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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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Contemporary Galleries

Capacity

Reception
400
Dinner
100

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Balcony Gallery

Capacity

Reception
80

Dimensions

Victorian Galleries

Capacity

Reception
200
Dinner
120

Dimensions

Weldon Galleries

Capacity

Reception
150
Dinner
100

Dimensions

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

Capacity

Reception
150

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeJessica Fulford-Dobson, Birgit Puve, Blerim Racaj, and David Titlow are the four photographers shorlisted for the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Their works have been picked from the 4,193 submissions entered by 1,793 photographers from which 60 portraits have been chosen for the exhibition, running at the National Portrait Galler28th December 2014Sunday 22nd February 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
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VENUENational Portrait Gallery†
Jessica Fulford-Dobson, Birgit Puve, Blerim Racaj, and David Titlow are the four photographers shorlisted for the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Their works have been picked from the 4,193 submissions entered by 1,793 photographers from which 60 portraits have been chosen for the exhibition, running at the National Portrait Galler...†More about this event
Snowdon: A Life in ViewSnowdon: A Life in ViewSnowdon: A Life in View"There can be few photographers as privileged as Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon" notes The Telegraph review of Snowdon: A life in View, a free display at National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition is "a whistle-stop tour", an "amuse-bouche rather than a hearty feast of a show" which shows Snowdon's "ability to get the in28th December 2014Wednesday 21st January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Snowdon: A Life in View
event
TIMES26th September 2014 to 21st January 2015† PRICINGFree
"There can be few photographers as privileged as Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon" notes The Telegraph review of Snowdon: A life in View, a free display at National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition is "a whistle-stop tour", an "amuse-bouche rather than a hearty feast of a show" which shows Snowdon's "ability to get the in...†More about this event
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens RediscoveredThe Real Tudors: Kings and Queens RediscoveredThe Real Tudors: Kings and Queens RediscoveredThe National Portrait Gallery's oldest portrait, of Henry VII, is displayed with a Book of Hours inscribed by the king to his daughter as part of The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, a major exhibition at the gallery starting on 12th September 2014. Portraits of key figures in the Tudor dynasty are displayed alongside a personal item -28th December 2014Sunday 1st March 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered
event
TIMES12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015† PRICINGFree
The National Portrait Gallery's oldest portrait, of Henry VII, is displayed with a Book of Hours inscribed by the king to his daughter as part of The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, a major exhibition at the gallery starting on 12th September 2014. Portraits of key figures in the Tudor dynasty are displayed alongside a personal item -...†More about this event
The Drawing Room: WorkshopThe Drawing Room: WorkshopDrop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.29th December 2014Monday 26th January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Drawing Room: Workshop
event Running from Monday 29th December 2014 until Monday 26th January 2015
TIMESMonday 29th December 2014 and Monday 26th January 2015 - 1pm-3pm† PRICINGFree
Drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.
Jeremy ReedJeremy ReedThe dynamic and adventurous poet collaborates with sonic soundscaper Itchy Ear. With support from The Ginger Light.2nd January 2015Friday 2nd January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Jeremy Reed
eventFriday 2nd January 2015
TIMESFriday 2nd January 2015 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
The dynamic and adventurous poet collaborates with sonic soundscaper Itchy Ear. With support from The Ginger Light.
The Drawing Room: WorkshopThe Drawing Room: WorkshopDrop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.2nd January 2015Friday 2nd January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Drawing Room: Workshop
eventFriday 2nd January 2015
TIMESFriday 2nd January 2015 - 6.30pm-8.30pm† PRICINGFree
Drop-in drawing session for disabled visitors.
Young People's Sunday Session: Better Cameraphone Portraiture: Workshop (Ages 14¬–21)Young People's Sunday Session: Better Cameraphone Portraiture: Workshop (Ages 14¬–21)Learn how to make the most of your cameraphone and improve your photography.4th January 2015Sunday 4th January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Young People's Sunday Session: Better Cameraphone Portraiture: Workshop (Ages 14¬–21)
eventSunday 4th January 2015
TIMESSunday 4th January 2015 - 1pm-4pm† PRICINGphone for availability, adv booking required
Learn how to make the most of your cameraphone and improve your photography.
Thursday at National Portrait GalleryThursday at National Portrait GalleryGuest DJ Timberlina plays an eclectic mix of music.8th January 2015Thursday 8th January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Thursday at National Portrait Gallery
eventThursday 8th January 2015
TIMESThursday 8th January 2015 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
Guest DJ Timberlina plays an eclectic mix of music.
Lecture: If I Can: Crafting BeautyLecture: If I Can: Crafting BeautyWith Edmund De Waal.8th January 2015Thursday 8th January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Lecture: If I Can: Crafting Beauty
eventThursday 8th January 2015
VENUENational Portrait Gallery†
With Edmund De Waal.
Melissa JamesMelissa JamesJazz, blues and soul by the London-based singer-songwriter.9th January 2015Friday 9th January 2015 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Melissa James
eventFriday 9th January 2015
TIMESFriday 9th January 2015 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
Jazz, blues and soul by the London-based singer-songwriter.
 
 

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Snowdon: A Life in View
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