RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)  

 
 
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66 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1B 1NT
 
 
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RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects) The home of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, 66 Portland Place houses free exhibitions, a library, bookshop, cafe and bar. Open to the public, the Grade II* RIBA headquarters is the place to learn about architecture past, present and future - including the history of the 1930s building itself, on a guided tour. On the third floor, the RIBA Library has over four million items from 15th century books and drawings to photographs documenting architecture around the world today. A new studio and study space, made using sustainable materials where possible, and located alongside an external terrace, was revealed in 2019. With its bamboo floors, quirky orange cabinetry and drawers made from recycled yoghurt pots, the RIBA Clore Learning Centre is a playful and practical space for workshops where people of all ages can engage with architecture. In addition to the workshops, free exhibitions are staged in the first floor gallery and Architecture Gallery on the ground floor next to the cafe and bar.

 

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RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)  RIBA Clore Learning Centre, photo: Kilian O'Sullivan  

   
RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects) - RIBA Clore Learning Centre, photo: Kilian O'Sullivan

RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects) RIBA Clore Learning Centre, photo: Kilian O'Sullivan 


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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £98  26% off
Carburton Street, W1W | 3 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Located near the transport hub of Euston, and handy for shops and theatres in the West End as well for the City and the New East ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £283  30% off
1c Portland Place, W1B | 5 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
A lavish '80m refurbishment reasserts the brilliance of this Victorian hotel first opened in 1865 - the first grand hotel in London and possibly the most ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £83  21% off
130 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Historic building in trendy Fitzrovia, guests enjoy free high-speed WiFi on unlimited devices; stylish single, double, family rooms and suites; and Steak and Lobster, serving mouth-watering ... More
 
 
 
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BBC Broadcasting House
London > Attractions > Sights
2-22 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1A | 4 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
BBC HQ and home, in particular, to the BBC's famous Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House is an iconic building in Portland Place. This purpose-built broadcast centre, erected ... More
 
 
 
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Centre Point
London > Attractions > Sights
101-103 New Oxford Street, WC1A | 15 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
One of London's best known landmarks, Centre Point has been used as a navigational tool since the 1960s. Lost in Soho's back streets, ... More
 
 
 
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Speakers' Corner
London > Attractions > Sights
Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 | 18 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Not strictly classed "entertainment", this bastion of British free public speech and free assembly can prove one of the most absorbingly unique, theatrical activities the city ... More
 
 
 
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RIBA Architecture Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
66 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1B | 1 minute from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
A continuous series of exhibitions and events of architecture and design are held in this fantastic 1930s Grade II listed building. There is an architectural information ... More
 
 
 
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RIBA Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
66 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1B | 1 minute from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Opened in 2014, the RIBA Gallery - housed in the Royal Institute of British Architecture - was created by six of the ... More
 
 
 
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Regent's Place Plaza
London > Attractions >
350 Euston Road, Fitzrovia, London NW1 | 4 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Regent's Place Plaza is at the heart of Regent's Place, a 13 acre site between King's Cross and Paddington that accommodates close to 12,000 workers and ... More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Friday 4th December 2020 - 7pm
RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects), 229 Great Portland Street, W1W | 3 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
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The New Diorama Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
15-16 Triton Street, Regents Place, Fitzrovia, London NW1 | 4 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
The New Diorama Theatre is an 80-seat performance space located in central London, close to Great Portland Street, dedicated to presenting the work of theatre companies ... More
 
 
 
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Regent Street Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
309 Regent Street, Marylebone, London W1B | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
The historic Regent Street Cinema is where the first ever performance of moving images took place. Created by the Lumière brothers, the film was shown as ... More
 
 
 
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Wigmore Hall
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Built by the Bechstein piano company in 1901, this grandiose concert hall is regarded by many as London's best venue for chamber and solo performances. Wigmore ... More
 
 
 
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Choconut
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
161 Great Portland Street, W1W | 1 minute from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Personalised chocolates, created by a team led by Xavier Parcerisa, formerly Head Pastry Chef at The Goring, nuts and quality coffee are the little ... More
 
 
 
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Villandry Delicatessen
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
170 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 2 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
This wide-ranging delicatessen, (attached to the famous restaurant) is located in what once were the unpromising wastelands north of Oxford Street. As the area developed, so ... More
 
 
 
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John Frieda
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
75 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone, London W1G | 3 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
John Frieda is a big media hairdresser, with a celebrity client list to die for. Established for over 20 years, the cutting skills here are legendary. ... More
 
 
 
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RIBA Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
66 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1B | 1 minute from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
London’s architecture seamlessly blends the old and new world together, and there could not be a more appropriate place to admire this fluid magnificence than at ... More
 
