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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.
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.
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 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 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.
£90. Includes coach travel, a two-course set lunch with glass of wine, tea and cake.
Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy with a day of architecture activities for families exploring our new premises in Burlington Gardens.
Free, no booking required
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.
Meet in the Front Hall, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly.
A creative workshop inspired by artworks in the 2018 Summer Exhibition.
Free, booking required
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.
CASS Sculpture Foundation, West Sussex
Join us for an artist and curator-led tour of CASS, a charity that has been championing large-scale sculpture since 1992.
£40 per person, includes lunch and travel between CASS and Chichester station. Patrons only.
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.
Meet in the Architecture Room, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly
Explore the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room with this year’s curator Piers Gough RA.
Free with exhibition entry, no booking required.
Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
Join us on a twilight tour to discover Alexander Calder’s new major exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
£60 per person. Patrons only.
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.