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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6 Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts.
The RA is currently undergoing one of the biggest physical changes in our history. Step behind the scenes for a glimpse at the work in progress on one of our last open-access building tours.
Free, booking required. RA250 Friends and Supporters only.
Meet outside Chancery Lane station
Join us to walk the streets of Charles Dickens’s London, in a tour led by his great-great-great-granddaughter, Lucinda Hawksley.
Meet at The Lords Tavern, St John's Wood Rd, London, NW8. The Tavern is a 10-minute walk from St John's Wood tube station.
Join fellow Friends for a tour of “the home of cricket”, with a special introduction to the works of art held in the clubhouse from the curator of collections, Adam Chadwick.
£30. Includes coffee and biscuits at the Lord's Tavern.
The Academicians’ Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts
We’re honoured to welcome Auntie Flo back to the decks in the Academicians’ Room for more great fusions of world influences and sophisticated dance music.
Free, booking required.
Meet at The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, London SW1Y.
Widely regarded as one of the finest Victorian buildings in the country, this palatial masterpiece by Sir Charles Barry has remained largely unchanged since it was opened in 1841.
£30. Includes coffee/tea at the end of the tour.
Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Enjoy an exclusive private view of the legendary art collection of Charles I away from the crowds with live music, themed food and drinks available to purchase.
£25/£50 VIP. Includes a welcome drink.
Meet at Fishmongers' Hall, north side of London Bridge on the corner with Upper Thames Street, EC4R 9EL
The worshipful company of Fishmongers is one of the top five Great Livery Companies of the City of London and amongst the most ancient of the City Guilds, founded over 700 years ago.
£35. Includes tea/coffee on arrival.
Walk the streets of Charles Dickens’ London, in a tour led by his great-great-great-granddaughter, Lucinda Hawksley.
The Academicians' Room, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Clare Balding OBE joins Mary Nightingale for the eighth in our series of conversations, in which the ITV journalist and broadcaster talks to inspiring individuals in the cultural world.
Meet outside AB Fine Art Foundry, 1 Fawe St, London E14.
Friends are invited to a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of one of Europe’s leading fine art foundries, AB Fine Art.
Meet outside the National Portrait Gallery, Orange Street entrance, London WC2H
Discover the treasures of the National Portrait Gallery’s Archive and Library, in our exclusive tour led by Senior Archive and Library Manager, Bryony Millan.
Highgate West Cemetery, Swains Lane, London N6. Full directions with ticket.
Join fellow Friends for a guided tour of the private West Cemetery at Highgate, with its atmospheric Lebanon Circle Vaults, Egyptian Avenue and recently opened Terrace Catacombs.
£28. Friends of the RA only.
Meet outside Chelsea Arts Club, 143 Old Church Street, London SW3
Friends are invited to the Chelsea Arts Club for an exclusive tour led by Club Secretary, Geoffrey Matthews.
In the next of our series of curated events, the Academicians’ Room will be filled with poetry by some of the UK’s most exciting young poets.
£15. Open to members of the Academicians' Room, Friends of the RA and the general public.
Meet RA representatives and the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note the coach will depart promptly at the time given on your ticket.
We visit the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate to view a major exhibition exploring the relationship between T. S. Eliot’s seminal poem and the visual arts, and enjoy lunch in the Foyle Rooms at the gallery overlooking the sea.
£90. Includes coach, coffee/tea and biscuits, 2-course set lunch with glass of wine
Near Kingston-upon-Thames. Full directions will be sent with tickets
Join Friends for our exclusive tour of the former home of art collector Stanley Picker and discover his astonishing collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture.
£28. Includes coffee, tea and biscuits.
15 Garrick Street, WC2
Friends visit the Garrick Club, home to the largest and most significant collection of British theatrical works of art in the world.
£36. Includes coffee, tea and biscuits.
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of our ‘Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE’ exhibition before it opens to the public.
Celebrate the opening of the New RA and enjoy the premiere exhibition ‘Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE’ at this special preview for RA250 Friends, RA250 Supporters and the Academicians’ Room members.
Free, Academicians' Room members and RA250 Friends and Supporters only. To book please call 020 7300 8090
Glebe Place, Chelsea. Full directions with ticket.
Join us for a very exclusive visit to the only building in London designed by the Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Meet outside Twickenham Train Station, London Road, London TW1
The RA invites Friends to a rare opportunity to see Alexander Pope’s original grotto in a tour by the Thames in Twickenham, led by local historian and expert, Mike Cherry.
Join the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at [time]
Join us on a trip to Allington Castle in Kent, a delightful 12th-century castle that is fully furnished in line with its medieval origins and rarely open to the public.
£85. Includes coach travel, a two-course set lunch with glass of wine, tea and cake.
Southill Park, Bedfordshire
Southill has been the private home of the Whitbread family of brewers for over 200 years. Join this private tour of their house, rarely open to the public, to view their fine art collection with the current owner, Mr Charles Whitbread, and archivist James Collet-White
£70. Includes coach travel, tea, coffee and cake.
Main Galleries and 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 the Summer Exhibition 2018, before it is open to the public.
Free. Friends of the RA and members of the Academicians' Room only.
The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Weston Rooms and Galleries I and II, Burlington House
Join us for an exclusive preview of the ‘The Great Spectacle’ before it opens to the public.
Join the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at 12.30pm.
Created between 1738 and 1773 by the Hon. Charles Hamilton, Painshill Park is considered to be England’s most elegant 18th-century landscaped garden.
£58. Includes coach travel and cream tea.
Meet at 82 St Marychurch Street, SE16. Full directions with ticket.
Join us for a tour of Sands Films, one of the UK’s leading period costumiers. Also a working film studio, the workshops are housed in a former granary on the banks of the Thames in Rotherhithe.
Meet at 45 Melbourne Grove, London SE22. Full directions with ticket.
The House of Dreams Museum opens exclusively to RA Friends for an intimate evening with artist Stephen Wright.
£28. Includes a glass of wine or bottle of beer.
Near Tottenham Court Road, W1T. Full directions with ticket.
Join Friends for a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Government Art Collection at its headquarters in Tottenham Court Road.
£28. Includes wine and nibbles on arrival.
Meet outside Leathersellers’ Hall, 7 St Helen's Place, London EC3A.
Friends enjoy a special tour of the newly completed Leathersellers’ Hall, recently redesigned by architect Eric Parry RA, who leads the tour alongside Company Archivist, Jerome Farrell.
Southside House, Wimbledon. Full directions with ticket.
Enjoy evening drinks and a private curator-led tour of Southside House, a wonderfully eccentric mansion described by Simon Jenkins as “not a work of art, but something more precious”.
£36. Includes a glass of prosecco and nibbles.
Meet RA representatives and coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will depart promptly at 10am.
Enjoy a private visit to Kelmscott Manor, the Arts and Crafts-style Grade II-listed farmhouse that was the country home of the writer, designer and socialist, William Morris.
£95. Includes coach travel, two-course set lunch with a glass of wine and a cream tea.
Following our very successful visit to Shropshire last October, we return to the magnificent stately home Weston Park for two nights, to explore their collections more fully and to visit two more of Shropshire’s private country houses.
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Artistic Director Tim Marlow introduces the 2019 exhibition programme, revealing what’s coming up at the RA.
Free, booking required. RA250 Supporters and Patrons only.