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The National Portrait Gallery has eight function rooms; the largest can hold a maximum of 400 guests, 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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Contemporary Galleries

Capacity

Reception
400
 
Dinner
100
 

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Balcony Gallery

Capacity

Reception
80
 

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Victorian Galleries

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
120
 

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Weldon Galleries

Capacity

Reception
150
 
Dinner
100
 

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17th and 18th Century Galleries

Capacity

Reception
40
 
Dinner
100
 

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Tudor Galleries

Capacity

Reception
80
 

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Portrait Restaurant

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
100
 

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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Reception
150
 

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The Great War in PortraitsThe Great War in PortraitsThe Great War in PortraitsRather than presenting a military history of the war, the National Portrait Gallery aims to focus on the way the Great War was represented through portraits of those involved. The Great War in Portraits takes an international perspective. As well as iconic portraits of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Winston Churchill, the exhibition reflects t21st April 2014Sunday 15th June 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
The Great War in Portraits
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TIMES  27th February to 15th June 2014  PRICING  Free
Rather than presenting a military history of the war, the National Portrait Gallery aims to focus on the way the Great War was represented through portraits of those involved. The Great War in Portraits takes an international perspective. As well as iconic portraits of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Winston Churchill, the exhibition reflects t... More about this event
 
Bailey's StardustBailey's StardustBailey's StardustThis spring/summer the National Portrait Gallery hosts a major exhibition of images personally selected by the British photographer David Bailey himself. Bailey's Stardust will feature over 250 portraits, spanning a 50-year career including an unseen image of an inhabitant of the Naga Hills and a recent portrait of Kate Moss. Curated thematically i21st April 2014Sunday 1st June 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Bailey's Stardust
event 
VENUE  National Portrait Gallery 
This spring/summer the National Portrait Gallery hosts a major exhibition of images personally selected by the British photographer David Bailey himself. Bailey's Stardust will feature over 250 portraits, spanning a 50-year career including an unseen image of an inhabitant of the Naga Hills and a recent portrait of Kate Moss. Curated thematically i... More about this event
 
Derek Boshier: Imaginary PortraitsDerek Boshier: Imaginary PortraitsAn unusual portrait of David Bowie as the Elephant Man is exhibited in the UK for the first time in Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits, a free National Portrait Gallery exhibition featuring 10 works from the artist's 'imaginary portraits' series. The oil-on-canvas portrait of Bowie was painted in New York in 1980 while he was rehearsing for his rol21st April 2014Thursday 1st May 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits
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TIMES  28th November 2013 to 1st May 2014  PRICING  Free
An unusual portrait of David Bowie as the Elephant Man is exhibited in the UK for the first time in Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits, a free National Portrait Gallery exhibition featuring 10 works from the artist's 'imaginary portraits' series. The oil-on-canvas portrait of Bowie was painted in New York in 1980 while he was rehearsing for his rol... More about this event
Three Day Workshop: Crafted Histories (Ages 14-21)Three Day Workshop: Crafted Histories (Ages 14-21)Create a response to the Great War In Portraits and No End Of A Lesson: The Boer War, 1899-1902 exhibitions.23rd April 2014Friday 25th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Three Day Workshop: Crafted Histories (Ages 14-21)
event  Running from Wednesday 23rd April 2014 until Friday 25th April 2014
TIMES  23rd, 24th and 25th April 2014 - 11am-4pm  PRICING  Free, adv booking required
Create a response to the Great War In Portraits and No End Of A Lesson: The Boer War, 1899-1902 exhibitions.
Visualising Portraits: William Wilberforce: TalkVisualising Portraits: William Wilberforce: TalkA staff member discusses a painting for visually impaired visitors.24th April 2014Thursday 24th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Visualising Portraits: William Wilberforce: Talk
event  Thursday 24th April 2014
TIMES  Thursday 24th April 2014 - 2pm  PRICING  Free
A staff member discusses a painting for visually impaired visitors.
Living With Shakespeare: LectureLiving With Shakespeare: LectureGiven by Sir Richard Eyre.24th April 2014Thursday 24th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
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Living With Shakespeare: Lecture
event  Thursday 24th April 2014
VENUE  National Portrait Gallery 
Given by Sir Richard Eyre.
John Martin QuartetJohn Martin QuartetFour piece jazz band, led by the saxophonist and composer.25th April 2014Friday 25th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
John Martin Quartet
event  Friday 25th April 2014
TIMES  Friday 25th April 2014 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Four piece jazz band, led by the saxophonist and composer.
Weekend Workshop: Photography Swag PortraitsWeekend Workshop: Photography Swag PortraitsPhotographer Eddie Otchere looks at David Bailey studio practice.26th April 2014Sunday 27th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Weekend Workshop: Photography Swag Portraits
event  Running from Saturday 26th April 2014 until Sunday 27th April 2014
TIMES  Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April 2014 - 11am-5pm  PRICING  phone for availability
Photographer Eddie Otchere looks at David Bailey studio practice.
The Portrait Choir: Singing DayThe Portrait Choir: Singing DayThe choir performs music by Elgar, Irving Berlin and others. Includes a talk from a curator.27th April 2014Sunday 27th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
The Portrait Choir: Singing Day
event  Sunday 27th April 2014
VENUE  National Portrait Gallery 
The choir performs music by Elgar, Irving Berlin and others. Includes a talk from a curator.
Shakespeare's Birthday: TalkShakespeare's Birthday: TalkBlue Badge Guide Paul Metcalfe discusses the playwright.27th April 2014Sunday 27th April 2014 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Shakespeare's Birthday: Talk
event  Sunday 27th April 2014
TIMES  Sunday 27th April 2014 - 3pm-3.30pm  PRICING  Free
Blue Badge Guide Paul Metcalfe discusses the playwright.
 
