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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

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Reception
200
Dinner
120

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Weldon Galleries

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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

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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    BP Portrait Award 2015BP Portrait Award 2015BP Portrait Award 2015Three artists have been shortlisted for first prize at the 2015 BP Portrait Award: Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle and Guy; Michael Gaskell for Eliza; and Borja Buces Renard for My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening. Returning to the National Portrait Gallery for its 36th year the highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 6th July 2015Sunday 20th September 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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    BP Portrait Award 2015
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    TIMES18th June to 20th September 2015† PRICINGFree
    Three artists have been shortlisted for first prize at the 2015 BP Portrait Award: Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle and Guy; Michael Gaskell for Eliza; and Borja Buces Renard for My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening. Returning to the National Portrait Gallery for its 36th year the highly successful annual open competition, which attracted ...†More about this event
    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Marking 65 years since Audrey Hepburn performed at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's - the space now occupied by the National Portrait Gallery's public Archive - NPG presents a major photography exhibition on the film star. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will follow Hepburn's rise to fame, from her early years in Holland to becoming a stage 6th July 2015Sunday 18th October 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
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    Marking 65 years since Audrey Hepburn performed at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's - the space now occupied by the National Portrait Gallery's public Archive - NPG presents a major photography exhibition on the film star. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will follow Hepburn's rise to fame, from her early years in Holland to becoming a stage ...†More about this event
    Giacometti: Pure Presence Giacometti: Pure Presence Giacometti: Pure Presence This autumn the National Portrait Gallery presents the first major exhibition to cover the aspect of Alberto Giacometti's work. Giacometti: Pure Presence promises to be an unmissable opportunity to enjoy portraiture by the Swiss artist, who is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. The show will co15th October 2015Sunday 10th January 2016 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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    Giacometti: Pure Presence
    event Running from Thursday 15th October 2015 until Sunday 10th January 2016
    VENUENational Portrait Gallery†
    This autumn the National Portrait Gallery presents the first major exhibition to cover the aspect of Alberto Giacometti's work. Giacometti: Pure Presence promises to be an unmissable opportunity to enjoy portraiture by the Swiss artist, who is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. The show will co...†More about this event
    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeThe Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, attracts around 7,000 images from which approximately sixty portraits are chosen for display. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the £12,000 prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's always a12th November 2015Sunday 21st February 2016 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
    event Running from Thursday 12th November 2015 until Sunday 21st February 2016
    VENUENational Portrait Gallery†
    The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, attracts around 7,000 images from which approximately sixty portraits are chosen for display. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the £12,000 prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's always a...†More about this event
     
     

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    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
    Exhibitions | Until 18th October 2015 

    National Portrait Gallery

    Marking 65 years since Audrey Hepburn performed at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's - the space now occupied by the ...More

     
    BP Portrait Award 2015
    BP Portrait Award 2015
    Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2015 

    National Portrait Gallery

    Three artists have been shortlisted for first prize at the 2015 BP Portrait Award: Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle ...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

     
    Let It Be
    Let It Be
    Theatre | Until 27th September 2015 

    Garrick Theatre 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Following a two-year absence Let It Be is back in London, at the Garrick Theatre, from February 2015. Over 50 ...More

     
    Hay Fever
    Hay Fever
    Theatre | Until 1st August 2015 

    Duke of York's Theatre 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

    The Good Life actress Felicity Kendal plays recently-retired matriarch Judith in the West End transfer of Theatre Royal Bath's acclaimed ...More

     
    Free Lunchtime Concert: BLOCK4
    Concerts | On 6th July 2015 

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

    The recorder quartet performs a programme of early music....More

    Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2015
    Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2015
    Concerts | Until 22nd September 2015 

    Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Three of the Royal Opera House's most emotionally powerful productions are broadcast live on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square ...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 Mentalists
    The Mentalists
    Theatre | Until 26th September 2015 

    Wyndham's Theatre 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

    Stephen Merchant makes his West End debut opposite Steffan Rhodri in Richard Bean's darkly comic two-hander about friends Ted and ...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

     
     
     
     
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