequested when a few us hid in there to eat our lunch. Thank you.
It is worth noting that I have the ability to complain. There is usually something that has been missed or something that has let the event down and caused us to discount the venue for future use, I don’t praise like this lightly, I assure you.
Thank you to the whole team who contributed towards such a great event, I look forward to working with you again in due course.
Events Organiser, RIBA Enterprises
Event Date: 30 March 2017
Client: Purple Cubed
Rooms: Dorchester Library
I just wanted to pass on my thanks for your help in hosting the HR Retail Circle Breakfast this morning.
The Library is a stunning location for a meeting and our guests were impressed by the room, the location and the service from your team.
Thanks for your help, we look forward to working with you again in the future.
Event Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Client: Foods Matter Websites
Rooms: Dorchester Library and Osler Long Room
First - LOTS of thanks to you all - you, Henry, Dean, Kim and all your lovely serving staff. The evening was, if possible, an even greater success that usual!!
The two rooms worked really well and were cosy but not as packed as I had feared. Indeed the Osler Room was positively spacious!! And we reckon that we only had about ten dropouts, which meant that when you included us, we were well up to 340. So that was all very satisfactory.
As a result, we have decided - after also talking to a number of our guests and judges - that we really do want to stay with you for next year. Where else are we going to find such a lovely, prestigious – and convenient – venue with such delightful people to work with!! So if people want to make sure they get in they will just have to book early - or pay more!!
Very many thanks as always
Event Date: 23rd & 24 March 2017
Client: Coeliac UK
Rooms: Seligman Theatre, Platt Room, Lower Hall, Thomas Cotton Room and Garden
Thanks again for hosting another great event for us. As always, the team at the RCP delivered and everyone has been very complimentary. In the coming weeks we will start to think more about next year and I will come back to you on possible dates.
Thanks again and all the best,
Event Date: 13th March 2017
Client: Blue Software
Rooms: Council Chamber
A huge massive thank you to you and your team for your help in making the BLUE User Conference a huge success for us!!! Room looked amazing on both days, clients and BLUE team were very complementary on the venue and the way the event was run. The AW equipment was excellent and Charlie was a great help, getting all of our PPTs queued up ready to go and ensuing that technically everything worked without any hiccups and Luiz…what can I say he was brilliant nothing was too much trouble.
Last of all you, your efficient event co-ordination bringing all services into alignment on the day is amazing, your cool calm attitude, availability and patience with us (or of me calling you a lot) is really appreciated and definitely rubbed off on me keeping me calm throughout the co-ordination of the event.
The event was so successful that the participants have asked for an event like this every 6 months!! Not sure I will put myself forward for the event co-ordination for this one ;-)
I will definitely be recommending the RCP and your services for future events.
Event Date: 1st March 2017
Rooms: Seligman Theatre, Platt Room and Lower Hall
Dear Clara, Cristina and Charles,
On behalf of myself and the entire team at Finalytiq, I will like to thank you very much for helping us host a very successful conference at your beautiful venue. I will like to thank Kym, she was a wonderful events manager, we could not have asked for more. I'll like to thank Charles and Fred for making the video conferencing possible and for giving us a lot of confidence in what you do. Thanks Clara for putting up with me and helping us put together a lovely event and finally Cristina, thanks for giving us the opportunity in the first place!
We found the staff very helpful and our guests have loved attending your venue. We all agree that we could not have asked for more.
Event Date: 27th February 2017
Client: Ministry of Justice
Rooms: Seligman Theatre, Platt Room and Lower Hall
Just wanted to say a big ‘Thank You’ to you and the rest of the team, including Anna, Luca and Charlie for helping make our Action Day run so smoothly yesterday. The day was an inspiring one for the attendees and many commented on how well-run and ‘slick’ the day was.
Please pass on our thanks to all who helped out in any way during the day, all of their efforts helped make it a really successful event.
