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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 parallel30th April 2017Monday 29th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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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 wil30th April 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
 
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 October30th April 2017Thursday 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
 
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 in30th April 2017Monday 16th April 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Life, Death and Memory
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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
 
Guest DJ: Neil PrinceGuest DJ: Neil PrinceListen and unwind as DJ Neil Prince delivers a musical set in response to the works on display.4th May 2017Thursday 4th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Neil Prince
event  Thursday 4th May 2017
TIMES  Thursday 4th May 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Listen and unwind as DJ Neil Prince delivers a musical set in response to the works on display.
Louisa Petais And Christopher BundhunLouisa Petais And Christopher BundhunThe soprano and the guitarist perform a selection of folk and popular song from Spain, Greece and England from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.5th May 2017Friday 5th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Louisa Petais And Christopher Bundhun
event  Friday 5th May 2017
TIMES  Friday 5th May 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The soprano and the guitarist perform a selection of folk and popular song from Spain, Greece and England from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
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.11th May 2017Thursday 11th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 11th May 2017
TIMES  Thursday 11th May 2017 - 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.
Musike In The AyreMusike In The AyreEmily Murphy and Din Ghani perform lute songs marking weddings and funerals of the Stuart era.12th May 2017Friday 12th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Musike In The Ayre
event  Friday 12th May 2017
TIMES  Friday 12th May 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Emily Murphy and Din Ghani perform lute songs marking weddings and funerals of the Stuart era.
Guest DJ: Mr MadamGuest DJ: Mr MadamDJ Mr Madam will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Featuring music from Thomas Tallis, Gracie Fields, Grace Jones, John Barry, Duke Ellington, Lord Creator and more.18th May 2017Thursday 18th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Mr Madam
event  Thursday 18th May 2017
TIMES  Thursday 18th May 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
DJ Mr Madam will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Featuring music from Thomas Tallis, Gracie Fields, Grace Jones, John Barry, Duke Ellington, Lord Creator and more.
Marielle WayMarielle WayThe flautist presents a recital of Baroque works for solo flute.19th May 2017Friday 19th May 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Marielle Way
event  Friday 19th May 2017
TIMES  Friday 19th May 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The flautist presents a recital of Baroque works for solo flute.

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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

 
Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene
Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene
Exhibitions | Until 21st May 2017 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery displays Cagnacci's Italian Baroque masterpiece, The Repentant Magdalene, this February - the first time the piece has ...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

 
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

 
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

Chaim Stephenson: Between Myth And Reality
Exhibitions | Until 10th May 2017 

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

Sculptures inspired by stories in the Old Testament, and by the Anglo-Israeli sculptor's lifelong concern for people driven from their ...More

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Nightfall
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The Bridge Theatre

Laurie Sansom stars in Barney Norris' bruising drama set on a family farm outside Winchester, ...More

 
Julius Caesar
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Theatre | From 20th January 

The Bridge Theatre

Nicholas Hytner directs a promenade staging of Shakespeare's bloodthirsty tragedy in which Caesar returns to ...More

 
Young Marx
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The Bridge Theatre

Nicholas Hytner directs the world premiere staging of Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's historical comedy ...More

 
Mildmay Festival Of Nature
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Bold Tendencies
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Exhibitions | From 11th May 

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Old Spitalfields Market

New one-day event Art Beats launches at Old Spitalfields Market this May. ...More

 
London Pizza Festival
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Launched to celebrate London's transformation into a pizza-mad metropolis, the London Pizza Festival returns this ...More

 
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