From its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has provided a voice for art and artists. We are an independent charity led by eminent artists and architects—the Royal Academicians—and we pursue our mission through exhibitions, education and debate.
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The College of Arms, 130 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V
Friends privately tour the College of Arms, which has created and maintained official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees since its foundation in 1484.
£38. Includes glass of wine on arrival.
Meet in the foyer of the London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F
Join Friends of the RA on this behind-the-scenes tour of the London Palladium covering the social, architectural and performance history of the building.
Meet at The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, EC1
Led by one of the Charterhouse’s ‘Brothers’, our popular annual tour of this historic palace includes the Courts, Great Hall, Library, Great Chamber and Chapel.
£30. Includes tea in the Old Library.
The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
This tasting is a comprehensive introduction to the world of craft chocolate, paired with carefully selected whiskies.
£40. Includes ten chocolates and three whiskies.
Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Enjoy an exclusive private view of the 249th annual Summer Exhibition away from the crowds, with live music in the courtyard, a DJ in the galleries and themed food and drinks available to purchase.
£25. Includes welcome drink.
Pearson Square, off Mortimer Street, W1T
Join Friends of the RA for a private tour of this stunning grade II-listed chapel, in the heart of London’s historic Fitrovia.
£23. Includes donation to the Fitzrovia Chapel.
Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of ‘Matisse in the Studio’ before it is open to the public. Step into the studio of Henri Matisse, brimming with the artist’s treasured objects.
Free, booking required.
Meet at William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, 531 Forest Rd, E17
Friends privately tour the William Morris Gallery, the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman and socialist.
MoDA Collections Centre, Middlesex University, 9 Boulevard Drive, Beaufort Park, London NW9. Full directions with ticket.
Visit a hidden gem, housing one of the UK’s most comprehensive collections of 19th and 20th-century decorative arts for the home.
The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, the Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Neil Beckett of Beckett’s Gin guides a tasting of small batch gins, distilled and bottled in London. Unique in using handpicked English juniper berries, Beckett’s Gin has a rich story of its British provenance and conservation work.
Meet at Lambeth Palace, corner of Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 (opposite Lambeth Bridge).
Friends privately tour Lambeth Palace, the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, with its 13th-century vaulted crypt and Tudor gatehouse.
£30. Includes tea.
Meet at Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St James's, London SW1.
By popular demand, we return to the magnificent Lancaster House, whose sumptuous Louis XV interiors recently stood in for Buckingham Palace in the award-winning series, ‘The Crown.’
Meet at Level 2 ticket desk Royal Festival Hall. Directions will be included with your ticket.
This guided tour for Friends looks behind the scenes of this world-famous arts centre.
Meet at Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N
Friends discover the history and work of the Arts Workers’ Guild, formed in the Arts and Crafts era, led by architectural historian Alan Powers.
£29. Includes coffee.
Meet at Sandycombe Lodge, Sandycombe Road, TW1. Directions will be included with your ticket.
Friends privately tour Sandycombe Lodge, which was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner.
£32. Includes tea.
The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, the Keeper's House, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Discover six English wines, ideal for the summer months, and learn the story behind England’s growing success as a wine-making country.
£40. Includes tastings of six or seven English wines.
Meet at Towner Gallery, College Rd, Eastbourne BN21. Directions will be included with your ticket. Friends to make independent travel arrangements to Eastbourne.
Join Friends of the RA to enjoy a talk and private curator’s tour of the Towner Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship’. Friends will also be able to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the gallery’s art store, where we view murals from Berwick Church by the Bloomsbury Group artists.
£85. Includes coffee, two course lunch with wine and coffee at The Grand Hotel.
Highgate West Cemetery, Swains Lane, Highgate, N6. Full directions with ticket.
Due to popular demand, we return to Highgate Cemetery for a guided tour of the private West Cemetery and its atmospheric Lebanon Circle Vaults, Egyptian Avenue and recently opened Terrace Catacombs.
Meet at Brooks's Club, St James's Street, London SW1A.
Friends of the RA are invited to tour this exclusive private members’ club situated in the heart of Mayfair, a stone’s throw from the RA.
Meet in reception at 1 Embankment Place, London WC2N.
With the kind permission of the PwC partnership, we are able to offer a special introduction to PwC’s art collection and a tour of the art on display at the recently refurbished Embankment Place, designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell.
£35. Includes drinks and canapés.
Meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields, on the corner where Fournier Street meets Commercial Street, London, E1
Take a walking tour with Friends of the RA around the curious, closed world of early Georgian terraces and grand 17th-century silk weavers’ houses that marks the fault-line between the City and neighbouring Tower Hamlets.
£35. Includes a donation to Christ Church and entry to the Charnel House
Meet at Palace of Westminster (full directions with ticket)
Join fellow Friends for a special guided tour inside one of the most recognised buildings in the world, the Palace of Westminster, and the art collection it houses.
£58. Includes tour, champagne and nibbles.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of ‘Jasper Johns’ before it is open to the public. Jasper Johns is regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s.
Meet at Main Gate, Hampton Court Palace, KT8. Full directions with ticket.
Friends of the RA enjoy a curator’s talk and tour of the Royal School of Needlework, based in Hampton Court Palace, followed by a historical and textile-related tour of Hampton Court.
£92. Includes pub lunch with coffee.
The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools
This exclusive evening event will take you on a journey of operatic excellence in the RA’s historic Life Drawing Room.
£95. Includes drinks reception
Meet at Armourers’ Hall, 81 Coleman St, EC2R
Friends privately tour the home of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Braziers, viewing the company’s exceptional collection of Tudor art and armour.
£28. Includes coffee.
West Norwood, London SE27. Full directions with ticket.
Get an intimate glimpse of the working studio of Royal Academician Humphrey Ocean, Professor of Perspective at the RA Schools, as he opens his studio to a small group of Friends of the RA.
£30, includes tea and biscuits.
Tregothnan and The Oxford Blue collaborate for a workshop on how to make tea-infused cocktails. Using the finest ingredients, they will blend their passions for both tea and cocktail-making in a must-attend event for contemporary cocktail fans and tea lovers alike.
£55. Includes five cocktails.
Meet the RA representative in the entrance hall of Blackfriars underground station, on the north side of Blackfriars Bridge.
Join fellow Friends for a fascinating walking tour of Bankside and Blackfriars. See where the Bard sold his plays, then pay a visit the site of the historic Rose Playhouse.
£60. Includes a light lunch, glass of wine, coffee/tea and entry to the Rose Playhouse.
Weston Rooms, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of the ‘Dalí / Duchamp’ exhibition before it is open to the public.
Main Galleries and The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Enjoy three landmark exhibitions away from the crowds at a special edition of our Friends private views – all in support of our fundraising appeal Make Your Mark.
£50. Includes welcome drink and donation to the Royal Academy capital appeal.
A tour of Shropshire’s finest private houses and collections, curated by the RA Friends’ events team for the Academy’s Friends and Patrons.
Join us for a wine tasting inspired by our exhibitions focusing on American art, including Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’.
£40. Includes tastings of six to seven wines.
To coincide with our celebration of the great American artist Jasper Johns, we take you on an exploration of the evolving world of American craft chocolate, pairing each choice one carefully selected wines.
£40. Includes ten chocolates and five wine tastings.
Meet at Black Rod's entrance, Houses of Parliament, SW1A. Directions will be included with your ticket.
Friends exclusively tour the Parliamentary Archives, learning about the process of the continuing preservation of the records of the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of the ‘Charles I: King and Collector’ before it is open to the public.