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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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Dare To Draw: Module Two: LandscapeDare To Draw: Module Two: LandscapeThe second part of a four module introduction to drawing.2016-04-30T10:00:00+01002016-05-14T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Dare To Draw: Module Two: Landscape
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern ArtDelacroix and the Rise of Modern ArtDelacroix and the Rise of Modern ArtIn this landmark National Gallery exhibition, the first presentation of Delacroix's art in Britain for more than 50 years, the influence of Delacroix on his contemporaries shows how he transformed the art of French painting in the 19th century. Arguably the most influential artist of his era, Delacroix inspired artists such as Chasseriau,2016-04-30T00:00:00+01002016-05-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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PRICING  Adult £14, Senior £12, Student £7
DATES  17th February to 22nd May 2016
In this landmark National Gallery exhibition, the first presentation of Delacroix's art in Britain for more than 50 years, the influence of Delacroix on his contemporaries shows how he transformed the art of French painting in the 19th century. Arguably the most influential artist of his era, Delacroix inspired artists such as Chasseriau,... More about this event
 
Dutch FlowersDutch FlowersFloral paintings by Dutch masters including Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Jan van Huysum, and Rachel Ruysch, highlighting associations between the development of flower painting in the Netherlands to an increased interest in botany and horticulture in the Dutch Golden Age.2016-04-30T10:00:00+01002016-08-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Free EventOngoing
Dutch Flowers
Fantasy FlowersFantasy FlowersLearn how to create flower sculptures.2016-05-01T11:00:00+01002016-05-01T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Fantasy Flowers
Magic Carpet Storytelling (Under 5s)Magic Carpet Storytelling (Under 5s)Stories inspired by pictures in the National Gallery.2016-05-01T10:30:00+01002016-05-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Magic Carpet Storytelling (Under 5s)
Musical Magic CarpetMusical Magic CarpetStorytelling sessions for 2-5 year olds.2016-05-01T10:30:00+01002016-06-26T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Musical Magic Carpet
Delacroix, Chopin, And The SalonDelacroix, Chopin, And The SalonWriter and broadcaster Gavin Plumley and pianist Sholto Kynoch explore the salon culture of Paris2016-05-03T13:00:00+01002016-05-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Free EventOn Soon
Delacroix, Chopin, And The Salon
Beauty And The Male: Antonio And Piero Del Pollaiuolo's 'Martyrdom Of Saint SebastianBeauty And The Male: Antonio And Piero Del Pollaiuolo's 'Martyrdom Of Saint SebastianA talk on attitudes to male beauty in art.2016-05-04T13:00:00+01002016-05-04T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Beauty And The Male: Antonio And Piero Del Pollaiuolo's 'Martyrdom Of Saint Sebastian
Welcome WednesdaysWelcome WednesdaysMessy play and storytelling for under 5s.2016-05-04T10:30:00+01002016-05-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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On Soon
Welcome Wednesdays
Stories Of Art: Module ThreeStories Of Art: Module ThreeA tutored session on the history of 17th-century European painting.2016-05-04T14:00:00+01002016-05-18T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Gallery,   Trafalgar Square      WC2N 5DN
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Stories Of Art: Module Three
 

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Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £95  35% off
Whitcomb Street, WC2H | 2 minutes from National Gallery
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar is a recently refurbished 4 star hotel located right in the heart of London's famous West End. Leicester Square, Piccadilly ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £123  31% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 2 minutes from National Gallery
Overlooking Leicester Square - the setting for London's regular film premieres - the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has glamorous, exclusive décor to match its high-profile setting: ... More
 
 
 
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £199  23% off
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Art Galleries nearest National Gallery

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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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The best museums, galleries, attractions near National Gallery
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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 Painkiller
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th March to 30th April 2016
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 1 minute from National Gallery
Sean Foley directs this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic play, The Painkiller, as part of Kenneth Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. The production sees ...More
 
 
 
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The Entertainer
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th August to 12th November 2016
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 1 minute from National Gallery
Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh and John Hurt, who returns to the London stage for the first time in a decade, in this production of John ...More
 
 
 
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The Maids
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th February to 21st May 2016
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Jean Genet's tense 1947 drama The Maids is given a starry revival in 2016, with Orange is the New ...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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The best shops and markets near National Gallery
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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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National Gallery Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | Same location as National Gallery
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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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ELS Language Centre, London
London > Education > English Language Courses
3 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from National Gallery
8 students per class. Under £200pw.... More
 
 
 
Malvern House College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Malvern House International, 29 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
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Lamai Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Venues across London, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Thai food is the cuisine of the moment - green curries, red curries, satays, are everywhere. To the uninitiated,it's very difficult to recreate at home. But, ... 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 best pubs near London National Gallery.
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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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The Sherlock Holmes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
10 Northumberland Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Thirsty Sherlock Holmes fans look no further than this homage to the great detective himself and to original Victorian pubs. While you indulge in a soothing ... More
 
 
 
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National Gallery clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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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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Light Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Gallery
The Light Bar on the ground floor of the stylish St Martins Lane hotel has some of the best cocktails in London - they make a ... More
 
 
 
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Rockwell
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Trafalgar, 2 Spring Gardens, Westminster, London SW1A | 3 minutes from National Gallery
Hotel bar on Trafalgar Square with public roof terrace. This bar is all about location, location, location. Just a few steps from Nelson's Column, the Trafalgar Hotel ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near National Gallery.
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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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The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Gallery

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ...More

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Gallery

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
The Royal Opera: Tannhauser
Concerts | Until 15th May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Gallery

Tim Albery's critically acclaimed 2010 production of Wagner's early opera, Tannhauser, returns to the Royal Opera ...More

Lucia Di Lammermoor
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Concerts | Until 19th May 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Gallery

Diana Damrau and Aleksandra Kurzak lead a world-class cast in Katie Mitchell's new production of Lucia di ...More

 
The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale
Dance | Until 10th June 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Gallery

Christopher Wheeldon's three-act ballet adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, in which Leontes, the King of Sicilia, ...More

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from National Gallery

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from National Gallery

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
The Bromley Boy Singers: Exploration In Song!
Concerts | On 30th April 2016 

St Paul's Covent Garden 2 minutes walk from National Gallery

The ensemble returns to the annual festival to perform works by Paul Jarman, Howard Goodall and Michael Legrand, with conductor ...More

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from National Gallery

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Gallery

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
 
 
 
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