Event Date: Thursday, 26th January 2017
Client: British Cardiovascular Society
Rooms: Off Site Event
BCS Board Dinner
We had a fantastic night, the food was delicious and Krys and his team were absolutely brilliant. I thought he was particularly helpful to me with the seating plan. I called this morning and spoke to Karen and I am sure she will let Krys and his team know. They were just so very professional and so very friendly at the same time!!
A great night all round and I’m getting emails this morning letting me know how much it was enjoyed by all!
PA to President and CEO
British Cardiovascular Society
Event Date: 1 & 2 February, 2016
Client: Children with Cancer
Rooms Hired: Seligman Theatre, Platt Room, Thomas Cotton Room with drinks reception in the Platt Room
I’ve been meaning to email you to say thank you for the part that you and your team played in what was an extremely successful event for us. We’ve had brilliant feedback from participants, and your team really helped the whole thing to go smoothly. In particular, Kryzstof – who was always there when we needed him, and the AV technicians who were fantastic – including helping us to try out some new voting technology at the last minute!
Event Date: 10th October 2015
Client: Hospital of St John St Elizabeth
Rooms Hired: Wolfson Theatre, Seligman Theatre, Osler Long Room, Platt Room and Thomas Cotton Room
I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you to everyone that helped us at the RCP on Saturday.
As always everyone from the time we arrived to set up on Friday afternoon until we left on Saturday was incredible helpful.
Sandro was on hand all day, pre-empting anything we needed so that it was done even before we needed to ask. Even to the point of being so thoughtful to notice I hadn’t had time for breakfast and bringing me some toast!
Henry, Charlie and the other AV guys were also fantastic all day – being able to work with such an friendly and efficient team takes so much pressure off an otherwise stressful day.
The feedback from our attendees has been great – I think it has been the most successful event of this type that we have held to date and the staff at the RCP had a huge hand in that.
Event Date: 8th October 2015
Client: Wolfson Foundation
Rooms Hired: Wolfson, Osler Long Room, Dorchester Library, Willan Room and Censors Room
Thank you very much for this invoice, which is now being processed. I also wanted to say an enormous thank you for everything you did to ensure that Thursday night’s event went so smoothly and was such a success. We are all so grateful to you and your team – please do pass on my thanks to Miguel, Henry, Czaba, Esther and everyone else who helped ensure that our guests enjoyed the evening.
Event Date: 1st October 2015
Client: Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited
Rooms Hired: Dorchester Library and Osler Long Room
My event contact at the venue gave me the 5 star treatment, I positively felt like a VIP. He was so attentive, helpful, proactive, professional, caring and willing to help. He really couldn’t do enough, he was just perfect as my team weren’t around to support me. He is an absolute asset to your venue and makes it stand out from any service I have (or haven’t!) received from any other venue. I can only hope I have another event that I can put your venue forward for.
In addition, I would also like to give my praise to our AV technician. I was extremely nervous about using the voting keypads for the first time, however, your technician was very accommodating to rehearsing the slides and keypads with me, and even helped with the technical side identifying something to improve the set up even more. He was also a pleasure to work with. You had a fantastic team, and their pride shines through.
I was also extremely impressed with the art working to my signage and making additional signs from what I had sent, they worked extremely well and looks fantastic. Something else, I would never normally expect from a venue.
Event Date: 22-23rd September 2015
Client: Orion Pharma
Rooms Hired: Wolfson Theatre, Osler and Long Room, Censors Room, Thomas Cotton Room
Once again I just wanted to say thank you so much for all you help with our meeting yesterday. It has been a resounding success! We could not have asked for more from you as the hosts and I was so well supported.
Also please pass on my thanks to Sandro – I really could not have asked for a better event co-ordinator. He looked after me so well and could not do enough for me. As I mentioned to you yesterday if the event goes ahead next year then I would like to personally request Sandro again!
The dinner was also excellent, the food was lovely and again we were very well looked after.
