Burlington House

Burlington House has been the home for many scientific associations since 1854. The building also has art exhibitions, as the Royal Academy of Arts is part of the same building.

One of the most well-known societies is the Linnean Society, where Charles Darwin presented his theory of evolution for the first time to the public. The building has other societies from these areas of science:

  • astrology
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • geography

There are occasionally open days hosted in the building and its courtyard, where you can see exhibitions and lectures about the different fields of science. Each society also has its events.

Virtual tours

Royal Academy of Arts, which is located in Burlington House has some of their exhibitions available to enjoy from home. There is a video touravailable of the current Picasso and Paper exhibition. The pages for the exhibitions show some of the paintings. As an example, this page about the Gauguin and the Impressionists exhibition has images, some video and also related reading material.

Getting there

The nearest underground stations are Green Park and Piccadilly Circus. Both are a 5 minutes walking distance away.


The nearest places of interest are Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace, the latter of which you can get to via Green Park.