The Courtauld Institute of Art (CIA) is the oldest and leading centre for the study of the history and conservation of art in the United Kingdom. World renowned for its breadth and depth of coverage, the Courtauld is a college of the University of London, with expertise and teaching ranging from antiquity through to the contemporary. It was founded in 1932 through the philanthropic efforts of the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld, the diplomat and collector Lord Lee of Fareham, and the art historian Sir Robert Witt. Originally the Courtauld Institute was based in Home House, a Robert Adam-designed townhouse in Portman Square, London. Since 1989 it has been based in Somerset House.
Amazing place to study academically, with encouragement to engage deeply with the city around you. Small, community feel. The best first year halls I've ever seen, but growing size and the choice to not allow all first years to live there detriments social life.