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Main entrance to Abney Park Cemetery, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
Join fellow Friends on a guided tour of this atmospheric cemetery, which was created in 1840 as one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ private cemeteries.
£26. Includes coffee, tea and biscuits.
Meet at the visitor entrance of the Palace of Westminster. Full directions with ticket.
The Parliamentary Art Collection’s Deputy Curator, Melanie Unwin, hosts a private evening tour of this intriguing exhibition, covering the campaign for votes for women and their representation in Parliament.
Enter the Hall via the Clerk's Entrance, Throgmorton Avenue off Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2DQ
Archivist Penny Fussell leads a tour of the magnificent Drapers’ Hall, which has some of the most sumptuous interiors of all the ancient Livery Halls in London.
£28. Includes coffee, tea and biscuits on arrival.
The London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F
Join Friends for our special behind-the-scenes tour of the London Palladium, covering the social, architectural and performance history of this iconic building.
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 at the North Crypt door of the Cathedral, ready for entry at 6pm.
RA Friends are invited personally by the Dean of Chapter for a private evening visit to the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, to view the cathedral’s newest contemporary art commission painted by Hughie O’Donoghue RA.
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.
Unit 44, Spaces Business Centre, Ingate Place, London SW8 3NS
Visit the working studio of the Carvers and Gilders and see examples and demonstrations of their masterful work.
Meet outside the Citizen M Hotel, Trinity Square, by Tower Hill tube station, London EC3N 4DJ.
One extraordinary man was eye-witness to some of London’s most tumultuous events. Join our guided walking tour through Restoration London with Samuel Pepys and his famous diaries as our inspiration.
£36. Includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink at the end of our tour.
The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8NB
Enjoy a unique backstage tour of The Old Vic, described by The Stage as ‘London’s most eclectic theatre’.
Meet at Hampstead tube station, outside the High Street entrance. The tour finishes at the Isokon Gallery, near Belsize Park tube station.
Join our guided tour and discover the revolutionary modernist homes and idealistic architecture that defined leafy Hampstead in the 1930s.
£65. Includes light lunch, glass of wine, tea and coffee and a private introduction to the Isokon Gallery.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD
Join us for a private curator talk at the Goldsmith Centre’s ‘Made for the Table’ exhibition and enjoy a special gold and silver inspired afternoon tea, all washed down with a cold glass of prosecco.
£55. Includes a private curator talk about the 'Made for the Table' exhibition and a special afternoon tea celebrating silver and gold with savoury and sweet selections and a glass of prosecco.
Riverside, 22 Hester Rd, London SW11 4AN
Friends get a glimpse into the creative process of Foster + Partners in this special evening hosted by Head of Design and Royal Academician, Spencer de Grey.
£35, includes a glass of wine.
Mail Rail, 15-20 Phoenix Place. London WC1X 0DF
Join fellow Friends for a visit to London’s newest museum, which brings five centuries of communications history to life.
£45. Includes entry to the permanent collection following the tour and tea or coffee.
Meet at Bermondsey Tube station, London, SE1
Take a tour of the rich maritime history of Rotherhithe and enjoy an exclusive visit to Brunel’s famous Thames Tunnel.
Join the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at 9am and return to London around 7.30pm, depending on traffic.
Set in magnificent landscaped parkland, Wilton House has been the Earl of Pembroke’s ancestral home for over 450 years and contains one of the finest art collections in Europe.
£110. Includes coach travel, coffee on arrival, lunch, a glass of wine and a cream tea.
Meet on Piccadilly near the RA for the coach.
By popular demand, Friends return to Red House in Bexleyheath, the only house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts & Crafts movement.
£52, includes coach and coffee.
Meet the RA representative in the entrance hall of Blackfriars tube station, on the north side of Blackfriars Bridge.
Join fellow Friends for a fascinating walking tour around Blackfriars and Bankside to discover the sites where the Bard performed and sold his plays.
£65. Includes a set lunch with wine and coffee at The Swan Bar at the Globe and private entry to the Rose Playhouse.
Meeting point to be confirmed
Friends visit iconic monuments dedicated to or by women in this specially curated walking tour, from the heart of the West End to the Thames.
Meet RA representatives and the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note: the coach will leave promptly at 9am
In celebration of the RA’s 250th anniversary, we visit the homes of two of the RA’s most famous Academicians.
£98. Includes coach, morning coffee and biscuits, a two-course set lunch, a glass of wine and a cream tea
49 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QZ
The official residence of the Argentine Ambassador to the UK opens its doors to Friends of the RA for this exclusive private tour.
Armourers' Hall, Coleman Street, London, 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
Meet outside visitor entrance to the Palace of Westminster. Full directions with ticket.
Join Friends for a guided tour at the Palace of Westminster focusing on the art and architecture of the House of Lords.
£58. Includes champagne and nibbles following the tour.
Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2. Full directions with ticket.
Join Friends for a rare private tour of the former home of art collector Stanley Picker and discover his astonishing collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture.
18 Stafford Terrace, London, W8
Friends tour 18 Stafford Terrace, a uniquely preserved example of a late Victorian townhouse that was once the home of the renowned ‘Punch’ cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne.