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RCMJD visit days

RCMJD students socialising
Visiting the RCMJD is by application only and is a friendly and informal way to get to know more about what we do before making an application.

Joining us on one of our visit days will give you the opportunity to observe rehearsals, classes and informal performances, tour the building and speak to current RCMJD students and parents. Booking is required. Doors open at 9am and booked students can dip into the various activities that interest them. A timetable of activities will be circulated to booked students a few days before the visit. Visit days finish at 5pm.

Visit Days in 2019-20

All our visit days for the 2019-20 academic year have now taken place. Dates for the 2020-21 academic year will be published on this page by the end of September 2020. 

Information about Visit Days

Please note that attendance at a visit day is not compulsory before applying to the Junior Department, as a later opportunity will be provided for successful auditionees to visit the department before the response to offer deadline.

Advance booking

Advance booking is necessary as space is limited. Places are allocated on a first-come, first served basis depending on your age and the instrument you study.

Parents

Parents (only one per visiting student please) are welcome in the building though may not be able to sit in on all observation activities due to limited capacity in some rooms.

Observing one-to-one lessons

One-to-one lessons cannot be observed on a visit day, though a Performers Platform from 3-5pm offers a chance to observe students presenting solo (and sometimes chamber) repertoire in a masterclass-type setting.

Instruments

Instruments are not needed on a visit day. This is an observational day and we regret that we cannot involve you in any practical music-making activities that will require an instrument. You'll have to wait until audition to show us how brilliant you are.

Lunch

Lunch, if required, can be purchased in our canteen but you are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch to eat there.

About your application to attend our Visit Day

Though we can't acknowledge receipt of your application, we will aim to let you know whether we can accommodate you within two weeks or at least one week in advance of the visit day, whichever is sooner. If you apply allowing less than a week between application and visit day we will aim to let you know within 24 hours though the day you request may be full at such short notice.

Cancelling attendence at our Visit Day

If having been booked on a visit day you find you are no longer able to attend, please do let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone on the waiting list.

Getting to the RCM

The Royal College of Music is easy to reach on foot from notable locations in the Kensington area and is well connected to public transport. Limited parking is available for those travelling by car.

   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 RCM

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS
+44 (0)20 7591 4300

Travelling by train or Underground

All local stations are in TfL fare zone 1. 

London Underground

The closest station is South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines), which is a 10–15 minute walk from the RCM.

Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines) is a 15 minute walk from the RCM. High Street Kensington 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.

Live travel information

National Rail

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

Live travel information

Travelling by bus or coach

London Buses

Bus number 360 stops directly outside the RCM on Prince Consort Road.

Buses 9, 2352 and 452 pass the Royal Albert Hall.

The number 70 travels along Queen's Gate.

Many other services run to South KensingtonKensington High Street and Knightsbridge from surrounding areas.

A comprehensive system of night buses operates between Central London and the rest of the city. The N9 passes the Royal Albert Hall and connects with other major routes at Trafalgar Square.

Live travel information 

Coaches

Scheduled coach services run to destinations nationwide from Victoria Coach Station.

Travelling by bicycle

A Santander Cycles docking station is located on Prince Consort Road, adjacent to the RCM. 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 RCM

There is metered parking on Prince Consort Road and the surrounding area. It costs £3.70 per hour for a maximum of four hours and is free after 6.30pm and on Sundays.

Other car parks and street parking are available in the South Kensington area, but spaces are often limited. Please check availability and restrictions before you travel.

There are designated motorbike bays in the area surrounding the Royal Albert Hall.

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