Event Date: 30th July 2015
Client: Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Greater London Group
Rooms Hired: Garden, Platt and Lower Hall
I just wanted to drop you a line to say what a splendid job Chris and his team did last night.
The food was amazing... and just went on and on .... I received lots of lovely comments about the food from the guests so it obviously went down very well. It was all delicious but particular favourites were the monkfish skewers, the noodle salad and the Eton Mess!
Chris was charming and very helpful. And his team were super too. And nothing was too much trouble for them. And with the delightful setting it just made a very memorable evening. Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to them.
Thank you too for all your help beforehand with all the arrangements which certainly helped to make the event run like clockwork.
In short I was very impressed by the high level of service and delicious food which far exceeded my expectations and will definitely recommend your venue to others.
Event Date: 26th June 2015
Client: Dental Foundation Conference & Northwick Park Dental Education Centre
Rooms Hired: Dorchester Library and Osler Long Room
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the staff for all of your help with the conference and the dinner! It all went wonderfully well and the effort you all put into it was amazing. I have never seen such attentive, friendly people before. I know it must have been a massive task but you pulled it off. It was such a huge pleasure.
Please pass on out thank you’s to all the staff involved. They were brilliant!
Event Date: 23rd June 2015
Client: Priory Group
Rooms Hired: Linacre Room and Lasdun Hall
Thank you for hosting our event last week. Everything went very well. This was my first time arranging an event at RC Physicians, but next time I need to arrange an event it will be my first choice. Please pass my thanks on to the other staff involved.
Event Date: 4th June 2015
Client: Cavell Nurses’ Trust
Rooms Hired: Dorchester Library, Thomas Cotton and Garden
Thank you so much for all your hard work yesterday and in the run up to yesterday’s event!
It was fantastic – guests loved the garden and it looked incredible. Miguel couldn’t have been more helpful throughout the event as were the rest of the staff. Really, really happy with how it went. The band you recommended we definitely hope to use again too!
Event Date: 3rd June 2015
Rooms Hired: Wolfson Theatre and Osler Long Room
I just wanted to say, on behalf of the Cifas team, a big thank you for you and your team’s professionalism and help before and during the conference. We’ve received many compliments on the venue and catering, and the service during the lunch and breaks was fantastic. Feedback indicates the conference was very successful and a huge part of that is down to the support we received from you and your team – so thank you.
Special thanks to Kym for running around on the day and being so responsive to any requirements and issues that came up.
And to Loris and Ashley in the AV team – they were incredibly helpful, clearly expert at their jobs, and a pleasure to work with.
Event Date: 29th May 2015
Client: University Hospital Zurich
Rooms Hired: Council Chamber
I would like to thank you again for your amazing service from the start till the very end! I have seldomly experienced such an organized and highly professional service. It has been a great please working with you and your colleagues. I would like to point out the very friendly and professional behaviour of Csoda, Marcus, the ladies at the reception and the IT specialist, and of course the great service and support you've provided us!
Thank you for everything and I'm very much hoping to working with you in the Future again.
Event Date: 29th April 2015
Client: Excitech Infrastructure
Rooms Hired: Dorchester Library and Council Chamber
Thanks for all your efforts concerning our event. I must say the catering staff were excellent, everybody was reactive to our time changes on the day and all done with a smile. Thanks to Jamie to. I must also give recognition to the sound engineer. He was excellent and a joy to work with.
Event Date: 22nd April 2015
Client: FoodS Matter Websites
Rooms Hired: Osler and Long Room
Many thanks to you both and to your wonderful team especially Kim and Ana, for yet another excellent night!
The buffet looked delicious and VERY smart, and was suitably demolished by the guests - thank you very much for taking such good care of all those precious winners, Dean. Being able to hand them over to you knowing that they would all be prepared and displayed so beautifully took a huge load of worry off my mind.
