Your event at The British Institute
The Library and Cultural Centre of the British Institute is located in the fashionable Oltrarno district. Situated on the piano nobile of the 16th century Palazzo Lanfredini, it boasts a glorious view across the river Arno by Santa Trinita.
The magnificent rooms at Palazzo Lanfredini are perfect for a wide range of events – conferences, receptions, dinners, screenings, concerts, lectures, seminars and so on – and we are always happy to partner with people and organisations who may wish to run and event or programme with us
The Palazzo was built in 1515 by Baccio d'Agnolo for the Lanfredini, a family of Florentine merchants and bankers, and the building retains most its original architecture. The 'sgraffito' that adorn the façade (which was restored in the 19th century) reveal grotesque and arabesque figures, notably the 'Mantacora', a monster with the head of a man and the body of a beast.
The Ferragamo Room
Our magnificent 90 sq.m salone is the main room of the library. It’s on the first floor and has a spectacular view over the Arno river. It’s fully set up with audio-visual equipment (screen, projector and laptop), wifi and air conditioning system. It’s suitable for conferences, presentations and launches, film screenings, receptions and concerts (there is a good Bechstein grand piano, and the acoustics are superb!). Catering is supported by a fully equipped kitchen located on the same floor.
The Acton Room
This room is also on the library’s first floor and it’s more intimate, framed by our collection of rare books. With its 45 sq.m floor, it’s particularly suitable for lectures and seminars, receptions and events for smaller groups. It’s fully set up with audio-visual equipment (screen, projector and laptop), wifi and air conditioning system. Catering is supported by a fully equipped kitchen located on the same floor.
The Hoenig Room
With its own street entrance from the Lungarno, this is our most flexible space, suitable for all kinds of educational and cultural activities, workshops, seminars, receptions, presentations, performances and art exhibitions. Separate from the library, this stylish self-contained 70 sq.m ground floor room benefits from plenty of natural light, and is set up with audio-visual equipment, a theatre lighting rig, rails for exhibition hanging, wifi and air conditioning. Catering is supported by its own kitchen. For more information about the space see SOTTO al British.