Royal Academy of Arts

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Royal Academy of Arts
4.5
Educational sites • Art Museums
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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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The area
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Neighborhood: Mayfair
Set beside some of London's best parks and home to world-class galleries, luxurious hotels, and famed thoroughfares, the ultra upscale Mayfair is one of London's most exclusive haunts. Here the shopping is haute, the dining is exquisite, and the nightlife is vibrant. A casual stroll through the area’s chic streets will reveal that Michelin stars and chauffeured cars are practically the norm here. Even if you're on a tight budget, this exceptionally well connected swath of Central London is worth exploring, if only for the chance to take a peak at the goings on of upper crust English society.
How to get there
  • Green Park • 4 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 5 min walk
Popular mentions

4.5
2,155 reviews
Excellent
1,252
Very good
562
Average
189
Poor
87
Terrible
65

Clare L
Beijing, China41 contributions
Good exhibition, dreadful cafe food
Nov 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed the Summer Exhibition. Not too crowded and they were flexible on the ticket time which was useful. However the cafe food was dreadful. Really not good enough. A dry sandwich with little choice. No hot food.
Using Covid as an excuse doesn't work any more. Poor.
Written November 29, 2021
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Kathy D
London, UK37 contributions
Dreadful cafe
Nov 2021 • Couples
Dreadful cafe. £7 For horrible cold soup and stale bread. They've got a nerve. Find somewhere else for a snack!
Written November 27, 2021
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3,703 contributions
Fantastic Summer Exhibition
Oct 2021 • Friends
The RA is an iconic venue for arts

The summer exhibition this year is magnificent

A grand mix of different genres with something for everyone
Written October 18, 2021
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So glad you enjoyed it! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks, Kate
Written October 19, 2021
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Lee K
Rome, Italy52 contributions
Experience the Summer Exhibition, you’ll not regret it!
Oct 2021 • Couples
The Summer Exhibition never fails to please. The exhibition is always well stewarded and this year is no exception. Lots of staff to answer any queries about the venue and see your safe access.
The exhibition itself never fails to amaze, the exhibits cover all aspects of art, some professional, the majority amateur.
The whole experience is well worth the entrance fee and I always give a donation which supports the future development of art in our country.
Anyone interested in art please go!
Written October 1, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review. And for your generosity in donating! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks, Kate
Written October 14, 2021
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Carole K
41 contributions
David Hockney exhibition
Sep 2021
A wonderfull collection of David Hockneys recent work,vibrant colours and great attention to detail,he has captured visual changes over time on his surroundings.
It's a pity there was no auditory guide available.
Good value ticket at 17 Stirling.
Written September 25, 2021
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stickybowl
London, UK168 contributions
“Art” does not feature in the exhibition title...
Sep 2021
...and it doesn’t feature much in the exhibition, either. Some of the architectural models are worth looking at, but among the hundreds of other pieces there are only a handful of any merit, a number of them Africa-inspired. A few of the rest are innovative, but most derivative and some cases, including most of the textiles, a poor use of the materials from which they are made.
Written September 24, 2021
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stef1926
London, UK334 contributions
Small but hides masterpieces
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a great , peaceful small masterpiece. Few paintings but worth the time to see and then think about. I spend a whole morning there, definitely worth a visit
Written September 23, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks, Kate
Written September 24, 2021
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Louise M
6 contributions
Spring into Autumn
Sep 2021
Whilst living in London, I have found the RA to be one of my favourite haunts and I have enjoyed being a member. I found the Hockney exhibition to be exhilarating and exciting. The beauty and energy of this wonderful selection is breathtaking. This is a real tonic in these difficult times. I visited the Michael Armitage exhibition and the Summer exhibition too but it was Hockney’s depictions of spring that moved me most.
Written September 23, 2021
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Thank you for your kind review and for your support in being a Friend. I'm really pleased you got to enjoy all the shows. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks, Kate
Written September 24, 2021
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK3,844 contributions
Nice Visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
Visited the free element of the Royal Academy. Managed to walk up and get on the day tickets. Visited to see the Constables and Turner.

Was passing Piccadilly and figured it would be nice to have a look. Lunch or coffee would be good as a double date if you were wanting to extend the reach of your visit.

All in all good and worthwhile.
Written September 19, 2021
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marymary27
Scarborough, UK698 contributions
Enjoyed the Jose Pizarro restaurant
Aug 2021 • Friends
I joined a friend to see the Hockney exhibition. We really enjoyed it and had interesting discussions about the works. On leaving the exhibition we arrived outside the Jose Pizarro restaurant. I could not face the serve yourself downstairs restaurant, which I found rather gloomy on a previous visit. And did not want to sit outside near the refreshment van, after too many months of having to do that kind of thing. I offered to treat my friend to a ‘posh’ lunch at the Jose Pizarro restaurant - this was our first get together for some time. The room was very elegant, we had items of tapas, which were all good. Service was friendly too. A couple of items did not appear, but after we enquired they quickly arrived. I noticed that there were a few tables outside the restaurant, where people were having coffees and drinks.
Written September 4, 2021
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