It all felt so very easy, and meant that I could largely enjoy the evening and all the smiles of the guests, so thank you very much indeed.
Thank you all so much! The RCP is such delightful place to hold a party - because of the building, because of the location but way above everything, because you and all of your staff are such delight to work with! Nothing is ever too much trouble, you put so much thought and effort into ensuring it all goes right and no matter what we ask for, it appears - or is done - almost before we have even thought of it!
And last night was up to, and way beyond, what we now expect!! The canapés, I am told, were Delicious - annoying all I got to taste were those wonderfully squirly crispy things - not sure what they were but they were great!! By the time I got to the buffet it looked as though several herds of elephants had been through - but it looked wonderful before the gannets descended – and we have already had loads of complimentary emails. So thank you again, Dean.
And thank you, Henry - we have finally got the AV sorted out!!!! The new stage, screens and sound were fab! Soooo much better than last year/the year before. Everyone could hear, everyone could see, all the people who needed to could get on the stage - what more could one ask?
And finally thank you to the floor staff - Kym and Ana were just lovely - but so were all of the other waiting staff - so please pass on our thanks to them too.
Finally - yes, Monica - 2016……. We definitely would like to come back - why on earth would we want to go anywhere else!! Indeed, we might have rebellion on our hands from our guests who now regard the RCP as where the annual ‘freefrom family get together’ happens!!
Event Date: 11th April 2015
Client: Royal Horticultural Society
Rooms Hired: Garden, Lasdun Hall, Dorchester Library and Osler Long Room
Please accept my sincere thanks for making our dinner last Saturday such a success. You and your team delivered a seamless service of the highest quality and made our evening, and its organisation, a great pleasure. It is always a joy to work with such professional people. Please pass on our thanks to Kym and the rest of the team.
We have had a huge number of positive and complimentary comments about the evening and I hope you will accept most of the credit for it! We were delighted to be involved in the conference and able to play a small part by organising the gala dinner. The RCP was an inspired venue – both modern and historical, with so much to offer as an event location.
Event Date: 27th March 2015
Client: British Society of Gastroenterology
Rooms Hired: Dorchester library and Council Chamber
I was very impressed by the service provided by the RCP. I don’t organise many events and I really felt that my hand was held through this which helped to make the event a great success. I did complete the questionnaire, I should have mentioned that Jaime was particularly helpful but at the time I couldn’t remember his name.
Thank you also for your patience with all the last minute changes setting everything up so that it all ran smoothly.
Event Date: 12th March 2015
Client: Wiley Interface
Rooms Hired: Wolfson Theatre and Osler Long
Thank you for looking after me (us) so well yesterday. The variety of lectures (including flavour of Hubris syndrome) as well as the exquisite cuisine and the awesome venue really made my day.
Event Date: 6th February 2015
Client: British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Regional Annual BSG Meeting
Rooms Hired: Seligman Theatre and Platt
Compliments for what has been described by the current British Society of Gastroenterology President Ian Forgacs as the best he has attended in 30 years of meetings !
The feedback that I have already received has been fantastic. Everyone I've spoken too so far was delighted with the organisation, venue and speakers.
Event Date: 2nd and 3rd February 2015
Client: Sea Mountain AI Travel Fraud Prevention Symposium
Rooms Hired: Council Chamber, Long Room and Lasdun Hall on 2nd February during the day and Council Chamber and Lasdun Hall on the 3rd evening
I just wanted to thank you and your staff for all your help at our event. I can speak for Aiglobal in saying that the food was great the wine even better and the staff wonderful we had great feedback from our clients.
Again many thanks for all your help. Hope to see you next year.
