Do I need to book a time slot?
Friends need to book for specific Friends events, public ticketed events and exhibition preview days. For particularly busy exhibitions, we may also ask that Friends book their tickets for the duration of the exhibition, to guarantee entry to the galleries at the desired time. Friends who do not book in advance may be asked to wait for up to an hour during these times.
When we recommend advance booking for Friends, we will advertise this via the website, the RA Magazine, in our e-news communications and through on-site signage. If you are uncertain, you can always contact the Friends team on 0203 700 8090. Read more about our exhibition programme here.
How can I book?
For Friends-only events
To book a Friends-only event or a Friends preview online, click the “Book now” button on the event webpage. You will be asked to login using your email address, post code and membership number. You can find your membership number on your membership card and at the top of every Friends enews. Once logged in, follow the links to add tickets to your order and pay online, if applicable. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email.
For exhibitions and public events
To book an exhibition ticket or an event that is also open to the public, click the “Book now” button on the event webpage. You will see a message at the top of the page asking you to login if you are a Friend of the RA. You must login before adding tickets to your order so the website can identify you as a Friend and offer you the correct ticket options. Once logged in, follow the links to add tickets to your order and pay online, if applicable. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email.
Exhibition tickets are available online up to one hour before entry.
If you have trouble logging in or completing your booking online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7300 8090. Tickets are also available to purchase by calling 020 7300 8090, or by visiting the ticket desk at the RA.
I’m visiting with more than one guest, how do I book tickets for them?
To book additional tickets for exhibitions, follow the directions above. You will be able to add tickets included as part of your membership as well as additional tickets to your order.
At the RA
At the RA, you and your guest will be directed to the ticket collection desk to purchase your additional tickets. You will need to show your Friends card to join this queue. Please note that, for busy exhibitions, we strongly advise buying tickets in advance.
Are carers/facilitators required to buy tickets for the exhibitions and events?
If you are registered disabled, your carer/facilitator may join you in addition to the guests included in your membership. For events and exhibitions, please either add a free ticket for your carer/facilitator to your order when booking online, or let a member of our team know if booking by phone or at the RA.