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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.

 

National Portrait Gallery events

 
Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and AngelsElizabeth Peyton: Aire and AngelsElizabeth Peyton: Aire and AngelsThis autumn, internationally-renowned artist Elizabeth Peyton will become the first artist ever to be given the run of the entire National Portrait Gallery. Not only will a new major exhibition display more than 40 of her works, there will also be a selection of her portraits dispersed throughout the gallery's permanent Collection. One of the world22nd October 2019Sunday 5th January 2020 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels
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TIMES  3rd October 2019 to 5th January 2020  PRICING  Free
This autumn, internationally-renowned artist Elizabeth Peyton will become the first artist ever to be given the run of the entire National Portrait Gallery. Not only will a new major exhibition display more than 40 of her works, there will also be a selection of her portraits dispersed throughout the gallery's permanent Collection. One of the world... More about this event
 
Pre-Raphaelite SistersPre-Raphaelite SistersPre-Raphaelite SistersA major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, tells the untold stories of twelve women depicted in Pre-Raphaelite art, 160 years after they were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849. Through a display of previously unseen works and new discoveries, the exhibition explores how the women were far more22nd October 2019Sunday 26th January 2020 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
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TIMES  17th October 2019 to 26th January 2020  PRICING  £18
A major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, tells the untold stories of twelve women depicted in Pre-Raphaelite art, 160 years after they were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849. Through a display of previously unseen works and new discoveries, the exhibition explores how the women were far more... More about this event
 
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereThe DJ plays a wide variety of musical styles.25th October 2019Friday 25th October 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 25th October 2019
TIMES  Friday 25th October 2019 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ plays a wide variety of musical styles.
TimberlinaTimberlinaThe DJ spins a wide selection of spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary tracks.1st November 2019Friday 1st November 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Timberlina
event  Friday 1st November 2019
TIMES  Friday 1st November 2019 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins a wide selection of spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary tracks.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019Neil, a resident from the Belfast Conway estate, sits lost in thought, a family ready for their day out on Whitley Bay beach and works from a series depicting LA photographer Pat Martin's late mother are the three shortlisted photographers for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Open to professionals, emerging artists and amateu7th November 2019Sunday 16th February 2020 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019
event  Running from Thursday 7th November 2019 until Sunday 16th February 2020
TIMES  7th November 2019 to 16th February 2020  PRICING  £5 (Adults), £3.50 (Concs), Free for members
Neil, a resident from the Belfast Conway estate, sits lost in thought, a family ready for their day out on Whitley Bay beach and works from a series depicting LA photographer Pat Martin's late mother are the three shortlisted photographers for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Open to professionals, emerging artists and amateu... More about this event
 
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereThe DJ plays a wide variety of musical styles.8th November 2019Friday 8th November 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 8th November 2019
TIMES  Friday 8th November 2019 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ plays a wide variety of musical styles.
Ben OsborneBen OsborneThe DJ drops his choice of dance music.15th November 2019Friday 15th November 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Ben Osborne
event  Friday 15th November 2019
TIMES  Friday 15th November 2019 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ drops his choice of dance music.
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereThe DJ plays a wide variety of musical styles.22nd November 2019Friday 22nd November 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free Event 
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 22nd November 2019
TIMES  Friday 22nd November 2019 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ plays a wide variety of musical styles.
Mr MadamMr MadamThe DJ selects their choices of dance, hip hop, jazz, pop and more29th November 2019Friday 29th November 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free Event 
Mr Madam
event  Friday 29th November 2019
TIMES  Friday 29th November 2019 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ selects their choices of dance, hip hop, jazz, pop and more

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Contemporary Galleries

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Reception
400
 
Dinner
100
 

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Balcony Gallery

Capacity

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

Capacity

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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150
 

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