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Last update: July 2023
Located in Covent Garden in West Central London, RSA House is a stunning manor venue that hosts weddings. Thanks to its central location and easy access to transport, this property boasts a convenient setting for engaged couples throughout the whole of England. This Georgian townhouse is a Grade-1 listed property and has been carefully renovated to provide modern amenities while retaining its aura of refined splendour.
Facilities and Capacity
RSA House provides a stunning backdrop to both ceremonies and receptions. Couples and their guests are sure to be delighted as they explore this spectacular property, with corridors filled with art and the aura of its rich history. The venue boasts a choice of elegant event spaces to suit the style of any couple. The Benjamin Franklin room can accommodate up to 100 guests for receptions. Boasting high ceilings embellished with a Troika chandelier, this room overlooks The Strand, providing a truly remarkable view as day turns to dusk. Couples who are hosting a larger event might prefer The Great Room, which can accommodate up to 200 people for ceremonies. This room is covered with incredible artwork and was the space where the celebrated Alexander Graham Bell first tested the telephone. Contemporary couples might opt to celebrate their day in The Vaults, which were once used as the building's wine cellar. This space features arched ceilings and exposed brick walls and offers a remarkable illustration of modern style in a historical setting.
RSA House offers event planning services to assist couples throughout their journey. This dedicated team of staff will ensure that every detail is taken care of, and can recommend a number of trusted and reliable vendors that they have worked with previously. From floral arrangements to photographers and entertainment, their team will work to make your dream day come to life.
Catering at your event will be provided by the talented in-house culinary team, who work with a focus on using locally-sourced ingredients from small ethical suppliers. Led by Head Chef Darren Archer, their menus change with the seasons, ensuring that every dish is crafted from the freshest ingredients possible. From fine dining options to sharing platters and breakfasts, they can elevate any style of event with their culinary creations.
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The dream Central London wedding venue
It's such an incredible building, with several different beautiful rooms that made our 12-hour day feel like a few different celebrations in one. From the beautiful original interiors upstairs - including the breathtaking Great Room where we had dinner - to the subterranean Vaults area with exposed brickwork and multiple different areas for our guests to dance, drink or relax, the perfect place to continue the party late into the night.
Our amazing event coordinator Silvia was a dream to work with. She made everything effortless for us from start to finish, and her attention to detail was flawless. Everything went without a hitch from start to finish throughout the planning process and on the day itself. She liaised with all of our suppliers (including an acoustic duo, a 7-piece band, 2x DJ acts, a karaoke booth, a photo booth, a florist and a celebrant) to ensure all the setup was coordinated on the day and we didn't need to worry about a thing. The catering provided by the venue was also excellent, and the service we and our guests received throughout the day and night from the full RSA House team was wonderful.
We couldn't recommend RSA House enough for a truly unique and special wedding celebration. We wish we could do it all again!
Brilliant wedding venue
Beautiful venue, fantastic staff, dream wedding!
The only thing to watch out for is that the linens provided as standard are quite creased - and there was no option to upgrade them, we had to pay to get different ones. Hopefully RSA change this in the future because it makes such a wonderful room (The Great Room) look a bit sloppy!
Secondly, I have to say the RSA House employees were amazing throughout. Unfortunately we don’t know most of their names but a name we do know is Amanda - who spent months helping us organise our wedding day and was there on the day itself to make sure everything ran smoothly - which it did! Everything ran to time, with minor hiccups being dealt with without fuss and the day really wasn’t stressful for us.
The catering staff on the day were brilliant, and we had multiple comments from guests (including the grouchy ones - sorry Dad) about how good the service was, how friendly and personal the servers were and we noticed this as a couple too - they weren’t remotely put out by us loitering by guests tables when they were trying to wait on them. Someone also appeared in front of us with a tray of canapés as soon as we arrived to the reception after taking photos, which was much appreciated.
When Natasha went to pick up some of our items on the following Monday morning, she was greeted by a flurry of compliments about the day, and even hugs! It’s clear that everyone involved really cares about providing a great experience in a way that you don’t see at many locations or events.