"When we are running a conference, we want to focus on its content and not on venue-related issues like room setup, meals, and coffee. If there is any meeting venue that allows us to focus on our events and not on the small stuff, it is the Royal College of Physicians in London. They make doing meetings much easier! And as an added bonus, the quality of the food, coffee and wines provided there are also excellent for reasonable prices.” Christopher Staab, Managing Partner, Airline Information
Event Date: 29th January 2015
Client: LAMS (RCP)
Rooms Hired: Seligman Theatre, Platt, Dorchester Library, Council Chamber, Linacre Room and Censors Room
Thanks so much for all your work on last night's Lasdun late event - the evening was a huge success with over 150 attendees in total and fantastic feedback.
Everyone was so impressed by all aspects of your team's work on the night - the porters did a superb job with a very short changeover time - getting everything absolutely spot on so quickly. The building looked amazing - with AV's lighting and lovely Censors Room table, Council Chamber and Dorchester set-ups. The bar and catering were perfect and a very big hit with the visitors! Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the night.
Event Date: 20th January 2015
Client: SCL IT Law Community
Rooms Hired: Gallery and Censors Room
Promotion: 50for50 dinner package
I just wanted to write a short note to you to thank you and your team for a superb evening and for all your help with the organisation of the event. Our guests loved the Censors Room and the food was exquisite. If you are running a similar deal in January 2016, we would be very keen to re-book.
Please thank Krzys for all his hard work and kind attention – nothing was too much trouble which made things easy and relaxed. We were all really impressed and had a lovely evening.
Event Date: Monday, 26th January 2015
Client: The Architecture Club
Rooms Hired: Dorchester Library
Just a quick note to say thank you for all your help in the build up to Architecture Club Winter Party last night, going by feed back received from club members, the night was a huge success, the service and refreshments were excellent!! Having free
reign to the different rooms and spaces was a wonderful surprise and one which was utilised. Please do pass on our thanks to Krzys and all the staff who helped make the evening such a wonderful event.
Meet our Team
Clive Ostler - Director Facilities and Event Marketing
David Parker - Meetings & Events Manager
Natacha Allen - Sales & Marketing Manager
Cristina Fantechi - Sales Manager
Chris Stockwell - Business Development Manager
Karen Palmer - Senior Account Manager
Monica Castedo-Lopez - Senior Account Manager
Becky Ramus - Account Manager
Sian Morgan - Account Manager
Jennifer Jones - Diary Manager
Sophie Duboisset - Account Manager
Sustainability and Green Credentials
The RCP is committed to reducing its impact on the environment as an organisation and supporting its fellows and members to do likewise in their workplaces. The infographic, below, highlights some of the sustainability initiatives the RCP actively participates in.
Below are more in depth descriptions of the RCP infographic initiatives:
- Passive InfraRed (PIR) technology allows us to control lighting and water usage. PIR detects movement and will switch off lights in empty rooms or activate touch-free taps in wash rooms. By using PIR in hand basins and toilets, we save 6,750 pints of water every week, (200 cubic metres per year).
- All of our office furniture is sourced from sustainable forests, and most of the reports and leaflets published by the RCP are printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper, which ensures the paper is made from managed, sustainable sources.
- We have installed four solar collectors on the roof of our guest accommodation, William Harvey House. This will supply energy for the hot water used in the heating system.
- Currently up to 75% of our kitchen waste is recycled through the RCP’s kitchen waste management system. Rotting food in landfill sites increases the amount of methane gas released into the atmosphere, but by recycling our food waste, we can help to reduce this.
- Part of the kitchen waste management system involves the use of wormeries, which has the added benefit of producing peat-free compost for the college gardens. There are nine wormeries at the RCP, situated in the Medical Garden and back car park areas. They are an environmentally-friendly way to turn kitchen waste into high quality compost and liquid feed for the garden. The worms can live up to three years, and are fed on kitchen and garden waste including teabags.
- The RCP recycles a wide range of materials: glass, paper, cardboard, batteries, CD discs, plastics, woods, metals, ink cartridges, florescent tubes, garden waste and food waste. By removing individual waste bins and providing larger mixed recycling bins in offices, we have reduced our landfill of general waste by 12 tons in one year.