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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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The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016Claudio Rasano's photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize prize while other shortlisted entries include a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. Held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, the 15,000 pound prize, o4th December 2016Sunday 26th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
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TIMES  17th November 2016 to 26th February 2017  PRICING  £3 (Adults), £2 (Concs), Free for members
Claudio Rasano's photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize prize while other shortlisted entries include a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. Held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, the 15,000 pound prize, o... More about this event
 
Picasso PortraitsPicasso PortraitsPicasso PortraitsPicasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits4th December 2016Sunday 5th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Picasso Portraits
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TIMES  6th October 2016 to 5th February 2017  PRICING  £17.50, concs £15.50
Picasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits... More about this event
 
Luc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: Glasses"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An4th December 2016Sunday 2nd April 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Luc Tuymans: Glasses
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TIMES  4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017  PRICING  Free
"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An... More about this event
 
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948Over 40 photographs that reflect the lives and experiences of men and women of African and Asian heritage in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, in the years before the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to these shores.4th December 2016Sunday 11th December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948
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TIMES  18th May to 11th December 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Over 40 photographs that reflect the lives and experiences of men and women of African and Asian heritage in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, in the years before the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to these shores.
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 October4th December 2016Thursday 7th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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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
 
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereTake advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.15th December 2016Thursday 15th December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 15th December 2016
TIMES  Thursday 15th December 2016 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.
Minna WeurlanderMinna WeurlanderThe Finnish accordion virtuoso performs music influenced by the Russian accordion tradition and Argentine Tango.16th December 2016Friday 16th December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon
Minna Weurlander
event  Friday 16th December 2016
TIMES  Friday 16th December 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The Finnish accordion virtuoso performs music influenced by the Russian accordion tradition and Argentine Tango.
Resident DJ: TimberlinaResident DJ: TimberlinaDJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music, from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.22nd December 2016Thursday 22nd December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Timberlina
event  Thursday 22nd December 2016
TIMES  Thursday 22nd December 2016 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
DJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music, from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.
DollymanDollymanThe band plays a festive session of classic jazz-rock.23rd December 2016Friday 23rd December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Dollyman
event  Friday 23rd December 2016
TIMES  Friday 23rd December 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The band plays a festive session of classic jazz-rock.
Robert Taira WilsonRobert Taira WilsonThe singer-songwriter launches his much-anticipated second studio album Cold In The Heat with special guest accompaniment.30th December 2016Friday 30th December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Robert Taira Wilson
event  Friday 30th December 2016
TIMES  Friday 30th December 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The singer-songwriter launches his much-anticipated second studio album Cold In The Heat with special guest accompaniment.

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Balcony Gallery

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Victorian Galleries

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Weldon Galleries

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150
 
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17th and 18th Century Galleries

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40
 
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Portrait Restaurant

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200
 
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Royal Ballet Live: The Nutcracker
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Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
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Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

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Covent Garden Christmas Lights 2016
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Seasonal | Until 2nd January 2017 

Covent Garden Piazza 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet fill Covent Garden's famous Piazza with song and dance before the Sugar ...More

 
The Royal Opera: Il Trovatore
Concerts | Until 9th February 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

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Dolce by Ferrero Rocher
Dolce by Ferrero Rocher
Foodie Events | Until 11th December 2016 

21 Slingsby Place 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

If you're a fan of Ferrero Rocher, you won't want to miss Dolce by Ferrero Rocher, a pop-up dessert destination ...More

 
St Martin's Courtyard Christmas Lights
St Martin's Courtyard Christmas Lights
Seasonal | Until 31st December 2016 

St Martin's Courtyard 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Courtyard, a pedestrianised, pretty shopping district in Covent Garden, reveals its new Christmas Lights on Thursday 17th November ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 28th May 2017 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 4th June 2017 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
 
 
 
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