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Royal Institute of British Architects

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Beautiful Art Deco Interiors

Take a walk around the lower floors of the RIBA headquarters to enjoy its wonderfully preserved Art... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Wendell D
New York City, New York
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Great building with terrific libray, exhibitions, bookshop, cafe and more

The RIBA, founded in 1834, moved to this building, at 66 Portland Place, in 1934. It was designed... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Ruth K
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Take a walk around the lower floors of the RIBA headquarters to enjoy its wonderfully preserved Art Deco interiors. The ground floor bookstore offers a wide selection of publications and the stunning library upstairs is a well-stocked gem of a space for research. We had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wendell D
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Went here to see the 'disappear here' exhibition on perspective drawing. It was good, interesting and impressive, but from the adverts I imagined it to be a little bit more interactive, like where you could step into illusions and take a picture or something. But...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

The RIBA, founded in 1834, moved to this building, at 66 Portland Place, in 1934. It was designed by George Grey Wornum. .It is a wonderful art deco building (Grade !!*) which houses the outstanding British Architectural Library (freely open to all), an exhibition gallery,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ruth K
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Handy venue from Euston. Went to seminar here. Staff greeted you in the entrance hall and directed downstairs to cloakroom. Then back upstairs chance to admire the beautiful staircases ! Coffee and networking room very spacious and quite a number of tables. Lots of pastries...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

The building is the best part of the visit. Two displays on view in Nov 2017 both lifeless collections of drawings covering only two styles. No models of great buildings, no history. RIBA Members should complain.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Did you know you can visit the RIBA building and wander round for free? Anybody welcome. It is quite stunning. Wonderful library. Various exhibits. There is also a cafe and a souvenir shop. Go for it!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Janet S
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Had a very pleasant coffee in an oasis of calm, close to Oxford Street, but far enough away from the traffic and crowds. We sat in the first floor restaurant. Helpful staff. Stylish surroundings. In addition, there are regular exhibitions of interest, and a very...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Nigel D
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

I'm not sure like me, you end up grabbing coffee between meetings in one of the usual chains of coffee shops or often thinking about places to meet for an informal business meeting. Then look no further. The RIBA building is an ideal space, with...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Very impressive and representatives interiors. Inside you will find a small cafe and a bookstore, where you will find a large number of books on architecture and construction.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank David G
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The RIBA book shop is extensive. The Restaurant upstairs is elegant nouvelle cuisine. The ceilings are high and the windows tall - even a little room on the roof terrace in the summer. Take time to catch their ever changing selection of architectural exhibits.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Nicole G
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Response from Ruth K | Reviewed this property |
Best is probably Heathrow Airport, second best Gatwick. Do check out minicabs which will meet you on arrival. I use SimplyAirports (available online).