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National Portrait GalleryThe 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.

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BP Portrait Award 2018BP Portrait Award 2018BP Portrait Award 2018The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 39th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which regularly attracts over 2,500 entries, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exh2018-06-23T00:00:00+01002018-09-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting†|†PRICINGFree
DATES14th June to 23rd September 2018
The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 39th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which regularly attracts over 2,500 entries, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exh...†More about this event
Michael Jackson: On the WallMichael Jackson: On the WallMichael Jackson: On the WallAlmost a decade after his death, and coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall sees the National Portrait Gallery stage a major exhibition on the man in the mirror. Over 40 works by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry are included in2018-06-28T00:00:00+01002018-10-21T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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PRICING£15.50-£20
DATES28th June to 21st October 2018
Almost a decade after his death, and coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall sees the National Portrait Gallery stage a major exhibition on the man in the mirror. Over 40 works by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry are included in...†More about this event
Marc MacMarc MacThe DJ spins dance music in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.2018-06-29T18:00:00+01002018-06-29T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Mr ThingMr ThingThe DJ spins dance music in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.2018-07-13T18:00:00+01002018-07-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.2018-07-20T18:00:00+01002018-07-20T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Sophie CallisSophie CallisThe DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.2018-07-27T18:00:00+01002018-07-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Gainsborough's Family AlbumGainsborough's Family AlbumGainsborough's Family AlbumThe National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artist2018-11-22T00:00:00+00002019-02-03T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Portraits and Portraiture
PRICINGWith donation: £14.50-£16 | Without donation: £12.50-£14
DATES22nd November 2018 to 3rd February 2019
The National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artist...†More about this event

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £121† 37% off
Leicester Square, WC2H | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
Overlooking Leicester Square - the setting for London's regular film premieres - the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire has glamorous, exclusive décor to match its high-profile setting: ... More
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £108† 41% off
Whitcomb Street, WC2H | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
Thistle Trafalgar Square, The Royal Trafalgar is a recently refurbished 4 star hotel located right in the heart of London's famous West End. Leicester Square, Piccadilly ... More
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel † from £189† 38% off
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
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National Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
The National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square on its east side where it ... More
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Stephen Wiltshire Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
5 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Stephen Wiltshire's art work would be impressive even if you didn't know who he is. But his intricate and architecturally accurate pen and ink sketches are ... More
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The Strand Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
32 John Adam Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Part of the Proud Galleries family, Proud Central became The Strand Gallery in 2010 expanding from a photography gallery to an exhibition space for all disciplines ... More
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St Martin-in-the-Fields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
This historic church of St Martin-in-the-Fields overlooking Trafalgar Square was built in 1726 and is the best known work of Scottish architect James Gibbs whose ... More
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Nelson's Column
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London SW1Y | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Master tactician, inspirational leader, patriotic martyr, Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson is one of England's great heroes. His Nelson's Column statue is at the very heart of ... More
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The Fourth Plinth
London > Attractions > Sights
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square remained empty after its completion in 1841 - it was designed for an equestrian statue of one of Britain's Colonial ... More
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Young Frankenstein
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 28th September 2017 to 29th September 2018
National Portrait Gallery, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser lead the cast of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his Oscar-nominated 1974 film about a New ...More
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We're Going On A Bear Hunt
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 4th July to 2nd September 2018
National Portrait Gallery, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 5 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Go squelching through mud, slide through the long grass and splash through water as you join a family happily hunting a big bear, 'We're not scared' ...More
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The Tiger Who Came To Tea
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 28th June to 9th September 2018
National Portrait Gallery, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 6 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
David Wood's Olivier award-nominated musical adaptation of Judith Kerr's picture book The Tiger Who Came To Tea returns to the London ...More
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Odeon Leicester Square
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the biggest of the week's ... More
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The 99 Club
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Storm Nightclub, 28a Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Playing across multiple venues across London seven days a week and 52 weeks a year - do they really put on shows on Christmas Day? - ... More
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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. ... More
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Tenderproduct
London > Shopping > Art and Design
6 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Tenderproduct is the second tender venture by Etan Ilfeld, who previously founded the neighbouring Tenderpixel Gallery, an innovative space for emerging talent. Tenderproduct is a shop ... More
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Davenports Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
7 Charing Cross Underground Shopping Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 3 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
From budding Harry Potters and bumbling Tommy Coopers to dynamic David Copperfields, Davenports is a haven for magicians of every level and ability. Non-magicians too are ... More
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Ben & Jerry's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Fosil Fuel, Phish Food and Baked Alaska, no, not a tour of the Natural History Museum but the names that Ben & Jerry have come up ... More
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Wagamama
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
140 Irving Street, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
Taking inspiration from Japanese ramman-noodle bars, Wagamama is the ultimate in high-quality, fast food. Huge bowls of steaming, soupy noodles, chicken dumplings with a chilli-soy dipping ... More
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National Gallery Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
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National Dining Rooms
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
The National Gallery's National Dining Rooms restaurant won Time Out's Best British Restaurant Award in 2007 for good reasons - they do all sorts of great ... More
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 6 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 10 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 11 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
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AWAY Spa W London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
10 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
On the 6th floor of the W London the AWAY Spa certainly takes you away from the manic pace of life in Leicester Square ... More
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Victoria Embankment Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Victoria Embankment, Villiers Street, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 4 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Created in 1874, the Victoria Embankment Gardens run parallel to the River Thames, creating a green walkway between Waterloo Bridge and Embankment, and are dotted with ... More
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So SPA Sofitel St James
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
6 Waterloo Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Opened in July 2009, So SPA by Sofitel is a stunning relaxation space - all marble and modern design - housed within the Sofitel St James ... More
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The Salisbury
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
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The Harp
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub ... More
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Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
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Library
London > Nightlife > Bars
112 St Martin's Lane , Covent Garden, London WC2N | 1 minute from National Portrait Gallery
Private members club housed in a five story town house, with a restaurant, hotel, bar and nightclub. Members are voted in by a committee but it's ... More
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Cork & Bottle
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
44 Cranbourn Street, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Located in the heart of the West End you’d expect it to be packed with the usual crowds but hidden in a basement below a sex ... More
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Blind Spot
London > Nightlife > Bars
45 St Martins Lane, WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
Set behind the facade of a boutique tea counter and a secret golden hand-shaped handle is Blind Spot at ... More
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
One of London's biggest cinemas, the Odeon Leicester Square regularly plays host to premieres and awards ceremonies as well as screening the week's big releases. Aside ... More
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 2 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
To enter the stunning St Martins Lane Hotel in the heart of London's Theatreland you pass through the tallest revolving door in London, a luminescent yellow-glass ... More
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Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 3 minutes from National Portrait Gallery
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More

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