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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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Warwick Lane, London, E4
Friends privately tour the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, one of the most ancient City of London livery companies, receiving its first Royal Charter from Henry V in 1416.
£30. Friends only.
Meet on Piccadilly near the RA for coach
Stratfield Saye was given by the nation to the first Duke of Wellington for his victory at Waterloo.
£84. Friends only.
Wapping High St, London, E1W
This quirky museum is home to an eclectic collection of police uniforms, equipment and documents that relate to the history of the world’s first organised police force, the Thames River Police.
£18. Friends only.
Directions with ticket
This guided tour for Friends explores the history of this world-famous arts centre.
£22. Friends only.
Charterhouse Square, London, EC1
Join us for our popular annual tour of this historic palace.
£28. Friends only.
Gorhambury was built in the 18th century by Robert Taylor, replacing old Gorhambury House, home to philosopher and writer Francis Bacon.
£88. Friends only.
Highgate West Cemetery, Swains Lane, London, N6
We return to Highgate Cemetery for a guided tour of the private west section, which includes the atmospheric Lebanon Circle Vaults, Egyptian Avenue and Terrace Catacombs.
£27. Friends only.
Meet in the courtyard of Burlington House
On this exclusive tour with the Head of Collections, we learn about the history of the Society of Antiquaries.
Our tour of Packington Hall with the owner, Lord Aylesford, reveals fine interiors designed by Bonomi in 1772, paintings by Rigaud, grounds landscaped by Capability Brown and one of the most unique classical churches in Britain.
£140. Friends only.
Russell Square, London, WC1
Join us for a guided tour exploring Bloomsbury’s rich Art Deco heritage, including Charles Holden’s iconic Senate House, the former Daimler car hire garage and a reconverted petrol station.
Directions with ticket.
In celebration of the RA’s ‘Daniel Maclise: Waterloo Cartoon’ exhibition, RA Friends have an unique opportunity to visit the magnificent final murals in the Royal Gallery of the House of Lords, as part of an art and architecture tour of this iconic institution.
£58. Friends only.
Meet at Bermondsey Tube station, London, SE1.
This tour, led by representatives from the Brunel Museum, takes in the rich maritime history of Rotherhithe and an exclusive visit to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel.
Meet at Information Desk at the British Library, Euston Road, NW1
The British Library is one of the world’s largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items. Friends tour the building and by special arrangement visit the conservation studio.
£32. Friends only.
Meet at cemetery’s main entrance, directions with ticket
As one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries in London, West Norwood is a site of major historical, architectural and ecological interest with some of the finest sepulchral monuments in London.
£16. Friends only.
Temple, London, EC4
Built by the Knights Templar, Temple Church is one of the only three surviving Norman round churches in England.
£67. Friends only.
Originally a Tudor manor house, Lamport Hall was the home of the Isham family for over four centuries and is idyllically situated in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.
Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
Friends of the RA can enjoy exclusive access to the galleries in this late night opening of ‘Ai Weiwei’.
Free, no booking required. Friends only.
Meet at Chelsea Gate, Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3
By popular demand, Friends return to the Royal Hospital Chelsea to reveal the public and private side of this historic building. Led by the ‘men in scarlet’, Friends tour the Hospital, and by special arrangement, the State Apartments.
Meet at Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW3
The Royal Court is Britain’s leading company dedicated to new work by national and international writers. Friends enjoy a talk on the Royal Court Theatre’s architecture, followed by a backstage tour of this world famous playhouse.
Meet at 104 Pall Mall, 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.
Founded in 1572, Harrow School is one of England’s most prestigious public schools.
£53. Friends only.
Meet at 8 Canada Square, E14
Friends enjoy an evening visit to HSBC’s corporate art collection, which is rich in both Chinese and British art.
Meet at 82 St Marychurch Street, SE16 (directions with ticket)
Friends tour Sands Films, one of the UK’s leading period costumiers. Also a film studio, the workshops are housed in a former granary on the banks of the Thames in Rotherhithe.
Meet at Advance Ticket Desk, Level G, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y
Friends explore the Barbican Centre, and discover the fascinating history behind its conception and creation.
£26. Friends only.
Meet at All Saints Church, Margaret Street, W1
All Saints Church is a stunning example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Friends enjoy a talk and tour with Alan Moses, vicar of All Saints.
Founded in 1949 the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery houses one of the best collections of fine and decorative arts from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
£85. Friends only.
Meet at 10 St Ann’s Street, SW1
The City of Westminster Archive Centre houses a rare and extensive collection relating to Westminster past and present.
£17. Friends only.
Our festive tour this year takes us to the magnificent Penshurst Place which has been home to kings and noblemen for over 650 years.
£90. Friends only.
Royal Academy of Arts and St James's Church, Piccadilly, W1
Please join us for our Christmas Carols evening at St James’s Church, Piccadilly with festive readings by Royal Academicians and special guests, favourite carols for all to sing and additional choral splendour from the chamber choir, Vivamus.
£35 (Reception and Carol Service). £20 (Carol Service only). Friends only.