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Hire this venue for your own event - it has eight function rooms the largest of which can hold a maximum of 400 guests and the smallest is ideal for 40.

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 works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? The appeal of this gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 15th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

Best for: Accessible art, portraits and posing, Shakespeare and showbiz.

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BP Portrait Award 2017BP Portrait Award 2017BP Portrait Award 2017The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 o22nd August 2017Sunday 24th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
BP Portrait Award 2017
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TIMES22nd June to 24th September 2017† PRICINGFree
The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 o...†More about this event
The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To RembrandtThe Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To RembrandtPortrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein and Rembrandt.22nd August 2017Sunday 22nd October 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To Rembrandt
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TIMES13th July to 22nd October 2017 - Various Times† PRICING£8, concs £6.50, under 12s Free
Portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein and Rembrandt.
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And BosieMarlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And BosieContemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by the South African artist.22nd August 2017Monday 30th October 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
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TIMES29th March to 30th October 2017 - Various Times† PRICINGFree
Contemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by the South African artist.
Antony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectA life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October22nd August 2017Thursday 7th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Antony Gormley: Object
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TIMES7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017† PRICINGFree
A life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October...†More about this event
Life, Death and MemoryLife, Death and MemoryLife, Death and MemoryTracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a free display Life, Death and Memory which looks at the complex and sometimes troubling relationship between portraiture and mortality. An ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, Tracey Emin's work - transforming herself in22nd August 2017Monday 16th April 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Life, Death and Memory
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TIMES13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018† PRICINGFree
Tracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a free display Life, Death and Memory which looks at the complex and sometimes troubling relationship between portraiture and mortality. An ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, Tracey Emin's work - transforming herself in...†More about this event
Cevanne Horrocks-HopayianCevanne Horrocks-HopayianThe vocalist and harpist performs pieces responding to issues of slavery.25th August 2017Friday 25th August 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian
eventFriday 25th August 2017
TIMESFriday 25th August 2017 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
The vocalist and harpist performs pieces responding to issues of slavery.
Cezanne PortraitsCezanne PortraitsCezanne PortraitsIn a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 Cézanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, Cézanne is widely thought of as one of t26th October 2017Sunday 11th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Cezanne Portraits
event Running from Thursday 26th October 2017 until Sunday 11th February 2018
TIMES26th October 2017 to 11th February 2018† PRICINGAdult £20, concession £18.50
In a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 C√©zanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, C√©zanne is widely thought of as one of t...†More about this event

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