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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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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Three photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award on display at the National Portrait Gallery every November. The shortlist includes photographs of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and a J17th December 2017Thursday 8th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
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TIMES16th November 2017 to 8th February 2018† PRICING£5 (Adults), £3.50 (Concs), Free for members
Three photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award on display at the National Portrait Gallery every November. The shortlist includes photographs of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and a J...†More about this event
Everything We Do Is MusicEverything We Do Is MusicExhibitions & Art, Drawings/Illustration.17th December 2017Sunday 18th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Everything We Do Is Music
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TIMES19th November 2017 to 18th February 2018 - Various Times† PRICINGFree
Exhibitions & Art, Drawings/Illustration.
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 t17th December 2017Sunday 11th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Cezanne Portraits
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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
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 in17th December 2017Monday 16th April 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
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
Guest DJ: TimberlinaGuest DJ: TimberlinaA mix of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection, including spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.21st December 2017Thursday 21st December 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Timberlina
eventThursday 21st December 2017
TIMESThursday 21st December 2017 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
A mix of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection, including spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.
DOLLYmanDOLLYman22nd December 2017Friday 22nd December 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
DOLLYman
eventFriday 22nd December 2017
TIMESFriday 22nd December 2017 - 6.30pm-7.30pm† PRICINGFree
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.28th December 2017Thursday 28th December 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
eventThursday 28th December 2017
TIMESThursday 28th December 2017 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Fraser And The AlibisFraser And The AlibisThe London-based four-piece channel the hippest in blues, bebop and boogaloo.29th December 2017Friday 29th December 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Fraser And The Alibis
eventFriday 29th December 2017
TIMESFriday 29th December 2017 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
The London-based four-piece channel the hippest in blues, bebop and boogaloo.
Guest DJ: Neil PrinceGuest DJ: Neil PrinceListen and unwind as DJ Neil Prince delivers a musical set in response to the works on display.4th January 2018Thursday 4th January 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Neil Prince
eventThursday 4th January 2018
TIMESThursday 4th January 2018 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
Listen and unwind as DJ Neil Prince delivers a musical set in response to the works on display.
Monika LidkeMonika LidkeThe singer-songwriter blends jazz and folk with her Polish and French roots.5th January 2018Friday 5th January 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Monika Lidke
eventFriday 5th January 2018
TIMESFriday 5th January 2018 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
The singer-songwriter blends jazz and folk with her Polish and French roots.

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Victorian Galleries

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200
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