4 Hamilton Place

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Royal Aeronautical Society headquarters

 
Estab­lished in 1866 as the Aero­nau­ti­cal Soci­ety of Great Britain, the Roy­al Aero­nau­ti­cal Soci­ety is the world’s old­est pro­fes­sion­al body ded­i­cat­ed to the aero­space com­mu­ni­ty.

For its first 70 years the soci­ety held its meet­ings in the rooms of the Soci­ety of Arts (from 1908 the Roy­al Soci­ety of Arts) and acquired its present home from the Crown in 1938.

No.4 Hamil­ton Place is a bow-win­dowed Geor­gian town­house sit­u­at­ed just behind the Four Sea­sons Hotel at Park Lane. The Duke of Welling­ton lived here in the year before the Bat­tle of Water­loo.

The house’s most dis­tinc­tive fea­ture is the baroque stair­case, shown below. As with so many such places nowa­days, its rooms are avail­able to hire for cor­po­rate events and wed­ding recep­tions.
 
Royal Aeronautical Society staircase at 4 Hamilton Place