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Royal Academy of Arts, London: 17 reviews and 44 photos


The Royal Academy is an old institution dedicated to the arts. Founded in 1768, artist Joshua Reynolds was it's first president. It has always been very prestigious for an artist to be exhibited in the Royal Academy. The current home of the Academy, including it's exhibition galleries is in Burlington House on Piccadilly (the street, not the square). This house was built in 1668 for the Earl of Burlington. The house and courtyard in itself is impressive and upon entering, the grand staircase and foyer is breathtaking. The ceiling of the entrance contains canvases from an older work by Sebastiano Ricci (see photo). The Academy purchased a 999 year lease in 1867 after which a third floor and improved lighting was installed. Several other Royal societies have their headquarters in the complex as well.

The galleries have changing exhibits. Check Where London or Time Out for what is showing currently. Cafe and shop on the premises.

Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly
Directions: About halfway down Piccadilly between Piccadilly Circus and the Green Park station.
Phone: +44 20 7300 8090
Website: http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 31, 2005
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