Surgeons Quarter


Surgeons Quarter (SQ) promotes, sells and manages all commercial activities held within the College campus. All profits support the charitable aims of the College which are education, assessment and advancement in surgery. SQ is one central destination consisting of four venues. Each venue shares its location and history with an unrivalled passion to deliver world-class service and style.

Playfair Building

This historic building, dating back to 1832, provides meeting rooms, event and break-out spaces capable of accommodating 2 to 250 delegates. Each space is steeped in history yet brimming with technology. The building also hosts the Surgeons’ Hall Museums which can be linked with the event spaces exclusively for evening events or visited during the standard opening hours.


Symposium Building

The Symposium Building (originally St Michael’s Church) features a magnificent 158-seated auditorium with Italian leather seating incorporating many of the original church features. The auditorium is supported by state-of-the-art AV facilities including an audience voting facility. A member of the AV Team supports all events in this venue. The ground floor has reception room with a built-in bar and break-out room.


Quincentenary Conference Centre

A purpose-built conference centre featuring a skills lab on the lower ground, three meeting rooms on the ground floor, as well as a large conference space known as the Wolfson Hall accommodating up to 300 delegates theatre-style on the first floor. Outside the building a spacious courtyard space with clear roof marquee is perfect for catching up with colleagues during coffee breaks.


Prince Philip Building

This building features The Deacon Suite on the first floor. This stunning space with its large sweeping dome ceiling retains many original architectural features as well as providing purpose-built audio visual equipment.  Moreover, the building benefits from ground and lower ground floor meeting rooms.



Membership Offer

If Members or Fellows are interested in booking space for personal events such as weddings, private dinners or celebrations preferential rates including complimentary room hire and 50% discount on pre-ordered wines apply when booked in conjunction with catering. Please contact SQ: quoting your College Reference Number to discuss your event requirements.


Café 1505

Café 1505 is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and is the perfect place to visit after a tour of Surgeons’ Hall Museums.

Café 1505 looks onto the peaceful manicured gardens of the College, making it an oasis in a bustling part of the city of Edinburgh. Complimentary WiFi is available with power at most seats.

The Café offers a delicious brew of Equal Exchange Coffee or specialty teas alongside freshly squeezed juice, so you can feel refreshed for the day. From fresh bakery to Grab & Go Lunch, this hidden gem has it all.


When you are next planning a conference, private dinner or a celebratory event please contact us for further information on the above by calling one of the team on 0131 527 3434 or check out our website

​Privilege Cards

All RCSEd Fellows, Members and Affiliates are entitled to a Privilege Card which entitles them to a 15% discount on food and beverage in all our outlets including our Café 1505. Please contact Jackie Hudson to request one:

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