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 Sackler Wing, Burlington House
Friends of the RA are invited to an exclusive Preview of ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’ before it opens to the public. In this exhibition, the theatrical, the satirical and the macabre come together in arresting fashion in the art of James Ensor.
Free, booking essential. Friends only.
Join the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at 10am.
Enjoy a private visit to the beautiful Kelmscott Manor, the country home of William Morris, with a specially arranged opportunity to see Morris’s personal books.
£88 (includes coach, two course lunch, glass of wine, tea and cake). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet at The Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4ER
A rare opportunity to tour this quintessential private members’ club and learn about its colourful and fascinating history.
£30 (includes coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet outside Woolwich Arsenal DLR station.
Join fellow Friends on this walking tour of the historic Royal Arsenal, where Friends discover the history of the Woolwich site from Roman times, through the First World War to the present day.
£28 (includes a cup of tea or coffee, pint of beer or glass of wine). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet at the Linnean Society, Burlington House, W1J
The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Enjoy a talk on the history of the society and view treasures from the specimens and documents in the strongroom.
£24. Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet at Vintners' Hall, Upper Thames Street, London, EC4. The entrance to the Hall is on the corner of Queen Street and Upper Thames Street, on the north side of Southwark Bridge
One of the twelve Great Livery Companies, for centuries Vintners’ Hall has been known for its involvement in the importation, regulation and sale of wine.
£32 (includes glass of wine). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet at the Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF. Nearest station: London Bridge.
Join fellow Friends for a lively evening at the Fashion and Textile Museum’s ‘1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs’ exhibition with an introductory talk from the curator.
£28. Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet in the entrance hall of Blackfriars tube station, at the north end of Blackfriars Bridge
To mark the 400th year since the death of William Shakespeare, join fellow Friends for this fascinating walking tour of sites where the Bard sold his plays around Bankside and Blackfriars.
£60 (includes two-course set lunch, glass of wine, coffee/tea and entrance to the Rose Playhouse). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House
Jonathon Jones, the botanist and MD of Tregothnan Trading, has pioneered growing camelia sinensis (tea bush) in the UK. In this talk, he tells the story of how Tregothnan came to grow the most British tea in history. The discussion will be followed by a tea tasting.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, the Keeper's House
As his book of conversations with David Hockney RA is published, critic Martin Gayford discusses art – and the art of interviewing artists – with Sam Phillips, editor of RA Magazine.
£15, includes a welcome drink.
Meet at the Laban main entrance; directions will be included with your ticket.
Explore the extraordinary Trinity Laban Dance building by Herzog & de Meuron, designed in collaboration with the visual artist Michael Craig-Martin RA.
£19, booking required.
Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends are invited to join us for the East End Film Festival’s second season at the Royal Academy, with the theme of artists and adversity. Here, Anne Wivel explores the challenges faced by an artist whose illness renders him unable to work.
£12 (including popcorn and a drink). Booking required, Friends only.
Join coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at 9am.
Join Friends of the RA for an all day visit to Newmarket’s brand new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, which includes a talk by the centre’s director.
£99 (includes coach, coffee, two-course lunch, glass of wine, tea and cake). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet at Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, E1 8JB. The Hall is between Wapping and Whitechapel, close to the Tower of London. Nearest tube stations: Tower Hill or Aldgate East.
We privately tour this stunning and unique Grade II-listed building to discover its fascinating history and learn about the recently completed repairs and renovations project that won the RIBA London Conservation Award 2016.
£26 (includes coffee, tea and biscuits). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
The National Gallery; meet in the Conference Room, first floor of the Sainsbury Wing.
Join fellow RA Friends for a private morning lecture on the ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ exhibition at the National Gallery, given by art historian and Caravaggio specialist Sian Walters.
£58 (includes coffee, tea and biscuits, private lecture, exhibition entry and audio guide). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
The Keeper’s House Restaurant, Royal Academy of Arts
To coincide with our ‘Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans’ exhibition, Peyton & Byrne has designed a five-course menu of gastronomic delights from Flanders, celebrating Ensor’s Flemish roots.
£65. Includes five-course menu with paired wines.
The Sir Hugh Casson Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts
Did you know that the shape of a glass can change the taste of wine? Friends are invited to join a masterclass with Riedel, where you will taste new and old-world wines in specially crafted glasses. At the end of the masterclass, you can keep your glass set to take home.
£80 (including Riedel glass set). Booking required, Friends only.
St Paul's Cathedral, EC4. Meet on the steps of the West Portico. Nearest tube station: St Paul's.
Explore areas of the building not normally seen by the public on this private Triforium tour of St Paul’s Cathedral.
£36. Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Main galleries and Sackler galleries, Burlington House
Taking inspiration from the theatrical, satirical and macabre art of James Ensor, we invite Friends to join us for an evening of art historian-led exhibition tours, live Flemish-inspired music and a taste of Belgium’s famed cuisine.
£25. Includes welcome drink.
Meet at HSBQ HQ, 8 Canada Square, E14.
Learn more about the role and scope of corporate art collections by joining Friends on this private tour of HSBC’s fabulous art collection.
£30 (includes glass of wine and nibbles). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Meet at 37 Spital Square, E1.
Join fellow Friends for a talk about the history and work of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings by Director Matthew, followed by a tour of the society’s wonderful Huguenot-era building in Spital Square.
£30 (includes glass of wine). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Join the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at 9am.
Our festive tour this year takes us once again to the magnificent Penshurst Place, home to kings and noblemen for over 650 years. This year’s visit includes a special tour of St John the Baptist Church at Penshurst.
£94 (includes coach, coffee, lunch, glass of wine, tea & mince pies). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
John Madjeski Fine Rooms at Burlington House, followed by a carol service at St James's Church, Piccadilly
Please join us for our Friends Christmas Carols evening beginning with a drinks reception at Burlington House, followed by carols and festive readings by Royal Academicians and special guests at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.
£37 (includes drinks reception and carol service), £20 (includes carol service only). Booking required, Patrons and Friends only.
Royal Academy of Arts
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
before it is open to the public. One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this
powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world
history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.
The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
We invite Friends of the RA to join us for an exclusive preview of ‘America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s’ before it is open to the public. The art of 1930s America tells the story of a nation in flux. Artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the 20th century’s most powerful art - brought together now in this once-in-a-generation show.
Free, booking recommended. Friends only.
Follow the journey from seeds to bouquets, in this exploration of the world of seasonal British floristry. Discover the challenges of growing, picking and arranging seasonal floristry year-round.