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Discover the RCM

Visiting the RCM

Where we are

   South Kensington: 0.5 miles
   Gloucester Road: 0.6 miles
   High Street Kensington: 0.8 miles

   Paddington: 1.5 miles
   Victoria: 2 miles

   Santander Cycles docking station and public cycle locking facilities adjacent to RCM

Prince Consort Road site, including main reception and concert venues:

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS
+44 (0)20 7591 4300

RCM Jay Mews

39 Jay Mews
London SW7 2ES
+44 (0)20 7591 4300

Getting to the RCM

The Royal College of Music is easy to reach on foot from nearby attractions in South Kensington, from Kensington High Street and from Kensington Gardens.

Travelling by train or Underground

All local stations are in TfL fare zone 1. 

London Underground

The closest station is South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), which is a 10–15 minute walk from the RCM.

Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) is a 15 minute walk from the RCM. High Street Kensington station (Circle and District lines) is a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes by bus.

South Kensington closed to Piccadilly line trains

Piccadilly line trains will not be stopping at South Kensington station until March 2022.

Night Tube services run on the Piccadilly line on Friday and Saturday evenings, providing Underground connections from South Kensington and Gloucester Road throughout the night.

Live travel information

National Rail

The closest mainline stations are London Paddington and London Victoria. The RCM can be reached from any London terminal by Underground, bus or taxi.

Live travel information

Travelling by bus or coach

London Buses

Bus number 360 stops directly outside the RCM on Prince Consort Road.

Buses 9, 2352 and 452 pass the Royal Albert Hall.

The number 70 travels along Queen's Gate.

Many other services run to South KensingtonKensington High Street and Knightsbridge from surrounding areas.

A comprehensive system of night buses operates between Central London and the rest of the city. The N9 passes the Royal Albert Hall and connects with other major routes at Trafalgar Square.

Live travel information 

Coaches

Scheduled coach services run to destinations nationwide from Victoria Coach Station.

Travelling by bicycle

A Santander Cycles docking station is located on Prince Consort Road, adjacent to the RCM. There are several alternative docking stations nearby.

There are also a limited number of facilities for securing private bicycles on Prince Consort Road and in the surrounding area.

Parking near the RCM

There is metered parking on Prince Consort Road and the surrounding area. It costs £3.70 per hour for a maximum of four hours and is free after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

Other car parks and street parking are available in the South Kensington area, but spaces are often limited. Please check availability and restrictions before you travel.

There are designated motorbike bays in the area surrounding the Royal Albert Hall.

Disabled parking bays

There are a limited number of disabled parking bays managed by Westminster Borough Council on Prince Consort Road and in the area around the Royal Albert Hall, which are within 175 metres of the RCM. In addition, there are spaces managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Exhibition Road, which are within 600 metres of the RCM.

Other useful information

Our public facilities are open for most of the calendar year, though often with reduced opening hours outside teaching terms. Some of our community activities, projects and special events take place during the vacation periods.

Opening hours

The RCM will be closed to the public on 2 December until 3pm.

The Museum and café will be closed all day on 2 December.

RCM Box Office

You can contact the Box Office by email at boxoffice@rcm.ac.uk or by phone on 020 7591 4314. Opening hours are Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm.

Royal College of Music Museum

  • Tuesday–Friday: 10.15am-5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm)
  • Saturday–Sunday: 11am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm). During the weekend the Museum closes for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

Closed on Mondays.

RCM Library

  • Monday–Thursday: 9am-7pm
  • Friday: 9am-5.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am-2pm (Access for RCM Junior Department only)

Café

Monday–Friday: 8.30am-4.30pm

Saturday: 8.30am-4.30pm (term time only)

  • Monday–Thursday: 9am-7pm
  • Friday: 9am-5.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am-2pm (Access for RCM Junior Department only)

Term dates

The Royal College of Music has three teaching terms every academic year, Autumn, Spring and Summer, which run parallel to our three events seasons. Exam periods are contained within relevant terms.

The RCM closes completely from Christmas Eve until the first working day of the New Year.

Royal College of Music term dates

Please note, the year end date for MMus (Fast-track) and full-time MSc students is 30 September of the following academic year, not the final day of the Summer Term.

Term dates 2019-2026

Academic calendar 2020-21

Academic calendar 2021-22

RCM Junior Department term dates

Junior Department activities mostly take place on Saturdays. RCMJD term dates are slightly different to those of the senior College.

RCMJD term dates 2020-21

RCMJD term dates 2021-22