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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
+44 20 7300 8000
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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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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible2%
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Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
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Reviewed today

All human artwork is here as ever! Miss the miniature room and why do they always hang small works so high it's impossible to view them properly?? Was very crowded and nearly missed the upper gallery. Great cafe. I do enjoy attending this annual show...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was by far the best summer show I've ever seen. The new layout and additional galleries made it much easier to get around. I visited 3 times and saw something new every time. On my last visit I started in the Sackler Gallery as...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visit the Summer Exhibition every year ----and with the same friends. Sadly, although we loved the colours and the thought that went into the hangings, there were far too many people in a much smaller space. We found out, just as we were leaving,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

An exhausting exhibition but invigorating. I loved it. I thought Grayson Perry and his fellow curators had done an amazing hanging job even though it proved very demanding for the viewer: I did go into overload before doing the top floor justice. The mix was...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An exuberant eclectic mix of art hung in an interesting, at times questionable manner. So much fresh art which makes you stop and ponder. Wonderful way to spend a fair few hours.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

despite being aware of the summer exhibition and the royal academy i've never managed to time my London visits in a way to view the summer exhibition. This time, however, with husband in tow i managed to get there and was not disappointed. Both my...More

Thank BritInBelgium
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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm really pleased that you were able to see the Summer Exhibition. I hope you and your husband are able to visit us again soon! Many thanks, Kate

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have being going to the summer exhibition for years and usually there is at least being 1 or 2 pieces that are outstanding. The 2018 exhibition just did not have it, there were a couple of nice Barbara Rae's but really nothing. Some of...More

Thank aine67
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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for sharing your review. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the show so much this year. I think one of the best things about the Summer Exhibition is that it is about personal taste; which always sparks great debate. I hope that you will enjoy...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was great fun! A ecletic mix of Art, in all its forms, traditional, modern, wacky, daft! Give yourself at least two to three hours to do it justice. Wonder at many of the exhibits. Contemplate as to who on earth buys some of this...More

Thank ScotlandEartha
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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks, Kate

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic display of artwork in this year's Summer Exhibition, some for sale, some sold and some not for sale. Whilst not all of the work will be to everyone's taste what was on show was in main fun, vibrant, eclectic, carefully and imaginativley...More

Thank MJ M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this year's exhibition. An eclectic and vibrant range of artwork, lots to talk about. Saturday afternoon maybe wasn't the best time to visit as it was rather crowded. We didn't bother with the cafe, had a picnic at nearby Green Park instead. Lovely...More

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salamanda62
15 August 2018|
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Response from Mark E | Reviewed this property |
Bang on opening time is usually quiet. Also, somewhat perversely, lunch time. But with mobility issues I'd think opening time is your best bet.
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772Susan
6 July 2018|
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Response from CarpeNox | Reviewed this property |
On the Friends of the Royal Academy web site you can purchase a gift membership.
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John A
28 June 2018|
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Hi John, my name is Kate and I'm the Head of Friends and Visitor Experience at the RA. Shorts are absolutely fine! I hope you enjoy your visit. Many thanks, Kate
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