Lectures and Talks

Knowledge is king, and when you gain it for free from talks and lectures it is an even better bargain!

Gresham College – Free Lectures     

Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn, EC1N 2HH

Telephone: 020 7831 0575

Admission: Free                    

Underground: Chancery Lane     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/TDmNe

Gresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years.

Founded in 1597, Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education Institution. The Gresham Professors and other visiting speakers offer over 100 free public events every year.

London School of Economics - Free Lectures     

Houghton Street W2A

Admission: Free

Underground: Holborn and Temple     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/fZLht

The London School of Economics run a varied range of free lectures.  Usually you just turn up and it is on a first come first served basis.

Geological Society - London Lectures     

Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BG

Telephone: 020 7434 9944

Admission: Free (apply online ballot)

Underground: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SHPsd

These monthly public lectures are free and held at the Geological Society's Piccadilly apartments in Burlington House.  

Tickets are free but are issued through a ballot system.

Birbeck University of London - Free Lectures     

Malet Street, Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX

Telephone: 020 7631 6270

Admission: Free

Underground: Russell Square           

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qZESp


A wide range of free lectures held in the afternoon and evenings, some need booking online.        

Inner Space - Talks and Courses                

36 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AB

Telephone: 020 7836 6688

Admission: Free

Underground: Covent Garden

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/VREHm

Inner Space offer free talks and courses at their meditation and development centre near Covent Garden.  They also offer the free use of a quite room to mediate or just to cool off from the hectic pace of London.

Royal Society - Free Public Lectures & Talks                 

6-9 Carlton House Terrace SW1Y 5AG

Telephone: 020 7451 2500

Admission: Free

Underground: Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/g16FF

Most of the public events are run on a first come first served basis. Doors do not open until a specified time before the event is scheduled to start - if you arrive earlier than this then you may have to queue outside the building.

Admittance to scientific meetings is only for attendees who have registered online in advance.

National Portrait Gallery - Lunchtime Lectures    

St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE

Telephone: 020 7306 0055

Admission: Free

Underground: Charing Cross or Embankment

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/pKc6D

These free lectures usually take place on Thursdays at 1.15pm.  Check lecture subjects and dates on the National Portrait Gallery web site.

Society of Antiquaries of London - Public Lectures    

Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE

Telephone: 020 7479 7080

Admission: Free

Underground: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park          

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/G6PRs

Most lectures take place at Burlington House, London, on Tuesday afternoons (13.00–14.00). Lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advanced registration is recommended to avoid disappointment.

National Gallery - Lunchtime Talks     

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

Telephone: 020 7747 2885

Admission: Free

Underground: Charing Cross or Embankment

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/I2EWr

Explore paintings and themes at these in-depth talks.

Every month the National Gallery have a range of free lunchtime talks for you to enjoy. Focus in on one painting with their talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.  Most talks start at 1pm, check on their web site for programme and times.

The Wellcome Collection - Packed Lunch     

183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE

Telephone: 020 7611 2222

Admission: Free

Underground: Euston Square

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/L54Z7

Feed your curiosity at our daytime discussions. Drop in to hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiment, life in the lab and why science matters to everyone, all in the space of your lunch hour. Bring your sarnies with you. First come, first seated.

Goldsmiths, University of London - Talks    

Lewisham Way, New Cross, SE14 6NW

Telephone: 020 7919 7171

Admission: Free

Train / Overground: New Cross or New Cross Gate

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SnGna

Each term Goldsmiths hosts a varied selection of lively events, from thought-provoking talks and workshops to recitals and film screenings. Most of these events are open to the public and completely free of charge.

     Photograph: Abbey Road and the Beatles

Copyright Visit London for Free 2012-2018