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Playfair Building

From a video conference to a gala dinner, the building is suitable for a wide range of events.

Playfair Building

In the 1820’s, William Henry Playfair, the foremost Scottish architect of that era, was commissioned by The Royal College of Surgeons of the City of Edinburgh to design a building fit for purpose. The Playfair building was formally opened in July 1832. This flagship building contains rooms of grandeur, tastefully and cleverly modified to incorporate up-to-date technology. 

The Playfair Hall

A magnificent room with a glass cupola ceiling, beautiful architectural detail and decorated in soft muted colours, with large windows on two sides of the Hall.

The Reception Room

An extension of the Fellows Library and is fitted out with glass cabinets containing historical medical journals dating back centuries.

The Fellows Library

A beautiful room with great ambience. A fine portrait of Joseph Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, is on display above the fireplace. This rooms looks onto our private gardens and a 1994 sculpture by Denys Mitchell entitled "Hinc Sanitas" - the College motto "From here, health".

The Logan Turner Room

An elegant room lined with oak panelling brought from the 1697 "Old Surgeons' Hall". The Delft tiles around the fireplace were gifted to the College from Minto House, Chambers Street during renovation work in 1914.

The Committee Room

An ideal room for smaller meeting.  Recently renovated, it is a warm rich red room with wooden panelling and excellent AV facilities.


10-350 capacity
Video / Audio

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“ Thank you and your staff very much indeed for all you did to make our dinner last Friday such a success. We felt very privileged to be able to use the Playfair Hall, which is a lovely room and was perfect for us. We were very well looked after and the food and wine were excellent: please could you pass on our thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening so enjoyable? Thank you too for helping with all the last-minute changes, which made all the difference to us.”