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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
020 7300 8000
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Ranked #212 of 1,098 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Educational Sites
Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million... more » Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Hello back room in the Royal Academy of Arts. This was a fun little surprise for an hour. We were taken to a table and intensely taught for one hour about martini making. And to my surprise it was great fun. You get to learn to say exactly how you like your martini – shaken or stirred – what parts... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Although I have lived in London for over 50 years and have visited all the major art galleries not only in London but in many other parts of the world I have never visited the Summer Exhibition before. Because two of my daughters study art I have a personal interest in developments in the art world and have visited a... More

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Haverfordwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

A great day out in a delightful setting. The joy of this exhibition is that there is something for everyone, although I do feel too there is an element of 'the Emperor's New Clothes'! In fact, some of the rather 'questionable' art on display seemed to have received a special prize - all offered for sale at the price of... More

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

...is always worth visiting. The sheer variety (and, although this is obviously a subjective opinion, quality) of what is on show is amazing. Allow plenty of time to browse - and possibly buy.

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Maidehead UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My first visit to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. The building itself is splendid and a work of art in itself. The exhibition is a real mixed bag and I have to say that a great deal of it was not to my taste, however I did enjoy some of the paintings and sculptures. Much of it was, in my... More

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potton bedfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great day out loved every minute will go again next year , great to see new artists being shown in such a prestigious venue

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Ware, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This bar is in the main building to the side of the Academy. We went there for drinks as a starter to our evening. It is lovey and relaxing. There is a very nice outside area, which was packed. We sat inside and had a lovely bottle of wine. I would recommend this place for a nice change and treat.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Lots to see at Summer Exhibition, if not much to my taste. Some interesting social commentary images amongst Dennis Hopper photos. Also some candid, behind the scenes images as well as images of famous people which you would expect. Highlight for me is they screen two of his movies - Easy Rider and The Lost Movie through the day. Almost... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A friend is a Friend of the Royal Academy so she invited me to join her to view this year's summer exhibition. As a Friend she gets various benefits, one of which is access to a fabulous bar which has a peaceful courtyard in the basement. The exhibition is always a bit eclectic which is what is so fascinating. I... More

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited the Summer Exhibition for our young daughter who is a budding artist. Would thoroughly recommend as there were displays of much more colourful and modern art than in some of the other London art galleries. My wife and I aren't arty in any way, but it was really interesting to wander round and see the vast array of different... More

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