Kensington Central Library venue hire

Lecture theatre and meeting room hire

Kensington Central Library has a lecture theatre and a meeting room (with kitchen) that is available for hire by members of the public.

The lecture theatre has:

  • seating for up to 162 using tiered seating
  • a stage with a podium and screen for presentations
  • facilities to use a projector with a laptop or an overhead projector

The meeting room:

  • holds up to 50 people
  • has an en suite kitchen for preparing refreshments (bring your own refreshments)
  • has a grand piano

Unfortunately there is no disabled access or disabled toilet facilities attached to the lecture theatre and meeting room.

We are conveniently situated a few minutes walk from High Street Kensington tube station on the District and Circle lines on the London Underground.


The lecture theatre and meeting rooms are:

  • available to hire for a minimum of two hours on Monday - Friday and a minimum of three hours on Saturday
  • not available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Sundays or Bank holidays


Room/EquipmentHire cost
Monday - Friday
Hire cost
Lecture theatre£61 per hour£71 per hourSeats 162 people using rack seating.
Meeting room£28 per hour£38 per hourHolds up to 50 people.
Lecture theatre and meeting room (combined booking)£75.00 per hour£86 per hour-
KitchenFlat fee of £22 per bookingSupply your own tea and coffee and/or food. Please clear up after yourself. The kitchen has a microwave and a table top fridge.
Television with DVD/video£55 per booking-
Flipchart stand (including pads and pens)£11 per set per bookingYou may keep the pad, but the stand and the pens remain the property of the library
Overhead projector£32 per booking-
Projector£55 per booking-
Screen for projectors£9 per booking-
Grand piano£96 per booking-
Theatrical lighting£42 per booking-
Laptop£55 per booking-

It's your responsibility to make sure your laptop is compatible with any equipment you hire from us. If you prefer to use your own equipment, you will need to provide a copy of the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) certificate when you make your booking.

Make a booking

You need to make your booking at least one month in advance. To do this:

  • email
  • or apply in writing to Room Bookings, Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX

You will need to tell us:

  • your name and contact details
  • your reason for hiring the room/equipment
  • when (dates and times) the room/equipment is required

If the room is available:

  • we will send you a booking form
  • you will need to sign and return the form with full payment (cheque or cash) to confirm your booking at least 14 days before the hire date

View the rooms

If you want to view the lecture theatre and meeting room before you make your booking, email us to make an appointment first on