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Royal Institute of British Architects, London

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The Royal Institute of British Architects is a professional body for architects primarily in the United Kingdom, but also internationally, founded for the advancement of architecture under its charter granted in 1837 and Supplemental Charter granted in 1971.HistoryOriginally named the Institute of British Architects in London, it was formed in 1834 by several prominent architects, including Philip Hardwick, Thomas Allom, William Donthorne, Thomas Leverton Donaldson, William Adams Nicholson, John Buonarotti Papworth, and Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey.After the grant of the royal charter it had become known as the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, eventually dropping the reference to London in 1892. In 1934, it moved to its current headquarters on Portland Place, with the building being opened by King George V and Queen Mary.Royal charterIt was granted its Royal Charter in 1837 under King William IV. Supplemental Charters of 1887, 1909 and 1925 were replaced by a single Charter in 1971, and there have been minor amendments since then.The original Charter of 1837 set out the purpose of the Royal Institute to be: '… the general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith…'
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  • Very impressive and representatives interiors. Inside you will find a small cafe and a bookstore, where you will find a large number of books on architecture and construction.  more »
  • We encourage all who are not indifferent to good publications on architecture, you can meet a lot of interesting things here, even consider a good selection of publications in other bookstores
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  • Worth a peek here only for the sake of it. But better not at the beginning of the walk, otherwise we will have to return immediately to the hotel with all the nakuplennymi books
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  • great location for business meets! The cafe on the ground floor serves some of the best coffees in town!
  • Stunning building - combining classical and modernist elements. Depending on what's on, exhibitions can be great as well.
  • Not generally open to the public as it's the HQ, but if you get the chance take a stroll around the space and look at the history. Fantastic even from the outside
  • Great cafe on the ground floor. It is a good place for business conferences
  • Was attacked by a man with an umbrella outside the main entrance, so only four stars.