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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
+44 20 7300 8000
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Summer Exhibition 2018 at the Royal Academy
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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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Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
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Reviewed yesterday

RA 250th Summer Exhibition has began one week ago, it has a long queue and was full of people, but the staff's attitude in the Café isn't impressed, a bit disappointed of their rudeness perhaps due to too many people. However still worthwhile the journey,...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just been to the Summer exhibition. The paintings are amazingly diverse but really interesting. The overall feel is relaxed, light and airy. The new tea rooms are inviting. I rather enjoyed sitting out on the terrace just outside the main entrance enjoying the warm sun

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Reviewed yesterday

I went to the Café prior to visiting the brilliant Summer Exhibition (you may not like it all, but you will find some of the exhibits challenging/brilliant/superb) The café is a different kettle of fish. I had chicken Caesar salad, the lettuce was limp &...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I enjoyed visiting the summer exhibition which was amazing. But why oh why does the Academy not really cater for food intolerance I.e. gluten and lactose? Lunch was passable and the chips were pretty good, but there was only one choice of cake and that...More

Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you want to smile, laugh and be challenged go!! Allow plenty of time and wander through a wonderland of art. Grayson Perry had painted the main gallery yellow so it it is raining outside you will find sunshine inside. Visited twice during my visit...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Made it last for the Summer Exhibition, was not disappointed. Although fairly busy there was no queuing to get in. Booked on line for an allotted time and collected tickets with no hassle. A free catalogue gave a great insight into all exhibits, although could...More

Thank David K
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the Summer exhibition last year and it was truly awful, so much complete rubbish with no rhyme nor reason, so much of "the emperor's new clothes" about it. However this year it is really great. Grayson Perry's theme was fun and there...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well, the gallery that Grayson Perry has festooned had a huge element of "emperor's clothes" about it. I was mystified by the eclectic mix of art (if you could call some of it art) including at least 3 works with a political message. Some of...More

Thank John P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have come to the summer exhibition every year for several years (5 or more, I think). We were disappointed this year. Perhaps we came at the wrong time - it was too crowded. Every time something caught my eye and seemed interesting, somebody would...More

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Peter, thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I'm sorry you were not able to get the information you required. The booklet you needed was the 'List of Works' which is available to buy just outside the exhibition entrance. The booklet...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This year’s exhibition is phenomenal. It’s organised by Grayson Perry and it’s witty, joyous and full of eye catching pieces. It’s the best for many years and you are guaranteed leaving uplifted and happy. Get tickets in advance, be prepared for lots of people, and...More

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Alan, thank you for your lovely review. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the Summer Exhibition. We look forward to seeing you again soon and hope that you have a great summer. Many thanks, Kate

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Laura P
March 9, 2018|
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Response from Picc2014 | Reviewed this property |
I spent a lovely 3 hours. The thing is with galleries, its the experience, not just the looking! I like to take headphones, a nice bit of classical music and sit and watch the world go by as well.
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Spookssga
February 11, 2018|
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Response from Kate T | Property representative |
Some of our smaller displays are free and it is free to simply come in and enjoy the building. Our larger exhibitions have charged entry with off-peak tickets at quieter times. In May, our expanded building opens with an... More
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You have to pay to see the exhibition unless you are a 'friend'.
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