Room Hire

Institut français is situated in the heart of South Kensington, one of the most fashionable locations in London, a stone’s throw from the V&A, Natural History
Museum and South Kensington tube station. Its stylish art deco premises makes an original venue for a conference,
party or annual meeting.

The Institut français, a Grade ll listed art deco building, was designed by French architect Patrice Bonnet and inaugurated in 1939. Its intricately decorated façade and monumental proportions give the building a strong presence in the architectural environment. The interior is as impressive as the exterior: a sweeping marble staircase, decorated with the famous Rodin statue L’Age d’Airain and an original tapestry by Sonia Delaunay, leads from a large ground-floor foyer area to a beautiful listed library and a stunning state-of-the-art cinema on the first floor.

With very different spaces available, the Institut can accommodate functions with a cultural focus, from large-scale parties to small group events. It also provides a stunning backdrop for filming and photoshoots.

*Please note that private events such as birthday or wedding parties cannot be hosted at the venue.


Ciné Lumière

Newly-refurbished, Ciné lumière is a unique space which lends itself to a range of opportunities for private hire.
With a spacious auditorium of 229 seats and a good-sized stage for presentations, Ciné lumière is the ideal space for a private film screening, press launch, corporate meeting, conference, photo shoot or fashion show. With a new 2K HD Digital Cinema Projector, and a team experienced in handling high profile events, it is the perfect cinema for gala screenings. Adjoining spaces ‘Les Salons’, ‘La Médiathèque’ and ‘Le Foyer’ available for hire mean that it is easy to combine your event with a party, drinks reception or dinner

Hire Charges (incl. VAT)

Private screening at Ciné Lumière (prices given per film – approx. 2 hours)

(10.00am to 2.00pm)
(2.00pm to 6.00pm)
(6.00pm to 8.30pm)
Late evening
(8.30pm to 11.00pm)
Mon-Tue £900 £600 £1200 £1200
Wed-Fri £900 £1200 £1400 £1400
Sat £900 £1200 £1800 £1800
Sun £1200 £1200 £1800 £1200

Prices include the assistance of a technical engineer and usher.
Conferences / live event at Ciné Lumière

Morning (10.00am to 2.00pm) Afternoon (2.00pm to 6.00pm) Full Day (10.00am to 6pm)
Mon-Tue £1200 £1200 £2000
Wed-Fri £1200 £1500 £2400
Sat-Sun £2000 £3000 £4500

Prices include the assistance of a technical engineer and usher.

• Capacity | 229 seats plus 2 wheelchair positions
• Stage Size | 4m x 8m
• Stage Lighting | Permanent installation (20 channels). Additional channels available
• Auditorium Lighting | Tungsten downlights, dimmable
• Ventilation | Air conditioned
• Access | Stairs and public lift, disabled access, audio induction loop systems (hearing loops) for the hard of hearing
• Furniture | Tables, chairs and lectern
Film Projector | 35mm Kinoton Projector
• Digital Projector | Christie 2000 2K, Inputs for DVD, Beta SP and laptops
• Aspect Ratios | 1.33 (Academy), 1.66 and 1.85 (widescreen), 2.35 (cinemascope)
• Screen | Perforated front projection screen with variable side, top and bottom masking, Maximum size: 8.0 x 3.5 meters
• Sound | Dolby SRD, supports all popular formats including SRD, SR, Dolby A, Mono. System consists of Audio Management power amplifiers. Mixing Desk, microphone lines from stage and auditorium
• Steinwey 3/4 Grand Piano | Ask for conditions


Les Salons

A spacious period reception room with great flexibility, Les Salons is suitable for lectures, talks and presentations. Dinners, parties and any small group event with a cultural focus are also possible. The room can accommodate up to 80 people (or 50 people seated), and may be divided into two if required.

Grand piano available.

No extra fee will be charged for the use of the in house equipment. Extra staff requirement (security, cloakroom, attendant…) or equipment and furniture hire are available upon request.

* Please note that private events such as birthday or wedding parties cannot be hosted at the venue

Hire Charges* (incl. VAT)

Prices include assistance for the layout and cleaning of the room.
Minimum slot: 2 hours

From 9.30am to 6.00pm £100/h
From 6.00pm to 10.00pm £150/h

Weekend slots: contact us to get a quote

La Médiathèque

An attractive wood panelled room with balcony, intricate parquet floor and plenty of natural light, La Médiathèque‘s distinctive art deco reading room would make an elegant and impressive setting for a lecture or a talk. La Médiathèque can accommodate 80 people; due to library opening hours, the room is available after 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, Mondays and Sundays all day.

Hire Charges* (incl. VAT)

Minimum slot: 2 hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
9.30am to 6.00pm £400/h
9.30am to 12.00pm £400/h £400/h £400/h £400/h
6.00pm to 10.00pm £600/h £600/h
7.00pm to 10.00pm £600/h £600/h £600/h

Weekend slots: contact us to get a quote

Le foyer

With its sweeping marble staircase and large capacity, Le Foyer makes for a flexible and dramatic party space, easily accommodating over 300 guests.

Availability according to cinema screening times.

Special rates available with the hire of the cinema.

For Hire Charges, please contact us at


La petite salle

Ideal for talks, seminars and conferences, the Petite Salle holds 50 people.

Hire Charges* (incl. VAT)

Minimum slot: 2 hours

From 9.30am to 6.00pm £75/h
From 6.00pm to 10.00pm £100/h

Weekend slots: Contact us to get a quote


Catering / Le Bistrot

Le Bistrot is operated by an independent caterer who specialises in delivering fresh, well-presented food and excellent customer service.


*The hire charges set out above are effective from 01.12.2009. Accommodation hire fees are exempt from VAT. The hire charge includes the equipment mentioned in the description; furniture hire is available upon request. Staff costs are included (except security, cloakroom, attendant, receptionist which are extra).


Practical Info

Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place London SW7 2DT

Tube: South Kensington (Zone 1: Circle, District & Piccadilly Lines)
Bus: 414, 14, 74, 430, 49, C1, 70, 360, 345
Parking: The Institut français has no carpark of its own; the closest carpark is Union Carpark at 31 Harrington Road