BMA House

Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP
BMA House is a grade II listed building in central London’s fashionable and historic Bloomsbury. Home to the prestigious British Medical Association, BMA House was designed in 1911 by the famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens it has been the Headquarters for the BMA since 1925. Highly accessible, the venue has a superb location just a short walk from the Eurostar (at nearby St Pancras), as well as Russell Square, Euston and King’s Cross stations. Ideal when you have delegates coming from across the UK. Offering 29 unique event spaces, including two private outdoor areas, BMA House has the versatility to act as the setting for a wide range of events, including conferences, dinners, private parties, receptions and weddings.

Rooms in BMA House

  • The Great Hall

    • 320
    • 294
    • 200
    • 160
    The Great Hall is the flagship room of BMA House and is perfect for Conferences, AGMs, Award Ceremonies and Dinners; it is also licensed for Wedding Ceremonies. Located on the first floor, in the centre of the House, this majestic 28 foot high room features floor to ceiling Corinthian columns, decorated with painted gold leaf. The high level windows inject an abundance of natural daylight, yet full black out facilities are available if required. The room has an impressive stage perfect for presenting from and conducting Awards events. The Great Hall benefits from retractable seating swiftly transforming it from a theatre style room to a multi purpose space which can be set cabaret, classroom or dinner style. The Great Hall boasts an array of Audio Visual equipment supported by the on-site team. Two small balconies look out over the stunning memorial Courtyard and provide a perfect vantage point for photographers wanting to capture large group shots.
  • Paget Room

    • 160
    • 156
    • 120
    • 80
    • 56
    The Paget Room is located in the heart of Grade II listed BMA House. This is a beautiful space full of character including round headed windows, traditional tiled fireplaces and Spanish mahogany. The Paget Room is located on the ground floor and has direct access to The Courtyard. Some of these features are believed to have been moved from the BMA's former headquarters on The Strand in 1928-9. The Paget Room is versatile and suitable to host Conferences, Training days, Dinners and Drinks Reception. The room is licensed for wedding ceremonies and provides an impressive space in which to host your Wedding breakfast. The room is named after one of the founders of scientific medical pathology, Sir James Paget.
  • Snow Room

    • 160
    • 105
    • 100
    • 64
    • 36
    The Snow Room is directly adjacent to the Paget Room and also benefits from direct access to The Courtyard. The Snow Room is light and airy, retaining many of its original Grade II listed features including 15 foot high ceilings and the round headed windows featured throughout the Lutyens Suite. The Snow Room provides an ideal daytime setting for Meetings, Away Days and Lunches. It is perfectly suited to evening events such as Drinks Receptions and Dinners. Guests are encouraged to make use of the Courtyard whenever possible. The room is named after physician John Snow, who is famed for discovering that cholera is spread through water.
  • Prince’s Room

    • 90
    • 70
    • 54
    • 42
    • 36
    The Prince's Room is perhaps BMA House’s most beautiful space – intricately painted gold leaf adorns the perimeter of the room, as well as the Corinthian columns found in the recesses of each corner and an eye catching glass chandelier cannot fail to impress. Originally designed as a State room for the royal patron of the BMA, The Prince's Room is now a popular Drinks Reception and Dinner Room and is also suitable for hosting small meetings. This beautifully decorated space also creates a stunning backdrop for a Wedding Ceremony and intimate Wedding breakfast. Located on the first floor the room is accessed from Reception by a grand staircase which leads onto an impressive marble floored foyer perfect for arrival drinks and refreshments.
  • Courtyard Suite

    • 150
    • 120
    • 64
    • 58
    Located on the ground floor with direct access to the Courtyard, this versatile suite comprises the Murrell, Barnes and Anderson rooms. It offers individual spaces for breakout rooms and boardroom meetings, or the whole space can be opened up to allow larger conferences with a maximum capacity of 120 delegates theatre style.
  • Murrell Room

    • 70
    • 55
    • 28
    • 30
    The Murrell room forms part of the Murrell Barnes Suite and the Courtyard Suite. This is a mid sized meeting room which can be used on its own, as a breakout space or catering room. The Murrell room is named after the first woman to be elected to the Council of the British Medical Association, Dr Christine Murrell, who promoted equal opportunities in the medical profession and was president of the Medical Women's Federation 1926-8.
  • Anderson Room

