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National GalleryThe National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square on its east side where it has been pedestrianised. Some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2,300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to ensure the art is accessible. Every month they hold a range of free lunchtime talks, and on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays they offer the chance to gain even deeper insight with talks in the Gallery and the theatre.

 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £137  28% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 2 minutes from National Gallery
The Hampshire Hotel is located in the heart of film and Theatreland. Guests can enjoy superb Mexican- Peruvian sharing plates at Leicester Square Kitchen with drinks ... More
 
 
 
The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £168  39% off
2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £115  26% off
8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
 
 
 
 
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National Portrait Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
St Martin's Place, WC2H | 1 minute from National Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day. This isn't the place to come for serious ... More
 
 
 
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The Strand Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
32 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Part of the Proud Galleries family, Proud Central became The Strand Gallery in 2010 expanding from a photography gallery to an exhibition space for all disciplines ... More
 
 
 
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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from National Gallery
The Institute of Contemporary Arts boasts three galleries (with exhibitions changing approximately every six weeks), two cinemas, a theatre, restaurant, bookshop, late bar and cafe. The ... More
 
 
 
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Gallery
This historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square was built in 1726 and is the best known work of Scottish architect James Gibbs whose ... More
 
 
 
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Nelson's Column
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1Y | 1 minute from National Gallery
Master tactician, inspirational leader, patriotic martyr, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is one of England's great heroes. His Nelson's Column statue is at the very heart of ... More
 
 
 
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Gallery
The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square remained empty after its completion in 1841 - it was designed for an equestrian statue of one of Britain's Colonial ... More
 
 
 
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The Watsons
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th May to 26th September 2020
National Gallery, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Adapted from Jane Austen's unfinished novel and "joyously directed" (Evening Standard) by Samuel West, The Watsons comes to the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre from Chichester ...More
 
 
 
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Waitress
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 8th February 2019 to 4th July 2020
National Gallery, 18-20 Maiden Lane, The Strand, WC2R | 4 minutes from National Gallery
Based on the 2007 film by Adrienne Shelley, Waitress the musical tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town who dreams ...More
 
 
 
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The Seagull
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 11th March to 30th May 2020
National Gallery, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 4 minutes from National Gallery
Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones makes her West End debut as Nina in Anya Reiss's modern update of Anton Chekhov's drama of overlapping love triangles. ...More
 
 
 
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from National Gallery
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the biggest of the week's ... More
 
 
 
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The 99 Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Storm Nightclub, 28a Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Playing across multiple venues across London seven days a week and 52 weeks a year - do they really put on shows on Christmas Day? - ... More
 
 
 
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
 
 
 
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Tenderproduct
London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
Tenderproduct is the second tender venture by Etan Ilfeld, who previously founded the neighbouring Tenderpixel Gallery, an innovative space for emerging talent. Tenderproduct is a shop ... More
 
 
 
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Pan de Vie
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
5 New Row, WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Combining classic European baking with exotic flavours of the Far East, Pan de Vie delivers a visual treat of brilliantly-coloured sweet patisseries and ... More
 
 
 
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The National Cafe
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
East Wing National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as National Gallery
On the ground floor of the East Wing of the National Gallery, with its own entrance opposite St Martin-in-the-Fields, The National Cafe is ... More
 
 
 
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National Dining Rooms
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as National Gallery
The National Gallery's National Dining Rooms restaurant won Time Out's Best British Restaurant Award in 2007 for good reasons - they do all sorts of great ... More
 
 
 
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Les Deux Salons
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
40-42 William IV Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Gallery
Set over two glorious floors in the heart of Theatreland, Les Deux Salons is an all-day French Brasserie. The grand interior has a beautiful, ornately tiled ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 6 minutes from National Gallery
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 9 minutes from National Gallery
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 11 minutes from National Gallery
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
 
 
 
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from National Gallery
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
 
 
 
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ESPA Life at Corinthia
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A | 4 minutes from National Gallery
The people at Espa take grooming pretty seriously, and quite rightly, when it comes to appearances it's often best to leave it to the experts. You'll ... More
 
 
 
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
 
 
 
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The Salisbury
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
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Mr Fogg's Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
58 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Themed around explorer Phileas Fogg, this traditional Victorian tavern in the heart of Covent Garden's ... More
 
 
 
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Library
London > Nightlife > Bars
112 St Martin's Lane , Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Gallery
Private members club housed in a five story town house, with a restaurant, hotel, bar and nightclub. Members are voted in by a committee but it's ... More
 
 
 
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Blind Spot
London > Nightlife > Bars
45 St Martins Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
A late-night speakeasy within St Martins Lane Hotel, Blind Spot is hidden behind the faƧade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden ... More
 
 
 
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The Den St Martins Lane
London > Nightlife > Bars
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
An oak-panelled snug at St Martins Lane , The Den is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea, curl up with ... More
 
 
 
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
 
 
 
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from National Gallery
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
 
 
 
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from National Gallery
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
 

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City Of Angels
City Of Angels
Theatre | Until 5th September 2020 

Garrick Theatre 1 minute walk from National Gallery

A hit for the Donmar in 2014 when it ran as the theatre's Christmas production, Cy Coleman and David Zippel's ...More

 
The Doctor
The Doctor
Theatre | Until 18th July 2020 

Duke of York's Theatre 1 minute walk from National Gallery

Described by the Guardian as 'one of the peak theatrical performances of the year', Juliet Stevenson reprises her role in ...More

 
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Fourth Plinth: Heather Phillipson THE END
Exhibitions | Until 26th March 2022 

Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from National Gallery

London born artist Heather Philipson puts an ice cream with a cherry on top on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar ...More

 
Hairspray the Musical
Hairspray the Musical
Theatre | Until 29th August 2020 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2 minutes walk from National Gallery

The London Coliseum is transformed into 1962 Baltimore this spring when the Tony Award-winning production of Hairspray the Musical returns ...More

 
Leopoldstadt
Leopoldstadt
Theatre | Until 13th June 2020 

Wyndham's Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Gallery

Tom Stoppard's epic family drama and "his most personal play yet" (The Times) comes to the West End in January ...More

 
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
Theatre | Until 27th June 2020 

Noel Coward Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Gallery

Michael Greif directs the Tony Award-winning musical about a teenage outcast who becomes a focal point for a community's grief ...More

 
Only Fools And Horses: The Musical
Only Fools And Horses: The Musical
Theatre | Until 27th June 2020 

Theatre Royal Haymarket 3 minutes walk from National Gallery

Paul Whitehouse and Jim Sullivan bring John Sullivan's much-loved sitcom to the London stage with Only Fools and Horses The ...More

 
Magic Mike Live
Magic Mike Live
Dance | Until 13th September 2020 

The Hippodrome 3 minutes walk from National Gallery

Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the ...More

 

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