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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

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
100
 

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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Reception
150
 

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    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, a24th May 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.24th May 2015Monday 25th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Ongoing
    Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
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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
     
    Summer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer LookSummer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer LookTake inspiration from the collection and discover different ways of creating a portrait.25th May 2015Friday 29th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    Summer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer Look
    event  Running from Monday 25th May 2015 until Friday 29th May 2015
    TIMES  25th to 29th May 2015 - 10am-4pm  PRICING  Free
    Take inspiration from the collection and discover different ways of creating a portrait.
    The Drawing RoomThe Drawing RoomA chance for disabled visitors to drop in and draw.25th May 2015Monday 25th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    The Drawing Room
    event  Running from Monday 30th March 2015 until Monday 25th May 2015
    TIMES  Monday 25th May 2015 - 1pm-3pm  PRICING  Free
    A chance for disabled visitors to drop in and draw.
    Visualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting And Power, 1600-1800: TalkVisualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting And Power, 1600-1800: TalkA picture description for visually impaired visitors.28th May 2015Thursday 28th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    Visualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting And Power, 1600-1800: Talk
    event  Thursday 28th May 2015
    TIMES  Thursday 28th May 2015 - 2pm  PRICING  Free
    A picture description for visually impaired visitors.
    The Africans Of Georgian Britain: Active Agents Of ChangeThe Africans Of Georgian Britain: Active Agents Of ChangeHistorian Onyeka tells the untold story of Africans in Georgian Britain.28th May 2015Thursday 28th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    On Soon
    The Africans Of Georgian Britain: Active Agents Of Change
    event  Thursday 28th May 2015
    VENUE  National Portrait Gallery 
    Historian Onyeka tells the untold story of Africans in Georgian Britain.
    BSL Tour: Highlights Of The CollectionBSL Tour: Highlights Of The CollectionChisato Minamimura leads a tour of the Collection.28th May 2015Thursday 28th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    BSL Tour: Highlights Of The Collection
    event  Thursday 28th May 2015
    TIMES  Thursday 28th May 2015 - 7.30pm  PRICING  Free
    Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of the Collection.
    Tim RedfernTim RedfernDJ Timberlinac spins jazz, hip hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.28th May 2015Thursday 28th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    Tim Redfern
    event  Running from Thursday 19th March 2015 until Thursday 28th May 2015
    TIMES  Thursday 28th May 2015 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
    DJ Timberlinac spins jazz, hip hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.
    Kaz SimmonsKaz SimmonsThe jazz and folk influenced singer-songwriter performs original compositions and selected covers from the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel.29th May 2015Friday 29th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    Kaz Simmons
    event  Friday 29th May 2015
    TIMES  Friday 29th May 2015 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
    The jazz and folk influenced singer-songwriter performs original compositions and selected covers from the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel.
    Drop-In DrawingDrop-In DrawingWith artist Grace Adam.29th May 2015Friday 29th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOn Soon
    Drop-In Drawing
    event  Running from Friday 1st May 2015 until Friday 29th May 2015
    TIMES  Friday 22nd and Friday 29th May 2015 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING  Free
    With artist Grace Adam.
     
     

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

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

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

     
    Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames
    Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames
    Exhibitions | Until 13th September 2015 

    National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

    For once it's the frames that take centre stage in this free exhibition in Room 1 of Level 2 at ...More

     
    Inventing Impressionism
    Inventing Impressionism
    Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2015 

    National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

    A "a superb exhibition in every respect" (The Guardian) Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery is a tribute to art ...More

     
    The horse's Tale (Ages 5-11)
    Kids Events | On 24th May 2015 

    National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Themed art activities with artist Nick Pace....More

    Hans Haacke: Gift Horse
    Hans Haacke: Gift Horse
    Exhibitions | Until 31st December 2015 

    Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Hans Haacke's Gift Horse, a sculptural installation of a horse's skeleton, makes an eerie outline on the Fourth Plinth in ...More

     
    The Elephant Man
    The Elephant Man
    Theatre | Until 8th August 2015 

    Haymarket Theatre Royal 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Bradley Cooper reprised his 2012 role of Joseph Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man last year on ...More

     
    Talking Tulips
    Talking Tulips
    Exhibitions | Until 25th May 2015 

    Leicester Square 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    This half term, between 22nd and 25th May 2015, Leicester Square Gardens in central London is brought to life with ...More

     
    An Audience With Paul Daniels
    Exhibitions | On 24th May 2015 

    The Hippodrome 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    The magician discusses his achievements and perform a few tricks....More

    Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
    Comedy | Until 24th May 2015 

    Leicester Square Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Improvisers including Cariad Lloyd and Rachel Parris channel the spirit of Jane Austen to conjure a play full of wit, ...More

     
     
     
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