    • 50
    • 22
    The Anderson room is a small room ideal for training or interviews. It can be hired in conjunction with the Barnes and Murrell Rooms. Named after the first Englishwoman to qualify as a physician and surgeon, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
  • Barnes Room

    • 30
    • 12
    The Barnes is one of our smaller rooms, ideally suited for interviews and training sessions. The room is named after Dr Josephine Barnes, a leading obstetrician and gynaecologist. The Barnes room forms part of the Murrell Barnes Suite, Anderson Barnes Suite and Courtyard Suite.
  • Worcester Room

    • 75
    • 72
    • 30
    • 36
    The name of the room is connected to the origins of The British Medical Association, which was founded by Sir Charles Hastings, a doctor from Worcester in 1832. Hastings wanted a ‘friendly and scientific’ forum where doctors could advance and exchange medical knowledge. The new space, accommodating up to 75 delegates, boasts plenty of natural daylight and views over the venue’s magnificent Courtyard. Delegates will enjoy first class AV facilities including video conferencing and use of four 55” LED screens, known as a video wall
  • Aldrich-Blake Room

    • 24
    Named after the inspiring Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake who was the first British woman to attain a degree of Master of Surgery in 1895, this modern boardroom comes equipped with a full HD Multimedia projector, push to talk microphones for each delegate, and both telephone conferencing and video conferencing facilities. Ideal for small meetings for up to 24, delegates will find comfort during their meeting with our new ergonomic chairs, together with views overlooking our stunning Courtyard.
  • Garden Room

    • 90
    The Garden Room is a fabulous double height space with an abundance of natural daylight and features stylish contemporary decor which perfectly fits within the Grade II listed part of BMA House. Accessed from the lower ground floor the Garden Room offers easy access to the Garden via steps or a lift. The Garden Room is most popular for pre-dinner Drinks Receptions and Summer Parties. Please note the Garden Room is only available to hire during evenings and weekends.
  • The Garden

    • 90
    A hidden gem in central London, The Garden provides a tranquil setting for Drinks Receptions, Summer Parties, Barbecues and Weddings. The Garden is always sold in conjunction with an indoor space, usually the contemporary Garden Room or the Snow Room. Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens designed a picturesque Garden to the side of BMA House, which today is home to an abundance of physic plants. The Garden centres on an oval pond surrounded by semi-circular terrace ideal for corporate and private events. For those with literary interests, The Garden is built on the site of Tavistock House, once the home of novelist Charles Dickens. Within the Garden there is a plaque marking the foundations of the house in which Dickens lived from 1851 to 1860. During this period he is thought to have written, Bleak House, Hard Times, and Great Expectations.
  • Council Chamber

    • 97
    The Council Chamber is a purpose-built meeting space finished to a high standard and is ideally suited to hosting interactive debates and AGMs. This impressive space is located on the first floor and features double aspect windows overlooking The Courtyard to the front and The Garden to the rear, all windows can be blacked out as needed. The Chamber boasts the latest audio-visual equipment including an at seat voting system and individual 'push to talk' delegate microphones which can be controlled by the meeting chair on the top table. The Chamber accommodates a total of 97 including a top table of nine and 88 delegate seats
  • Carter Room

    • 12
    The Carter Room is an impressive purpose-built boardroom featuring contemporary design and stylish features including a luxury solid wood table inlaid with maple. The room offers the latest technology for video and tele-conferencing, and meeting discussions for up to 12 delegates. Located in the centre of BMA House on the first floor, the Carter Room has a direct view overlooking the Memorial Gates in The Courtyard. The room is named after Sir David Carter who served as Honorary President to the British Medical Association and developed an international reputation in the management of complex pancreaticobiliary disease.
  • Harvey Room

    • 100
    • 84
    • 42
    • 32
    Located at the opposite end of the third floor to the Black Suite, the Harvey Room boasts the same art deco ceiling and is a popular room for presentations, product launches and board meetings. It also provides the ideal lunch room for meetings taking place in the Black Suite and boasts city views including The Shard.
  • Simpson Room

