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Discover the H

Visiting the H

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 H

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

H Jay Mews

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

Getting to the H

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  (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), which is a 10–15 minute walk from the H.

 (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) is a 15 minute walk from the H.  station (Circle and District lines) is a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes by bus.

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.

National Rail

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

Travelling by bus or coach

London Buses

Bus number  stops directly outside the H on Prince Consort Road.

Buses ,  and  pass the Royal Albert Hall.

The number  travels along Queen's Gate.

Many other services run to ,  and  from surrounding areas.

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

 

Coaches

Scheduled coach services run to destinations nationwide from .

Travelling by bicycle

A Santander Cycles docking station is located on , adjacent to the H. 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 H

There is metered parking on Prince Consort Road and the surrounding area. It costs £4.22 per hour (£6.33 for Diesel vehicles) for a maximum of four hours and is free after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces and designated motorbike bays available in the surrounding South Kensington area. Please check availability and restrictions before you travel.

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 H. In addition, there are spaces managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Exhibition Road, which are within 600 metres of the H.

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

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.

H Library

Term time opening hours
  • Monday–Thursday: 9am–7pm
  • Friday: 9am–5.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am-2pm (H Junior Department days - access for college members only)

Last issues and returns are 15 minutes before closing time.

  • Monday 11 December : closed
  • Tuesday 12 - Friday 15 December: 11am-5pm
  • Monday 18 December: closed
  • Tuesday 19 December- 11am - 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 December: 11am-5pm
  • Monday 25 December - Monday 1 Jan: closed
  • Tuesday 2  - Friday 5 January: 11am - 5pm

Last issues and returns are 15 minutes before closing time.

䲹é

  • Monday–Friday: 8.30am–4.30pm
  • Saturday: 8.30am–4.30pm (term time only)

Our café bar on the ground floor opens from 5pm for most mid-week concerts in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre and Performance Hall. The bar serves a range of wine and bottled beverages in addition to barista-style coffees, sandwiches and snacks.

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 H 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 to 2029

Academic calendar 2023-24

H Junior Department term dates

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

HJD term dates 2023-24

HJD term dates 2024-25

Academic calendar 2024-25

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