Our History

195 Piccadilly has been the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since the early 1970s, when Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh made the decision to gift the royalties from Richard Cawston's documentary Royal Family to what was then known as the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA).

The royal family have maintained connections with BAFTA since its incarnation as the Society of Film and Television Arts in the late 1950s. All but one of the organisation's presidents have been members of the royal family, and Queen Elizabeth II received an honourary BAFTA in 2013 for her outstanding contributions to the film and television industries. 

Since opening, BAFTA 195 Piccadilly has premiered films, hosted the biggest stars in the film, television and games industries and has served as a meeting point for industry creatives. It is also available for private hire. 

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The ROYAL OPENING of the BRITISH ACADEMY of FILM and TELEVISION ARTS in 1976British Academy of Film and Television Arts

The ROYAL OPENING of the BRITISH ACADEMY of FILM and TELEVISION ARTS in 1976British Academy of Film and Television Arts

The ROYAL OPENING of the BRITISH ACADEMY of FILM and TELEVISION ARTS in 1976British Academy of Film and Television Arts