Welcome to the London Architecture Diary, your essential guide to architecture exhibitions and events taking place across the city, brought to you by New London Architecture.


11 May - 23 July
Organized by: RIBA
Venue: RIBA
66 Portland Place
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Guided tours of 66 Portland Place

Where was the idea for the RIBA conceived? Which Monarch gave us our Royal Charter? Which city’s name is carved into our walls? Why did the RIBA cause a traffic jam? Which famous architects and actors have walked these floors? Visit the home of architecture and hear about the places and faces behind 66 Portland Place.


Architect George Grey Wornum’s winning design for the RIBA is both beautiful and functional and our dedicated tour guides will walk you through our fascinating art-deco building to explore the writings on our walls and see the wealth of materials that make up our intricate interiors. As well as looking at our magnificent architecture, we will offer you an insight into the architecture profession and the RIBA’s role in championing great architecture. The tour will conclude with the chance to view collection material on the design and construction of the building.


Tours will be taking place on select Tuesday evenings (6.30pm to 7.30pm) and Saturday afternoons (2.30pm to 3.30pm):


Saturday 11 May, 2.30pm

Tuesday 28 May, 6.30pm

Saturday 8 June, 2.30pm

Tuesday 25 June, 6.30pm

Saturday 13 July, 2.30pm

Tuesday 23 July, 6.30pm


All tickets include free refreshments. For our Saturday afternoon tours, you are entitled to one free tea/coffee and one brownie or flapjack from our ground floor café. For Tuesday evening tours, you are entitled to one free glass of wine/beer or soft drink from our bar on the ground floor. To redeem, simply present your ticket before placing your order.

Online booking in advance is essential.