    • 12
    This purpose-built meeting room is located on the third floor and offers the perfect breakout space when used in conjunction with the Harvey Room. It can also be hired independently for small boardroom meetings.
  • Jenner Room

    • 18
    This purpose-built meeting room, located on the third floor, offers the perfect breakout space when used in conjunction with the Harvey Room. It can also be hired independently for small boardroom meetings.
  • The Bevan Suite

    • 150
    • 150
    • 77
    • 56
    The Bevan Suite comprises of the Black, Lister and Fleming rooms, which can be hired as a suite or as independent rooms. Located on the third floor these rooms are ideal for conferences with a high presentation content. The Bevan Suite retains the original art deco barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Great Hall, of which it was part until a ceiling was inserted in 1985 to create an additional floor. The Suite offers a variety of layouts including theatre style, cabaret and boardroom. All rooms within the suite are complemented by the latest audio-visual technology.
  • Black Room

    • 100
    • 100
    • 42
    • 32
    Located at the opposite end of the third floor to the Harvey Room, the Black Room boasts the same art deco ceiling and is a popular room for presentations, product launches and board meetings. It also provides the ideal lunch room for meetings taking place in the Lister Fleming Suite.
  • Lister Fleming Suite

    • 40
    • 40
    • 28
    • 24
    Comprising the Lister and Fleming Rooms, the Lister Fleming Suite can accommodate up to 45 people. It can be used as a stand-alone space or as a breakout room when used in conjunction with our other rooms on the third floor.
  • Lister Room

    • 12
    The Lister Room is one of our smaller spaces and provides an ideal location for training, breakouts and interviews. Named after Sir Joseph Lister Bt, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery.
  • Fleming Room

    • 12
    The Fleming Room is one of our smaller spaces and provides an ideal location for training, breakouts and interviews. Named after the biologist who discovered Penicillin.
  • Dickens Room

    • 40
    • 40
    • 28
    • 24
    The Dickens Room is a small meeting room located on the lower ground floor. Best suited to small meetings, training days and video conferencing, the Dickens Room can accommodate up to 40 people. The room is equipped with a high definition projection screen and built in microphones which produces excellent quality when used for video conferences. The room also provides an ideal break out space for larger Conferences. The Dickens Room is adorned with plaques of BMA Award Winners whose names have been inscribed by hand. The Dickens Room is named after the famous author, Charles Dickens, who lived on the site of BMA House from 1851-1860.
  • Magill Room

    • 10
    Named after the Northern Irish anaesthetist Sir Ivan Whiteside Magill, who is famous for his involvement in much of the innovation and development in modern anaesthesia, the Magill Room is equipped with a 55” LED screen and built-in tele-conferencing kit, making this room ideal for smaller board meetings.
  • Tudor-Hart Room

    • 16
    The Tudor-Hart Room is named after Julian Tudor-Hart, a general practitioner famed for being the first doctor to routinely measure every patient’s blood pressure and as a result was able to significantly reduce premature mortality in patients. The light and airy Tudor-Hart Room overlooks picturesque Tavistock Square and is equipped with a large 75” LED screen and built-in video conferencing and tele-conferencing kits, making this room ideal for smaller board meetings, or an intimate standing buffet lunch with a view!
  • The Courtyard

    • 320
    The Courtyard provides an opulent setting for outdoor events including barbecues and summer parties - a rare find in central London. This stunning outdoor space is always hired in conjunction with equally attractive indoor spaces - The Snow, Paget or Great Hall. The key features of The Courtyard which make it so spectacular for corporate and private events alike are its two war memorials - the Gates of Remembrance which commemorate the 574 members of the BMA who died in the First World War; and the central fountain, made of bronze featuring the staff of Asclepius (God of Medicine) with four statues representing sacrifice, cure, prevention and aspiration and which form a memorial to the medical men and women who died in the Second World War. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Memorial Gates were dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the same day as the official opening of BMA House in 1925. The fountain was designed in 1954 by sculptor James Woodford.