FARADAY'S TABLE IN THE THEATRE OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTION.
"Plain Michael Faraday" will always be remembered as one of the greatest scientists this country has ever produced, and none was ever better able than he to set forth science in an attractive form to an audience of the uninitiated. His lectures in the plain little theatre of the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street, from behind the table laden with apparatus for experiments, were much frequented, perhaps the most popular of them being "The Chemical History of a Candle". The theatre is remarkable for its admirable acoustic properties and it was here that Faraday, as a boy, first heard Sir Humphrey Davy lecture. Faraday was connected with the Royal Institution from1813 to 1860. He long resided here, and his best research work, resulting in so many important discoveries, was done in its laboratory.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896