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Visit the RCM

The Royal College of Music is one of London's most vibrant musical centres. Located in South Kensington – an important cultural quarter – we are within easy reach of local museums, parks and other attractions, as well as dining options and transport links. We are delighted to welcome music lovers, tourists and prospective students throughout the year.

   South Kensington: 0.5 miles
   Gloucester Road: 0.6 miles
   High Street Kensington: 0.8 miles

   Paddington: 1.5 miles
   Victoria: 2 miles

   Santander Cycles docking station and public cycle locking facilities adjacent to RCM

Prince Consort Road site, including main reception and concert venues

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS
+44 (0)20 7591 4300

RCM Jay Mews

39 Jay Mews
London SW7 2ES
+44 (0)20 7591 4300

Things to do

The Royal College of Music stages more than 500 events a year, featuring the world-class talents of our students and staff as well as regular visits from internationally renowned artists. Tickets for many events are free and others start from as little as £5.

We also run events, workshops and other fun activities for children, families and schools through our outreach programme, RCM Sparks.

The RCM is home to a fantastic collection of historical treasures and curiosities, which can be seen in exhibitions and digital resources curated by our museum and library.

Nearby are the renowned museums of Exhibition Road: the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The RCM is a member of 16 local cultural institutions such as these, providing a thrilling range of activities across the arts and sciences for all ages to enjoy.

We ask for everyone's co-operation in helping to keep our building secure. Please note that all visitors to the RCM may be required to sign in on entry and bag checks may be in operation. We regret to inform that we no longer offer storage for large size bags.

Opening hours

Please note, the opening hours for our facilities vary at different times of the year. The hours stated below are those currently in effect.

General opening hours

Monday–Sunday: 8am–10pm

Limited access to Library, Shop & Box Office

In line with our response to Coronavirus / Covid-19, the Library, Shop and Box Office are closed to visitors until further notice. Online library resources remain active.

RCM Library

RCM Shop

Access to RCM Museum resources

The Royal College of Music Museum is currently closed for refurbishment. You can access information about the museum collections through our online catalogue and many of the items feature in our series of digital exhibitions.

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Getting to the RCM

The Royal College of Music is easy to reach on foot from nearby attractions in South Kensington, from Kensington High Street and from Kensington Gardens.

Travelling by train or Underground

All local stations are in TfL fare zone 1. 

London Underground

The closest station is South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), which is a 10–15 minute walk from the RCM.

Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) is a 15 minute walk from the RCM. High Street Kensington station (Circle and District lines) is a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes by bus.

South Kensington closed to Piccadilly line trains

Piccadilly line trains will not be stopping at South Kensington station until March 2022.

Night Tube services run on the Piccadilly line on Friday and Saturday evenings, providing Underground connections from South Kensington and Gloucester Road throughout the night.

Live travel information

National Rail

The closest mainline stations are London Paddington and London Victoria. The RCM can be reached from any London terminal by Underground, bus or taxi.

Live travel information

Travelling by bus or coach

London Buses

Bus number 360 stops directly outside the RCM on Prince Consort Road.

Buses 9, 2352 and 452 pass the Royal Albert Hall.

The number 70 travels along Queen's Gate.

Many other services run to South KensingtonKensington High Street and Knightsbridge from surrounding areas.

A comprehensive system of night buses operates between Central London and the rest of the city. The N9 passes the Royal Albert Hall and connects with other major routes at Trafalgar Square.

Live travel information 


Scheduled coach services run to destinations nationwide from Victoria Coach Station.

Travelling by bicycle

A Santander Cycles docking station is located on Prince Consort Road, adjacent to the RCM. There are several alternative docking stations nearby.

There are also a limited number of facilities for securing private bicycles on Prince Consort Road and in the surrounding area.

Parking near the RCM

There is metered parking on Prince Consort Road and the surrounding area. It costs £3.70 per hour for a maximum of four hours and is free after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

Other car parks and street parking are available in the South Kensington area, but spaces are often limited. Please check availability and restrictions before you travel.

There are designated motorbike bays in the area surrounding the Royal Albert Hall.

Disabled parking bays

There are a limited number of disabled parking bays managed by Westminster Borough Council on Prince Consort Road and in the area around the Royal Albert Hall, which are within 175 metres of the RCM. In addition, there are spaces managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Exhibition Road, which are within 600 metres of the RCM.

Food & drink

The RCM provides refreshments throughout the year. There is also a range of restaurants, cafés and other establishments nearby, most adjacent to South Kensington station.

RCM Café

The RCM Café serves barista-style coffees, sandwiches, snacks, salads and hot food. There is also access to outside seating in our courtyard.

Opening: Monday–Saturday, 8am–5pm
Hot food service: Monday–Saturday, 11.30am–2.30pm

Evening performance refreshments

The RCM offers a range of light pre-performance and interval refreshments for many of our most popular events. These are served between 6pm and 9pm (5pm for early evening performances) in the Britten Theatre Bar or in the main Foyer outside the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.

RCM Jay Mews

The Royal College of Music has additional facilities on Jay Mews, including rehearsal spaces, meeting rooms and the offices of several departments.

Jay Mews has its own reception for visitors.

39 Jay Mews
London SW7 2ES
+44 (0)20 7591 4300