10th December 2014

You know as well as we do, London is bursting at the seams with coffee shops. They pepper every street corner, bellowing out that irrestible, heart-warming aroma of caramel, honey, and toffee infused lattes.

Inevitably, you buy one. And then somehow a gluten-free brownie ends up in your hand. And a crayfish salad. And a membership card.

But in 1754, when the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) was conceived, the coffee shop was a very different place. It was a place where intellectuals gathered together, leaving their swords at the door, and met to discuss the pressing issues of their time.

It was where the world's first magazines were invented, where public figures were attacked and defended, and where William Shipley came up with the idea for the RSA.

The RSA was designed to promote the arts, sciences and enlightenment in general by providing financial prizes, supporting the pioneers of their day.

While we've departed from the original notion of a coffee shop, the RSA has endured through the centuries, aiding the cultural, scientific and political progress of our society.

It was the first society to admit women; in 1770 it offered a prize for helping reduce smoke emmissions - its journal even coined the very word 'sustainability'. And, from Judi Dench to Professor Stephen Hawking, the RSA has supported this country's great figures.

It's this long, rich, and socially progressive history that makes RSA House such an interesting, important, and unique venue. What makes it so extraordinary is that it's absolutely beautiful, too.

There are four main spaces available for private hire, which include The Tavern Room, a room that you'll find in the pages of Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers.

Their Vaults, seen above, exemplify the rich diversity of this venue, with this rustic and intimate setting complementing RSA House's stunning, 200 person capacity Great Room.

Hopeful couples are understandably flocking to the hallowed walls of RSA House, to be wed inside one of London's magnificently beautiful buildings.

And, while being so beautiful, the venue's long love affair with London's history gives it the uniqueness your wedding deserves.

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