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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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Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another MaskGillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another MaskGillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another MaskThe National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for the first time this March for its new exhibition, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. Despite being born 70 years apart and coming from contrasting backgrounds, remarkable parallel28th May 2017Monday 29th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask
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TIMES  9th March to 29th May 2017  PRICING  Adult £12, concession £10.50, members Free
The National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for the first time this March for its new exhibition, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. Despite being born 70 years apart and coming from contrasting backgrounds, remarkable parallel... More about this event
 
Howard Hodgkin: Absent FriendsHoward Hodgkin: Absent FriendsHoward Hodgkin: Absent FriendsThe National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's paintings are not related to what his subject looks like and instead focus on feelings, making it a landmark moment for the gallery as it will be the first time an exhibition of portraits hosted there wil28th May 2017Sunday 18th June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
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TIMES  23rd March to 18th June 2017  PRICING  Adult £12, concession £10.50, members Free
The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's paintings are not related to what his subject looks like and instead focus on feelings, making it a landmark moment for the gallery as it will be the first time an exhibition of portraits hosted there wil... More about this event
 
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And BosieMarlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And BosieContemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by the South African artist.28th May 2017Monday 30th October 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
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TIMES  29th March to 30th October 2017 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Contemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by the South African artist.
Antony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectA life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October28th May 2017Thursday 7th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Antony Gormley: Object
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TIMES  7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017  PRICING  Free
A life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October... More about this event
 
Life, Death and MemoryLife, Death and MemoryLife, Death and MemoryTracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a free display Life, Death and Memory which looks at the complex and sometimes troubling relationship between portraiture and mortality. An ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, Tracey Emin's work - transforming herself in28th May 2017Monday 16th April 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Life, Death and Memory
event 
TIMES  13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018  PRICING  Free
Tracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a free display Life, Death and Memory which looks at the complex and sometimes troubling relationship between portraiture and mortality. An ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, Tracey Emin's work - transforming herself in... More about this event
 
Raymond BurleyRaymond BurleyThe musician performs a programme of solo guitar works by Torroba, Tansman, Roussel, Segovia and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.2nd June 2017Friday 2nd June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Raymond Burley
event  Friday 2nd June 2017
TIMES  Friday 2nd June 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The musician performs a programme of solo guitar works by Torroba, Tansman, Roussel, Segovia and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Guest DJ: Richard OsborneGuest DJ: Richard OsborneThe DJ spins a wide range of styles including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock'n'roll.8th June 2017Thursday 8th June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Richard Osborne
event  Thursday 8th June 2017
TIMES  Thursday 8th June 2017 - 6pm-9pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins a wide range of styles including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock'n'roll.
Consort Of 1Consort Of 1Lizzie Gutteridge performs music from 12th to 17th centuries using live loops on period instruments.9th June 2017Friday 9th June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Consort Of 1
event  Friday 9th June 2017
TIMES  Friday 9th June 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Lizzie Gutteridge performs music from 12th to 17th centuries using live loops on period instruments.
Florentine Arts EnsembleFlorentine Arts EnsembleThe group performs a programme of Renaissance and Baroque music performed on period instruments.16th June 2017Friday 16th June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Florentine Arts Ensemble
event  Friday 16th June 2017
TIMES  Friday 16th June 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The group performs a programme of Renaissance and Baroque music performed on period instruments.
Guest DJ: Ben OsborneGuest DJ: Ben OsborneThe man on the night reached for his best classic techno, punk-funk and galactic house, plus deep down and dirty disco.22nd June 2017Thursday 22nd June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Ben Osborne
event  Thursday 22nd June 2017
TIMES  Thursday 22nd June 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The man on the night reached for his best classic techno, punk-funk and galactic house, plus deep down and dirty disco.

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Portrait Restaurant

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Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
Exhibitions | Until 30th October 2017 

National Portrait Gallery

Contemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by ...More

Life, Death and Memory
Life, Death and Memory
Exhibitions | Until 16th April 2018 

National Portrait Gallery

Tracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a ...More

 
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask
Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask
Exhibitions | Until 29th May 2017 

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for ...More

 
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Exhibitions | Until 18th June 2017 

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's ...More

 
Antony Gormley: Object
Antony Gormley: Object
Exhibitions | Until 7th September 2017 

National Portrait Gallery

A life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall ...More

 
Rubens And Rembrandt
Exhibitions | Until 16th July 2017 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

A display of selected works by the two 17th century artists....More

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic
Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic
Exhibitions | Until 28th August 2017 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Chris Ofili, the artist who famously won the Turner Prize in 1998 using elephant dung on his paintings, unveils ...More

 
Michelangelo & Sebastiano
Michelangelo & Sebastiano
Exhibitions | Until 25th June 2017 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

This major exhibition at the National Gallery focuses on the artistic relationship between the two Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo ...More

 
David Shrigley: Really Good
David Shrigley: Really Good
Exhibitions | Until 29th September 2017 

Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

The seven-metre-high bronze sculpture of a hand giving a disproportionately long thumbs up, which has the same dark patina as ...More

 
99 Club Leicester Square
Comedy | On 28th May 2017 

Ruby Blue 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Hilarious stand-up from Iain Stirling, Steve Bugeja and Patrick Monohan....More

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Red Rooster
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A Harlem institution that boasts Paul McCartney and the Obamas as some of its fans, Red Rooster comes to London in 2017. ...More

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Caribbean food from Street Feast regulars White Men Can't Jerk along with beer and rum ...More

 
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No 29 Power Station West
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Darwin and Wallace adds to its portfolio of bars and restaurants - which includes No32 The Old Town and No197 Chiswick Fire Station - with No 29....More

Fiume
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Italian chef Francesco Mazzei brings Fiume, a new modern Italian restaurant in the Circus West ...More

 
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Vagabond Wines Fulham
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The first and original Vagabond, this Fulham wine bar was set up in September 2010....More

CLAW
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Serving delicious British seafood, sourced from traceable and sustainable sources in Salcombe, Devon, in a ...More

 
WOLF II
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After 10 months at WOLF in Stoke Newington, chef Mattia Antonioni heads up WOLF II, ...More

 
Sonder Presents: NeverFolk
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The Nursery Theatre

A collection of improvised stories of everyday lives....More

Compagnie des Quidams: FierS a Cheval
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Cutty Sark Gardens

The opening night production of the Greenwich and ...More

 
Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
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Exhibitions | From 22nd September 

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Head to The House of Illustration this autumn ...More

 
Lucinda Rogers: On Gentrification
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Exhibitions | From 28th October 

House of Illustration

The House of Illustration has commissioned English artist ...More

 
Footloose: The Musical
Footloose: The Musical
Theatre | From 12th September 

Peacock Theatre

Gareth Gates stars as Willard opposite Luke Baker as Ren, the new boy in a ...More

 
Terror
Terror
Theatre | From 14th June 

Lyric Hammersmith

The pilot of hijacked plane is put on trial and the audience decide the verdict ...More

 
Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

Jay Scheib directs a high-octane rock'n'roll musical by ...More

 
The Great Get Together: The Foundling Museum
Exhibitions | On 17th June 

Brunswick Square

Bring a picnic lunch and a favourite children's book to join in a celebration of community at Brunswick Square gardens adjacent to the Foundling Museum....More

Take That
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The O2 Arena

The chart-topping pop trio of singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald performs uptempo ...More

 
Nora
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Sadler's Wells Theatre

A programme of duets by renowned choreographers Lizz Aggiss's Bloody Nora!, Simon Tanguy's Digging, Jonathan ...More

 
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