Royal Academy of Arts
Royal Academy of Arts
4.5
10:00 AM - 9:00 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 - 9:00 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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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.
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  • Green Park • 4 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 5 min walk
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  • AmbridgeGirl
    London, United Kingdom1,029 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent exhibitions.
    Visited the Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers exhibition and the Summer Exhibition. Enjoyed both exhibitions which were both very different but excellent. It was quite busy but not too crowded. Lots of staff around to help. Bought SGDLTR posters which will be framed. Highly recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art for everyone!
    I believe that is a truly superb art institution. It was the first official art school of Britain. It holds some wonderful temporary art exhibitions. Prominent among these are the Summer Exhibitions which showcase the works of prominent as well as upcoming artists. The Academy is located in the historic Burlington House in Piccadilly. The building has beautiful statues on its facade. I love it because Free Art was opened to public for the first time here. This was done to increase the art appreciation in the common man. At times works of masters like Gainsborough and Michelangelo are also displayed in this institute. Travelling exhibitions of Greek and Roman Statues are also held here. You have to buy the tickets for these special exhibitions.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Rajesh Parmar
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom1,357 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Summer Exhibition buy a wine and walk around the show too.
    I came to see Summer Exhibition. I got off at Green Park underground station just few minutes walk. I did like it very much also There give me a mini book with number of the art and prices. Other room you can buy wine and walk around the room with wine in your hand. I did enjoyed the show very much.
    Thank you for your lovely review. I'm really pleased you enoyed the show. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks, Kate
    Written 7 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Museuman
    London, United Kingdom32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressionists on paper -- and in reality.
    Remarkable to see so many familiar compositions, but on paper rather than canvas. As my special interest is cross-cultural influences there were a few high points. Along with the obvious Orient-inspired delights of Degas and Van Gogh, there is the less legendary Jean-Louis Forain. Well known for his Japanese influences, his fan painting owes a debt to Chinese tradition as well. It also has a very seasonal look. The dog is especially charming and sums up the title of the work “A walk in the snow” (circa 1885).
    Thank you for your review. I'm pleased you enjoyed the exhibition - I love the work of the dog too! I hope you are able to visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate
    Written 5 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Menekag
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,922 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous architecture and an amazing place for art lovers
    One of my favourite places in London despite not having too many pieces in the permanent collection. There are a few note worth paintings and a michael Angelo sculpture but not too many. There were a couple of exhibitions when we visited but they didn’t intrigue me enough to visit. That being said, I followed course a couple years back and that was just an amazing experience. I love visiting their gift shop. Always find little gift items and souvenirs.
    Thank you so much Meneka. I hope you are able to visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate
    Written 5 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom9,691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Unexpected Break From the Rain
    Even in August you cannot escape heavy showers of rain in London. I was walking along Piccadilly and sought refuge inside the Royal Academy Of Arts. The building is a magnificent piece of architecture Bothe on the exterior and interior of the building. The Academy is free to enter apart from special exhibitions where a charge is made. There are some great free exhibits to view and a cafe for coffee and cake. Well with a visit if you are on Piccadilly.
    I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I hope you can come back again (whether rain or shine!) Thanks, Kate
    Written 6 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Jannerbloke
    Plymouth, United Kingdom13,216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two spectacularly good experiences.
    Came this week to catch the Impressionists on Paper during its last week, and the beginning of the Entangled Past exhibition. Not remotely disappointed, both were a fresh take on important areas and not surprisingly there were busy crowds but not so great as to seriously inhibit a proper view of everything. Set aside at least an hour for each to absorb and get the best of it. Regret we we didn’t have sufficient energy or time to look at the Kauffman. Just as well the Friends catering and hospitality works so well here. The Tavares Strachan sculpture in the entrance courtyard, ‘The First Supper (Galaxy Black)’ is a perfect greeting and wonderfully executed huge piece as you come in off the street.
    Thank you for your lovely review! Many thanks, Kate
    Written 6 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Sue
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful exhibition and incredible building
    Came in to see Impressionists on Paper. Beautiful exhibition, good descriptions in the guide book. Quite busy but probably because it closes soon. This is also a very interesting building to look around with incredible architecture inside and out. Only slight criticism was being charged a ‘service charge’ in the poster cafe when we had queued at the counter to order two teas, which we then had to stand in the corridor to drink as no spaces available to sit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,975 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressionists on Paper
    This is an impressionist "light" exhibition with charcoal and pencil drawings not devoid of colour but without the magnificence of the traditional paintings. Even so the various artist's style is easily recognisable. The exhibition is well set out with adequate but not overwhelming descriptions on the wall. There are 3 large rooms but in some ways a fleeting view is needed. So it will not really take more than an hour to view. It was not crowded when we visited on a weekday morning.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I'm pleased you enjoyed the show. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many thanks, Kate
    Written 18 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
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Sue Mac
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Came to final day of Entangled Pasts exhibition, which I had really been looking forward to. Really disappointed- not in the content (as far as I could see), but the display. Such small writing for the descriptions on the walls,and also in the written information handed out. I gave up with the poems leaflet, which was minuscule! I am not visually disabled, but need different glasses for distance and reading. I attend lots of exhibitions, and usually manage fine. But this was hopeless! I wasn’t alone, as several people saw me squinting and said they were struggling too. It just wasn’t possible to get close enough to read. Headsets may have helped - I appreciate that there was a link at some points for phones, but I didn’t have ear connection with me. On reflection, I made a mistake in going on final day as it was absolutely packed. I’ve not been to RA for some time and, based on this experience, I won’t be returning
Written 28 April 2024
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Thank you for your review. I'm really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience. I will pass on your feedback around text legibility to our exhibition team. I was also sorry to hear you found it too busy. The first and last few weekends of a show tend to be the busiest. However Friday evenings (we open until 9pm) are a little quieter. If you would like to speak further please feel free to contact me directly on kate.topham@royalacademy.org.uk Meanwhile I hope that you do decide to return. We've a really exciting mix of exhibitions in our upcoming programme. It would be great to have you there. Thanks for getting in touch, Kate
Written 3 May 2024
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is an impressionist "light" exhibition with charcoal and pencil drawings not devoid of colour but without the magnificence of the traditional paintings. Even so the various artist's style is easily recognisable. The exhibition is well set out with adequate but not overwhelming descriptions on the wall. There are 3 large rooms but in some ways a fleeting view is needed. So it will not really take more than an hour to view. It was not crowded when we visited on a weekday morning.
