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Photograph of the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection.
The Reading Room, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

Great for:
Book launches, drinks receptions, networking events

Not ideal for:
Daytime events

The Reading Room is an airy exhibition space full of natural daylight. It’s ideal for everything from evening drinks to business networking sessions.

There’s a wide range of objects here from Wellcome Collection. All of them should fascinate and inspire your guests. A life mask of Beethoven. A 1920s X-ray machine made of wood, steel and rubber. A dress illustrating neural development.

We understand how important your event is to you. Whatever you’re hosting in the Reading Room, we’ll do everything we can to help you make it a success.

Need to know


The Reading Room is ideal for receptions and similar events. It takes up to 160 people standing.


The space comes with free wifi. We can supply a PA system for you if you need one.


The Reading Room has wheelchair access and an induction loop. There are adapted toilets on this level. Guests with assistance dogs are very welcome to bring them along.

There’s also accessible parking – call or email us to book.

Food and drink

Our food and drink is memorable for all the right reasons.


You can hire the Reading Room from 18:30 seven days a week, except Thursdays.

We don’t charge extra for events at the weekend.

The help we received from your... colleagues was impeccable, as always.

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