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National Portrait Gallery

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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Contemporary Galleries

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Reception
400
 
Dinner
100
 

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Balcony Gallery

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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

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Reception
40
 
Dinner
100
 

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Tudor Galleries

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Reception
80
 

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Portrait Restaurant

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Reception
200
 
Dinner
100
 

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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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150
 

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    Drop-In DrawingDrop-In DrawingA chance to improve your skills of portrait drawing.17th April 2015Friday 24th April 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventNow On
    Drop-In Drawing
    event  Running until Friday 24th April 2015
    TIMES  Friday 17th and Friday 24th April 2015 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING  Free
    A chance to improve your skills of portrait drawing.
    Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and PassionsWellington: Triumphs, Politics and PassionsWellington: Triumphs, Politics and PassionsLast year saw the centenary of the outbreak of World War I; 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The National Portrait Gallery marks the event with Triumphs, Politics and Passions (12th March until 7th June), the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, including the largest portrait in the NPG's collection, a17th April 2015Sunday 7th June 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
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    TIMES  12th March to 7th June 2015  PRICING  Free
    Last year saw the centenary of the outbreak of World War I; 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The National Portrait Gallery marks the event with Triumphs, Politics and Passions (12th March until 7th June), the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, including the largest portrait in the NPG's collection, a... More about this event
     
    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsSargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsSargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsThe National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Portraits of Artists and Friends (from 12th February to 25th May) features intimate portraits of contemporaries such as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the 70 works assembled here show him to be the greatest portraitist of his generation.17th April 2015Monday 25th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    The National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Portraits of Artists and Friends (from 12th February to 25th May) features intimate portraits of contemporaries such as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the 70 works assembled here show him to be the greatest portraitist of his generation.... More about this event
     
    On Belonging: Photographs Of Indians Of African DescentOn Belonging: Photographs Of Indians Of African Descent17th April 2015Monday 31st August 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOngoing
    On Belonging: Photographs Of Indians Of African Descent
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    TIMES  13th April to 31st August 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Portrait Of The Day: TalkPortrait Of The Day: TalkA talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection.17th April 2015Sunday 31st May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOngoing
    Portrait Of The Day: Talk
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    TIMES  2nd January to 31st May 2015 - 12.30pm  PRICING  Free
    A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection.
    Jack Smith: Abstract PortraitsJack Smith: Abstract PortraitsAbstract paintings by the 20th-century artist, providing an insight into his exploration of portraiture using non-descriptive elements.17th April 2015Monday 31st August 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOngoing
    Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits
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    TIMES  18th March to 31st August 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Abstract paintings by the 20th-century artist, providing an insight into his exploration of portraiture using non-descriptive elements.
    Henry Tonks: Studies Of The ArtistHenry Tonks: Studies Of The ArtistThree self-portrait sketches made on the eve of the First World War by Tonks (1862-1937).17th April 2015Wednesday 1st July 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Henry Tonks: Studies Of The Artist
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    TIMES  18th November 2014 to 1st July 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Three self-portrait sketches made on the eve of the First World War by Tonks (1862-1937).
    Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British AristocracyOld Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British AristocracyExhibition of portraits and the stories of some of the most high-profile American heiresses to marry into British aristocracy, including Jennie Churchill, Mary Curzon and Consuelo Vanderbilt.17th April 2015Saturday 1st August 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOngoing
    Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British Aristocracy
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    TIMES  24th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Exhibition of portraits and the stories of some of the most high-profile American heiresses to marry into British aristocracy, including Jennie Churchill, Mary Curzon and Consuelo Vanderbilt.
    The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And DonorThe Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And DonorExhibition celebrating the donors activities as an editor, writer and collector, throwing light on M.H. Spielmann's discreet but powerful reputation in the Victorian and Edwardian art worlds.17th April 2015Saturday 1st August 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And Donor
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    TIMES  18th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Exhibition celebrating the donors activities as an editor, writer and collector, throwing light on M.H. Spielmann's discreet but powerful reputation in the Victorian and Edwardian art worlds.
    Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits By Matthew Smith And Frank DobsonColour, Light, Texture: Portraits By Matthew Smith And Frank DobsonThis display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film star Jean Simmons, which are on long-term loan to the Gallery.17th April 2015Friday 1st May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits By Matthew Smith And Frank Dobson
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    TIMES  5th August 2014 to 1st May 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    This display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film star Jean Simmons, which are on long-term loan to the Gallery.
     
     

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    Pictured & Seen
    Exhibitions | Until 30th November 2015 

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    An exhibition exploring the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture. Co-curated by Bristol ...More

    The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And Donor
    Exhibitions | Until 1st August 2015 

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    Exhibition celebrating the donors activities as an editor, writer and collector, throwing light on M.H. Spielmann's discreet but powerful reputation ...More

    Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British Aristocracy
    Exhibitions | Until 1st August 2015 

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    Exhibition of portraits and the stories of some of the most high-profile American heiresses to marry into British aristocracy, including ...More

    Henry Tonks: Studies Of The Artist
    Exhibitions | Until 1st July 2015 

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    Three self-portrait sketches made on the eve of the First World War by Tonks (1862-1937)....More

    Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800
    Exhibitions | Until 1st September 2015 

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    Portraits showing men who were invested as Knights of the Order of the Garter. Established by King Edward III in ...More

    Portrait Of The Day: Talk
    Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2015 

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    A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection....More

    Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
    Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
    Exhibitions | Until 7th June 2015 

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    Last year saw the centenary of the outbreak of World War I; 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle ...More

     
    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
    Exhibitions | Until 25th May 2015 

    National Portrait Gallery

    The National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Portraits of Artists and Friends (from 12th February ...More

     
    Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits By Matthew Smith And Frank Dobson
    Exhibitions | Until 1st May 2015 

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    This display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film ...More

     
     
     
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