Written 8 March 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I'm pleased you enjoyed the show. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many thanks, Kate
Written 18 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sue
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Came in to see Impressionists on Paper. Beautiful exhibition, good descriptions in the guide book. Quite busy but probably because it closes soon.
This is also a very interesting building to look around with incredible architecture inside and out.
Only slight criticism was being charged a ‘service charge’ in the poster cafe when we had queued at the counter to order two teas, which we then had to stand in the corridor to drink as no spaces available to sit.
Written 7 March 2024
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Lin B
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
There should have been context for the exhibition throughout. The poems and observations (on leaflet) should have been clearly displayed alongside the paintings (& bust) to offer meaning regarding the 'unnamed' protagonists. The placards were academic gibberish. I felt that the heart of the exhibition had been lost in the RA format. Unless you read the leafllet (which was tucked away), you wouldn't have understood why they were showing slaveowner-commissioned paintings (Conway and East India Company). There were some great pearls too. I just think ithat the RA academic format did not give a chance for the art to breathe.
Written 6 March 2024
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Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit to the Royal Academy and that you felt the meaning of the show was lost. I hope you are able to visit us in the future and find something more to your liking. Many thanks, Kate
Written 18 March 2024
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Came this week to catch the Impressionists on Paper during its last week, and the beginning of the Entangled Past exhibition. Not remotely disappointed, both were a fresh take on important areas and not surprisingly there were busy crowds but not so great as to seriously inhibit a proper view of everything. Set aside at least an hour for each to absorb and get the best of it. Regret we we didn’t have sufficient energy or time to look at the Kauffman. Just as well the Friends catering and hospitality works so well here. The Tavares Strachan sculpture in the entrance courtyard, ‘The First Supper (Galaxy Black)’ is a perfect greeting and wonderfully executed huge piece as you come in off the street.
Written 6 March 2024
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Thank you for your lovely review! Many thanks, Kate
Written 6 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Even in August you cannot escape heavy showers of rain in London. I was walking along Piccadilly and sought refuge inside the Royal Academy Of Arts.
The building is a magnificent piece of architecture Bothe on the exterior and interior of the building. The Academy is free to enter apart from special exhibitions where a charge is made. There are some great free exhibits to view and a cafe for coffee and cake. Well with a visit if you are on Piccadilly.
Written 2 March 2024
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I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. I hope you can come back again (whether rain or shine!) Thanks, Kate
Written 6 March 2024
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MCC
South West England, UK511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The ambience, art and architecture of the place is superb. This time the installation by Tavares Strachan in the square entitled The First Supper (Galaxy Black) 2023 in bronze, black patina and gold leaf celebrates the act of sharing a meal.
Written 1 March 2024
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many thanks, Kate
Written 6 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Menekag
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,922 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
One of my favourite places in London despite not having too many pieces in the permanent collection. There are a few note worth paintings and a michael Angelo sculpture but not too many. There were a couple of exhibitions when we visited but they didn’t intrigue me enough to visit.

That being said, I followed course a couple years back and that was just an amazing experience. I love visiting their gift shop. Always find little gift items and souvenirs.
Written 11 January 2024
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Thank you so much Meneka. I hope you are able to visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate
Written 5 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Museuman
London, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Remarkable to see so many familiar compositions, but on paper rather than canvas. As my special interest is cross-cultural influences there were a few high points.

Along with the obvious Orient-inspired delights of Degas and Van Gogh, there is the less legendary Jean-Louis Forain. Well known for his Japanese influences, his fan painting owes a debt to Chinese tradition as well. It also has a very seasonal look. The dog is especially charming and sums up the title of the work “A walk in the snow” (circa 1885).
Written 29 December 2023
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Thank you for your review. I'm pleased you enjoyed the exhibition - I love the work of the dog too! I hope you are able to visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate
Written 5 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pen_James
London, UK14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Arts World likes this type of performannce art exhibition. As for members of the public I am not convinced. Would I pay to see an artist exhibiting her self and indulging in her masochism showing when she invited others to inflict pain on her.
Written 9 November 2023
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