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Lecture Theatre & Lower Library at

The Geological Society

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Located on the ground floor, the Lecture Theatre and Lower Library provides an inviting setting for conferences.

The Theatre was refurbished with help from the Society's Petroleum Group in 1999, and then again for the Bicentenary in 2007. It was named the Janet Watson Lecture Theatre in 2009, in honour of Professor Janet Vida Watson FRS (1923-1985), of Imperial College London, the Society's first woman President (1982-1984).

The Lower Library was originally the Society's Main Library. It is now mainly to store foreign periodicals and is used for social gatherings and for refreshments.


  • Wifi
  • Audio
  • AV
  • Video recording
  • Air conditioning
  • AV equipment
  • AV Technician
  • Catering
  • Entertainment
  • Florist
  • Lecture theatre
  • Lighting
  • Meeting rooms

 Food And Drink

  • Professional Kitchen
  • Halal Catering
  • Kosher Catering
  • Recommended catering list available
  • Recommended caterers only


  • Licensed until 11pm


  • 50 Dining
  • 150 Reception
  • 172 Theatre


  • Art Exhibitions
  • Pop-Ups
  • Promoters
  • Ticketed events
  • Amplified Events
  • Own Music/ DJ Equipment
  • Weddings
  • Events with Alcohol


  • 172ft2 (16m2)
  • Ceiling height 8ft (2.4m)
  • Disabled Access
  • The Geological Society
  • Burlington House
  • Piccadilly London
  • London
  • W1J 0BG

More about 

Founded in 1807 by 13 gentlemen over dinner. The Geological Society is the oldest national Geological Society in the world.

The Society has resided in Burlington House, which is a Grade II listed building in the heart of Central London, since 1874.

The Geological Society setting and facilities provides a stunning and welcoming environment for day time conferences, meetings and events, receptions and intimate dinners.

With a 172 seat lecture theatre. Lower Library and a number of smaller meeting rooms, we will have the perfect space to meet your event requirements.

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