 

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The Great War in Portraits
The Great War in Portraits
Exhibitions | Until 15th June 2014 

National Portrait Gallery

Rather than presenting a military history of the war, the National Portrait Gallery aims to focus on the way the ...More

 
Bailey's Stardust
Bailey's Stardust
Exhibitions | Until 1st June 2014 

National Portrait Gallery

This spring/summer the National Portrait Gallery hosts a major exhibition of images personally selected by the British photographer David Bailey ...More

 
Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits
Exhibitions | Until 1st May 2014 

National Portrait Gallery

An unusual portrait of David Bowie as the Elephant Man is exhibited in the UK for the first time in ...More

The Sunflowers
The Sunflowers
Exhibitions | Until 27th April 2014 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

In The Sunflowers exhibition at The National Gallery two of Vincent van Gogh's iconic Sunflower paintings, dating from 1888, are ...More

 
Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice
Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice
Exhibitions | Until 15th June 2014 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery stages a major display of works by the Italian painter Paolo Veronese from March to June 2014, ...More

 
Strange Beauty: Masters Of The German Renaissance
Strange Beauty: Masters Of The German Renaissance
Exhibitions | Until 11th May 2014 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Using paintings in its own collection by well-known German Renaissance artists like Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas ...More

 
Bellows: Men Of The Docks: Talk
Exhibitions | Until 28th April 2014 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

A staff member discusses artist's painting....More

Handel Messiah By Candlelight
Concerts | On 21st April 2014 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Peter G Dyson conducts Handel's Messiah....More

Free Lunchtime Concerts: Iberian And Latin American Music Society Series
Concerts | On 21st April 2014 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

TangOpera Duo performs Carlos Guastavino's Flores Argentinas, La Rosa Y Rl Sauce and Milonga De Dos Hermanos, Ginastera's Cancion Al ...More

Katharina Fritsch: Hahn Cock
Katharina Fritsch: Hahn Cock
Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2015 

Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

A 4.7m (14ft) high sculpture of a cockerel in ultramarine blue is the latest sculpture to roost on the ...More

 
 
 
 
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