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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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    National Portrait Gallery events

     
    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.3rd March 2015Monday 25th May 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    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
     
    Grayson Perry: Who Are You'Grayson Perry: Who Are You'A display of works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, which tie in with the artist's Channel 4 TV series of the same name. The portraits include politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers and X Factor contestant Rylan Clark.3rd March 2015Sunday 15th March 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Grayson Perry: Who Are You'
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    TIMES  25th October 2014 to 15th March 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    A display of works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, which tie in with the artist's Channel 4 TV series of the same name. The portraits include politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male transsexual, Northern Ireland Loyalist marchers and X Factor contestant Rylan Clark.
    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).3rd March 2015Wednesday 1st July 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    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.3rd March 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.3rd March 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.3rd March 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.
    Suffragettes: Deeds Not WordsSuffragettes: Deeds Not WordsThis display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the 'Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery. It also includes original documents from the Gallery's archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bure3rd March 2015Wednesday 1st April 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words
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    TIMES  1st July 2014 to 1st April 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    This display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the 'Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery. It also includes original documents from the Gallery's archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bure
    Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800Portraits showing men who were invested as Knights of the Order of the Garter. Established by King Edward III in 1348, the Order of the Garter has always been the highest honour available to courtiers and public figures, but favour is frequently precarious.3rd March 2015Tuesday 1st September 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800
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    TIMES  9th August 2014 to 1st September 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Portraits showing men who were invested as Knights of the Order of the Garter. Established by King Edward III in 1348, the Order of the Garter has always been the highest honour available to courtiers and public figures, but favour is frequently precarious.
    Hidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver CromwellHidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver CromwellRecent investigation of the portrait of Sir Arthur Hesilrige, using the latest infra-red technology, has revealed what appears to be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell underneath. This display puts the Gallery's portrait of Cromwell alongside that of Hesilrige and, for the first time, shows the infra-red image of the3rd March 2015Monday 19th October 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Hidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver Cromwell
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    TIMES  10th July 2014 to 19th October 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Recent investigation of the portrait of Sir Arthur Hesilrige, using the latest infra-red technology, has revealed what appears to be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell underneath. This display puts the Gallery's portrait of Cromwell alongside that of Hesilrige and, for the first time, shows the infra-red image of the
    Pictured & SeenPictured & SeenAn exhibition exploring the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture. Co-curated by Bristol University MA students as part of their degree work.3rd March 2015Monday 30th November 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Pictured & Seen
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    TIMES  9th August 2014 to 30th November 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    An exhibition exploring the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture. Co-curated by Bristol University MA students as part of their degree work.
     
     

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