Coming to an event at LSE

LSE host a public lecture programme (PLP) consisting of over 100 lectures every term. Recent speakers at the School have included Sebastian Piñera , President of Chile; Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer; Harriet Harman MP; and Nobel Prize winner Professor Amartya Sen, as well as other leading politicians and academics.

The lectures are free and open to all with some events requiring a ticket so please check the individual web listing. The events generally take place in the early evening and last approximately one and a half hours, including a question and answer session.

In addition to the PLP there are a large number of other events taking place at LSE hosted by an academic department or student society - the majority of events are listed on the Public Events| web pages.

Accessibility & Special Requirements

If you have any access requirements, please contact the event organiser as far as possible in advance of the event you are planning to attend so that arrangements, where possible, can be made.  For ticketed events, please make sure you get in touch in advance of the ticket release date. Details of the event organiser can be found on the event listing.

  • Hearing loops - the larger venues at LSE are fitted with infrared hearing support systems. Please refer to Venue Information.
  • Wheelchair access & spaces - please refer to Venue Information. Wheelchair spaces should be reserved in advance of the event.  Where an event is ticketed, it is not necessary to apply for an audience ticket, please get in touch directly with the event organiser to book a space.

Admittance Policy

  • Admittance to any LSE event is always at the discretion of the event organisers.
  • No dogs are allowed unless a guide dog.
  • Seating is strictly subject to space and latecomers to events may not be admitted.
  • For ticketed events, a ticket does not guarantee entry at any arrival time - please check your ticket for further information.

Door Opening Times

  • We recommend that you arrive at the venue 25-30 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to maximise your chances of gaining entry to the event.
  • Many events are already full before the start time and there is no standing space available in the venues.
  • Generally doors open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.

Food & Drink

  • Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed to be consumed in the venues.

Smoking Policy

  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on LSE premises

Maps and directions to LSE

Music events

  • Music events generally take place in the Shaw Library, located on the sixth floor of the Old Building.
  • Please see the Arts & Music website (link to the website) for full listings.
  • Coming to a Music@LSE event


  • For further information on parking meters around LSE campus and facilities for Blue Badge Holders, please visit the Travelling to LSE website.


  • You may be required to stand in a queue - either to gain access to an event when the doors have not yet opened OR if joining a returns queue for a ticketed event.

Ticketed Event Information

  • Information regarding admission policy to an event can be located on the individual listing for the event or if you know a ticket is required the event will be listed on Ticketed events. All listings can be found at LSE Public Lectures and Events.
  • Events that require a ticket are generally the more popular events and therefore we recommend that you request a ticket as close to the ticket request starting time/date to avoid disappointment.
  • Ticket holders should arrive in plenty of time and at least ten minutes before the start time as seats are released after this time. A ticket does not guarantee a seat.


  • Speakers are encouraged to provide a transcript to place on the website after the event however for various reasons this is not always feasible.
  • Transcripts are located on our website - Event transcripts.

Venue Information

LSE Venue Peacock Theatre (PT) Old Theatre (OT) Sheikh Zayed Theatre
(NAB LG08)
Hong Kong Theatre (CLM G.02)  New Theatre (E171) Shaw Library (SL) Wolfson Theatre
(NAB LG01)
Location Portugal Street Old Building (A) New Academic Building (NAB) Clement House (CLM) East Building (E) Old Building (A) New Academic Building 
Ground & lower ground floor Ground & first floor Lower Ground level Ground floor & balcony level First floor Sixth floor Lower Ground Floor
Capacity 999 462 400 234 240 130 130
Wheelchair spaces *1 Yes (2) Yes (2) Yes (4) Yes Yes (1) Yes Yes
Hearing Loops *2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes

 *1 Please contact the organiser of the event if you wish to book a wheelchair space at an event

*2 Please contact the organiser of the event if you wish to book a hearing loop for the event.  Hearing loops should be collected from and returned to the organiser of the event.

Notes on other venues

  • All teaching rooms in the New Academic Building are fitted with a wired loop
  • Infra Red loops are available in the following teaching rooms- CLM.D010A, CLM.D010B, CLM.D202, CLM.D302, CLM.D308, CLM.D309, CLM.D402, CLM.D502, CLM.D602, CLM.D702, OLD.1.26, OLD.1.27, OLD.1.28, OLD.1.29, OLD.3.24, OLD.3.25.  The organiser of the event should be contacted if you wish to book a hearing loop for any of these rooms.