 
 
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Efes 2
London > Restaurants > Turkish restaurants
175 - 177 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 1 minute from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Turkish cuisine with live Eastern music and belly dancing downstairs.... More
 
 
 
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Iberica
London > Restaurants > Spanish restaurants
195 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London W1W | 2 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
The imposing glass fronted tapas bar and Spanish food shop Iberica on Great Portland Street is a great place to share a plate of tapas in ... More
 
 
 
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La Cucina Caldesi
London > Education > Cookery Courses
118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
The Caldesi family first set up a cooking school in Giancarlo's native Tuscany. His 'Return to Tuscany' was captured by BBC cameras and dished up on ... More
 
 
 
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
 
 
 
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Chuan Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1c Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B | 5 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Chuan Spa, based at the Langham Hotel, is the ultimate in spa and wellbeing experiences. Designed to create a tranquil atmosphere to maximise relaxation, Chuan Spa ... More
 
 
 
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Fitzroy Square Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T | 6 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Fitzroy Square is one of London's finest squares and the only London square designed by Robert Adam. It is named after Charles Fitzroy, 4th Duke of ... More
 
 
 
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The London Academy of Krav Maga
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
309 Regent Street, Marylebone, London W1B | 7 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Despite several high-profile aficionados – J-Lo and Angelina Jolie included – Israel’s contribution to martial arts is still unknown to the general public. Krav Maga ... More
 
 
 
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The Albany
London > Nightlife > Pubs
240 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 2 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
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The Crown & Sceptre
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
86 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 5 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Following a refurbishment in 2014, the Crown & Sceptre in Fritzrovia has revealed a new look and an improved range of beers including London brews, seasonally ... More
 
 
 
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King & Queen
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 5 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
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The Lucky Pig
London > Nightlife > Bars
5 Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 3 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Elusive location? Check. Mismatched furniture? Check. Random antiques used for decoration? Check. And finally: an extensive cocktail list? Check. The Lucky Pig has all the elements ... More
 
 
 
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The Remedy
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
124 Cleveland Street, W1T | 4 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Tucked away behind Warren Street and just a few minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street stations, The Remedy is ... More
 
 
 
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Artesian at the Langham
London > Nightlife > Bars
Langham Hotel, 1C Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B | 5 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
Enjoy dominoes and daiquris on Mondays from 5pm or sax on Saturday nights from 8pm at one of London's most glamorous hotel cocktail bars. When the ... More
 
 
 
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28 Portland Place
London > Business > Venue Hire
28 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1B | 3 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
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The Wallace Collection
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U | 9 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
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The Sanderson Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T | 9 minutes from RIBA (Royal Institute Of British Architects)
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Beethoven 250
Beethoven 250
Concerts | Until 1st December 2020 

Wigmore Hall 7 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

December 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth and to celebrate the occasion Wigmore Hall presents its special season, ...More

 
Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes
Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes
Exhibitions | Until 13th September 2020 

Wallace Collection 9 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

In 2020, two landscapes by Peter Paul Rubens will be reunited for the first time in over two hundred years ...More

 
Romeo and Juliet
Theatre | Until 25th July 2020 

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park 10 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

Shakespeare's timeless story of star crossed lovers is played out in the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park this summer. ...More

Open Air Theatre
Open Air Theatre
Theatre | Until 19th September 2020 

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park 10 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

A mainstay of summer in London, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre opens its gates for another season of al ...More

 
On Happiness
On Happiness
Exhibitions | Until 4th October 2020 

Wellcome Collection 11 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

Turn that frown upside down and put on your happy face. The Wellcome Collection explores happy feelings in 2020. For ...More

 
Wellcome Collection: Being Human
Wellcome Collection: Being Human
Exhibitions | Until 1st September 2021 

Wellcome Collection 11 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

Replacing Medicine Now as a permanent display at the Wellcome Collection, Being Human is a free exhibition which takes a ...More

 
The Shark Is Broken
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Soho Theatre 14 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

Sonia Friedman Productions presents Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw's comedy-drama inspired by the filming of Jaws, and the period of ...More

The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt
Theatre | Until 31st October 2020 

Dominion Theatre 14 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film ...More

 
Arctic: Culture and Climate
Arctic: Culture and Climate
Exhibitions | Until 23rd August 2020 

British Museum 16 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

On of the earth's coldest regions, the Arctic and its indigenous peoples, come under the spotlight at a major British ...More

 
To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird
Theatre | Until 31st July 2020 

Gielgud Theatre 16 minutes walk from Riba (royal Institute Of British Architects)

Rhys Ifans, recently seen in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court Theatre, takes on the lead role of small-town ...More

 
 
 
 
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