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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
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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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82 portraits and a summer exhibition

I live in Australia so it is always a thrill to visit the Royal Academy. To be there in June for David Hockney 82 Portraits AND The Summer Exhibition was a bonus indeed. The... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I live in Australia so it is always a thrill to visit the Royal Academy. To be there in June for David Hockney 82 Portraits AND The Summer Exhibition was a bonus indeed. The approach from Piccadilly houses a 'moving sculpture' cleverly made of steel rusted by the elements. To stand and watch the sculpture moving is like watching a... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Burlington House is a lovely building round a beautiful courtyard. We would recommend the Hockney exhibition of portraits of his family and friends. Each of them was painted over a period of three days with the sitters in the same chair in his studio ,so this gave a unifying theme to the exhibition.

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Hockney. I hope you can visit the RA again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my 19 yr old daughter to the Summer Exhibition as she was keen to see the variety of work on display. We were impressed with the general lay out as the rooms were light & spacious. The artworks were diverse including paintings, sculpture & photography. We were most impressed by the work and would recommend a visit. Most inspiring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First time visit, would definitely come again. Unusual sculpture outside and some great pieces inside. Lovely bar for a short rest in between. Friendly and helpful staff

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the RA to view the annual Summer Exhibition with the bonus showing of David Hockney's "82 Portraits and 1 Still Life". This is a stunningly colourful set of portraits by the foremost artist of our generation. My favourite portrait was the one of Barrie Humphries but the others are spectacular too. Definitely worth a visit. The gift shop... More 

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

Dear Ann, thank you for taking the time to share your review. I am really pleased you enjoyed the Hockney Portraits and the Summer Exhibition. They are both such colourful shows! We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Royal Academy is always a treat...especially if you are a friend and have access to the friends rooms and restaurant. The exhibitions always worth seeing. We had a splendid visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a member of the Friends of this institution (expensive, but worthwhile) I made the effort to attend the annual Summer Exhibition. It's difficult to appreciate the thousands of works on display at busy times so it is better to visit earlier in the week, or at least later in the day, when there will be fewer people to get... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to see the summer exhibition. It was most interesting with a wide variety of art available to view. Something for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This most prestigious academy projects the best in the artists . Any aspiring artist will have a dream of having his / her work excited here . The most famous and the best known place in world of arts will find a way here . There is entry fee . A charming cafe located within the premises will treat you... More 

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Thank you for your lovely review. I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Royal Academy. I hope you are able to visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've grown to like this yearly event where every artist makes a chance of having his/her work selected for a temporary Summer exhibition at the Academy. It gives an enormous variation and cross section of tastes and styles. Something there for everyone!

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Dear Henry, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. I am really pleased you enjoyed your visit. The photos are great too! Many thanks, Kate More 

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