Science and sunlight at 66 East Smithfield


The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was founded on April 15th 1841 through a group of chemists and druggists gathering at public meeting spaces in London to discuss proposed medical reform bills.

The Society’s initial aims were to unite the profession into one body, to protect the members’ interests and ideals, and to advance scientific knowledge. In September 1841, the Society took a yearly lease on a house at 17 Bloomsbury Square.

In 1843 Queen Victoria granted the Society its royal charter, but the word ‘Royal’ was only added to its name in 1988.

In June 2015 the RPS moved to new headquarters in East London: 66-68 East Smithfield, within the energetic east London borough of Tower Hamlets, with breath-taking views of famous London landmarks such as the Gherkin, the Shard and Canary Wharf.

The building itself features a stunning glass frontage, delicately decorated with the words ‘Health, science, pharmacists, medicines, people, care’, in 24 different languages.

Inside, the building holds floors of work space, a museum, conference rooms, an elegant and working library and last but not least, a stunning, dramatic, sunlit stairwell and atrium. Last year, architectural and design practice BDP won an award for the dramatic transformation of this now glorious building.

The spectacular events space is located on the top floor of the building and has panoramic views of London, complete with balcony.

The events space is ideal for receptions of up to 150 guests, or for fine-dining events up to 100 guests with the added use of the Tower Bridge room.

The space has full multimedia set up, enabling you to present high-definition video content on LED screens of up to 98” in diameter, making it ideal for conferences and meetings for up to 130 people with a theatre setup.

Whether it’s business or pleasure, with room configurations and food menus to suit all requirements, plus incredible views of London City, the RPS event space should definitely be one to consider.