Thirdly and finally, a shout out to the chef, Darren, and his team because the food was excellent and again we had loads of compliments about it from our guests.
The only thing I would say is that the wine offered as standard in our wedding package was not very nice (in our opinion) and so we had to upgrade it, so I’d recommend that you bear that in mind when budgeting.
Overall, we couldn’t recommend RSA House any more as a beautiful venue for your special day that will wow your guests.
Elegant, Stylish Central London Venue!
We had a lot of ideas of what we didn't want in a venue (read: fussy!) but knew RSA was the one for us as soon as we saw it. The fact that there were distinct spaces for different elements of the day was a huge selling point and the exposed brick, intimate yet party-style feel of the Vaults was the real clincher! A side note probably worth mentioning- you get exclusive hire of RSA so no risk of other guests from different weddings wandering in.
Both at our tasting and on the day, the food was very good, we got a lot of compliments on our chicken main in particular. Catering for 90 odd guests with different dietary requirements is never easy but the RSA team run a slick operation.
Our main contact, Silvia Casetti, was an absolute dream to work with, super-responsive, efficient, kind and fun! Silvia even decided to repurpose some mantelpiece flowers that we had in the drinks reception for the Vaults, arranging it all so beautifully that it was such a lovely surprise when we saw it - the sign of a true professional! She was fab at dealing with not only us but my dad too, helping him surprise us during his speech with a slide show of embarrassing photos!
Thank you so much Silvia and the RSA team, it really was the most wonderful day!
Incredible venue for wedding!
Beautiful wedding venue with an amazing team
Perfect venue for a London wedding
Olivia got us through the pandemic, the shifting of dates and is having to completely change the structure of our wedding. Her patience and kindness throughout the whole process was incredible. It felt like we were her only couple because she was so on it and across every detail. It was a shame she was on holiday for our big day but Laura was incredible. Dealing with any hiccups without me even knowing, it was all amazing and without them, I would not have had the best day of my life.
RSA House is a stunning venue and honestly perfect for anyone who wants a London wedding all in one place. The character and charm was unlike any other venue that we saw- it was perfect. Also, the RSA is a charity and that, for us, was the cherry on top.
A huge thank you to every single person involved in making our day happen. It was incredible ❤️❤️
Great Wedding Venue, Staff and Food
Staff at the venue were great, from greeting all the guests, following the COVID rules to keeping us updated on what was going on next and being so calm and collected. We loved the venue from when we saw the pictures and even more when we had a chance to visit in person. We know that although we were only allowed to have an intimate wedding, the venue didn't feel too big for us. The timing of the day was slick and didn't feel like we were lingering around for too long.
The food was lovely, tasty selection of canapés just enough not to fill us up for the great dinner that we were looking forward to later that evening. The worry that we didn't have a food tasting session beforehand went out of the window once the food started coming through, we had really positive feedback and the drinks kept on flowing!
Amazing RSA House
Style, class, history - the perfect venue
But most importantly, Amanda and the team were fantastic. Through the planning process Amanda was so helpful, answering every tiny question and always taking the time to talk through ideas we had. Every interaction was pleasant, easy and she remained a calm, kind voice throughout. It truly felt like she was passionate about us having the wedding we hoped for, and every request we had was met with positivity.
The whole team were amazing on the day, every member of staff was friendly and lovely, and the service during the breakfast was second to none. Clockwork. We also received so many comments on how delicious the food was, and it truly was.
After the wedding, we had countless comments on the venue, and all our photos look striking.
The Royal Society for Arts will always be a very special place to us in the heart of an incredible city.
Thank you Amanda and the team,
Mr and Mrs Ferber
Perfect wedding venue !
Such a great London venue
The best day at the best venue.
Fantastic day at RSA House
Service was great on the day and all our guests felt very welcome and well looked after.
Overall 10/10 experience from us and we couldn’t recommend the space (the Benjamin Franklin room, great room and vaults) more or the team. Thank you!
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