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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
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Description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest...
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.
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Great evening with a friend! Arrived for 6pm and it was really quite relaxing strolling around with a lovely glass of chilled Sauvignon! Relaxing music being played in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Great evening with a friend! Arrived for 6pm and it was really quite relaxing strolling around with a lovely glass of chilled Sauvignon! Relaxing music being played in the courtyard! A great oasis in the Friday evening hussle and bussle of London life!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We visit the Summer Exhibition at least once every year. Last year was disappointing: the works were so squished together on the walls which meant crowding everywhere and it was so uncomfortable. This year the works are displayed much more openly. There are fewer per space and the architectural section has been moved to a smaller room, giving plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We loved the summer exhibition - the painted staircase and the vivid colours of some of the rooms - so interesting to look at all the art and see how much it could be bought for. A wonderful tradition - our first visit and will come back. What would have made it even better is if there was a little... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Wanted £24 for 1 adult and 1 child and they were only open another hour. No thank you. Please make your admission price more prominent.

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you did not find our pricing prominent enough. We currently display our prices both on our website and at our on site box office. I will however speak with our marketing team to see how we can improve this; we are aware that we are trying to communicate a lot of information and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The Joseph Cornell 'Wanderlust' exhibition was fascinating and then to go into the Summer Exhibition : Huge, extremely varied good and eccentric in parts but well worth a visit. Allow yourself plenty of time to visit the Royal Academy. Expect to pay and there is also a good gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Fantastic, a great chance to see lots of talented artists, buy originals (from a couple hundred to hundred of thousands pounds) and spend a fabulous day. You can buy a guide in the ticket office that tells you which artists did what. If you see a piece with a red sticker next to it, means it is sold. All photos... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review of the Summer Exhibition. I'm glad you enjoyed it - only two weeks to go until the show closes on Aug 16th. This year seems to be flying by! Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We've been to the RA a number of times before but this is the first time we've seen the Summer Exhibition. The RA is a wonderful place, albeit a tad expensive, its easy to book tickets in advance on-line & it was easy to collect the tickets once we got there. The Exhibition itself comprises 1131 works of art, mostly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Travelled to London to meet friend but thought we'd visit The RA as The Summer Exhibtion was on. If you have never been here before, you should make the journey. I booked timed tickets online, maybe not necessary but it worked out very well. There was no queue as it was procuring with rain but we have been there when... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to review the Royal Academy of Arts. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed the show. We look forward to welcoming you back next year. Many thanks, Kate More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The exhibition is well worth a visit. This years offerings include some thought provoking paintings and beautiful images. Some of the members of the academy offer limited edition prints for tourist consumption.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Went on a free tour of the Academy which was very interesting The docent was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the history of the building The rooms are very beautiful and I especially enjoyed seeing wonderful paintings of past RA members

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Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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