With a history dating back to 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is Britain’s oldest arts society as well as the home to one of the country’s most prestigious art schools. For art lovers, however, the main attraction is its world-class art gallery and regular rotating exhibitions, which include the hotly-anticipated Summer Exhibition – an annual showcase of the year’s best contemporary art and architecture.
The gallery’s permanent collection also offers an impressive variety of British art, from the 18th century to present day, with highlights including works by Leighton, Reynolds, Constable, Gainsborough and Turner. Also on-site is the RA Grand Café and the Keeper’s House, home to a bar, garden lounge and restaurant.
The Royal Academy of Arts is located at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London, and is open daily from 10am-6pm, except Friday when it stays open until 10pm. Exhibition prices vary.