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Royal Academy of Arts Tours

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Royal Academy of Arts
For over 250 years, the Royal Academy of Arts has championed Britain’s visual art scene. The Mayfair mansion is home to a world-renowned permanent collection, and features works by artists such as Constable, Turner, and Emin. Its annual exhibitions also draw critical acclaim, showcasing contemporary art from around the world.

The Basics
Combine a quick visit to the Royal Academy of Arts with exploration of other central landmarks on a city tour, or take advantage of free tours offered by the academy for deeper insight. True art appreciators can dedicate a good few hours to perusing the free-to-enter main collection, or even treat themselves to exhibition access. Keen-eyed visitors may recognize the Burlington House premises from the Sherlock Holmes movies, and can learn more on a tour of filming locations.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Royal Academy of Arts collection is a must-see for arts enthusiasts.
  • Access to the main collection is free, but exhibitions incur a charge.
  • Book ahead to secure entry to specific exhibitions.
  • The Royal Academy of Arts is fully accessible, and offers an inclusive program for disabled guests.

How to Get There
Burlington House and Gardens lie equidistant between Piccadilly Circus, Green Park, Oxford Circus, and Bond Street. Several local buses serve nearby Regent Street, and the Royal Academy of Arts has its own stop on Old Bond Street. Hop-on hop-off services also stop closeby.

When to Get There
The Royal Academy of Arts is open every day except Christmas and the New Year holidays, and closes late every Friday. Begin the weekend with an evening of dinner and drinks in the historic premises, or avoid the crowds by arriving early on a weekday.

London’s Art Scene
You can’t wander far in the capital without stumbling across a dedicated arts space. In addition to iconic venues such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Tate, and National Gallery, London is home to many alternative spaces that provide insight into the city’s diverse culture. Head into the suburbs to discover highlights such as Peckham’s Bold Tendencies, Hackney’s Guest Projects, or Bethnal Green’s Resistance Gallery.
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Admission: Varies
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

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Follow in the footsteps of London’s most famous sleuth on a 2-hour Sherlock Holmes tour. With your film-savvy guide, explore myriad feature locations from Holmes’ literary and cinematic journeys. Visit the Royal Academy building, complete with fascinating reference to the thriller Murder by Decree. Literary buffs will enjoying see the sites of the fictional Diogenes Club and Pentonville Prison, as well as the charmed location of Holmes and Dr. Watson’s first meeting.
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The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

The Original Tour - London by Night with River Cruise

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Experience the city as the sun begins to set and London lights up around you. A non-stop tour combining a live guided bus tour and a river cruise. A great tour to rediscover the city under a new light, the best of London by bus and boat. The city bursts into life at night and London looks spectacular with twinkling lights cutting through the darkness. Watch the city come alive as the sun sets and as famous monuments such as the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye light up. From the comfort of the top deck, to a tranquil seat on the river, don’t miss out on the perfect night experience. Some of the landmarks on our night tour include: Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and many more.
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Full Day London Pick & Mix Customized Tour

Full Day London Pick & Mix Customized Tour

This is the London tour program that you desire. Your choices with no hassle and no time wasted and simply for the person who is tired of comparing agency tours only to find you always have to give up one thing for something else. Just pick the highlights you wish to see & visit from the list below and we will create your very private and bespoke dream itinerary in London with our APTG qualified blue badge tourist guides. Now you can have it all with "Tour it your way" Tell us what you want to see and we will carefully plan and customize your full-day London dream-tour with everything you can imagine Select from places like the Big Ben, London Eye, the British Museum, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and many more. Transportation in the city is no problem at all. We will use our massive public transportation for you. No waiting in long lines - No traffic - More time for fun and frolic. Just ask us.
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Private Walking Tour of Mayfair, London's famous aristocratic village

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Mayfair may be one of London’s poshest neighborhoods, but that wasn’t always the case. On this 2-hour walking tour, learn how Mayfair went from being a playground for the aristocracy to a debaucherous red light district and back to being a respite for the UK’s wealthy upper class. Pop into upscale boutiques and admire some of the oldest trees in London along the way.
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Fascinating Private Walking Tour of St James' & Mayfair with a qualified guide

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Visit two of London's glitziest districts—St. James' and Mayfair—and see where the British royals and other glamorous London residents shop and dine. See landmarks like St. James' Palace, Shepherd Market, and St. James' Park during this half-day walking tour and enjoy the variety that these neighborhoods have to offer. Window-shop in the elegant windows that line the streets and hear fascinating stories about the royals and English aristocrats through the years.
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 Rich people behaving badly

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Rich people behaving badly

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This gossipy historical walking tour walks you through some of London's most elegant and expensive areas. You will hear about the many scandals that have occurred amongst the British upper classes whilst sometimes going off the beaten track and discovering local's London. The tour is designed to be conversational and interactive. The guide Terry Silvers teaches History in a college when not tour guiding He is also a qualified City of Westminster tour guide but above all sees the tour as a love letter to his home town London.
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Full Day London Pick & Mix Customized Tour

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This is the London tour program that you desire. Your choices with no hassle and no time wasted and simply for the person who is tired of comparing agency tours only to find you always have to give up one thing for something else. Just pick the highlights you wish to see & visit from the list below and we will create your very private and bespoke dream itinerary in London with our APTG qualified blue badge tourist guides. Now you can have it all with "Tour it your way" Tell us what you want to see and we will carefully plan and customize your full-day London dream-tour with everything you can imagine Select from places like the Big Ben, London Eye, the British Museum, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and many more. Transportation in the city is no problem at all. We will use our massive public transportation for you. No waiting in long lines - No traffic - More time for fun and frolic. Just ask us.
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Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour in London

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Visit locations featured in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories: "The Hounds of Baskerville", "The Greek Interpreter", "The Adventures of the Illustrious Client"; Experienced Guide with a love of Sherlock Holmes; See real locations where the BBC Sherlock series was filmed; Visit Filming Locations used in the Guy Ritchie adaptations of the famous detective. We will conclude by stopping at the most famous address in the world: 221B Baker Street and The Sherlock Holmes Museum. As the only tour in London that takes you to this iconic address, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to step into the world of Sherlock Holmes! This is the best Sherlock Holmes tour in London, the only one to visit Baker Street and, therefore, an absolute must-do for fans of Great Detective.
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