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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

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 in22nd October 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: TimberlinaGuest DJ: TimberlinaA mix of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection, including spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.26th October 2017Thursday 26th October 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Timberlina
event Thursday 26th October 2017
TIMES Thursday 26th October 2017 - 6pm PRICING Free
A mix of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection, including spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.
Cezanne PortraitsCezanne PortraitsCezanne PortraitsIn a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 Cézanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, Cézanne is widely thought of as one of t26th October 2017Sunday 11th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Cezanne Portraits
event Running from Thursday 26th October 2017 until Sunday 11th February 2018
TIMES 26th October 2017 to 11th February 2018 PRICING Adult 20, concession 18.50
In a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 Cézanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, Cézanne is widely thought of as one of t...More about this event
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.2nd November 2017Thursday 2nd November 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event Thursday 2nd November 2017
TIMES Thursday 2nd November 2017 - 6pm PRICING Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Shirley Smart And Kourosh KananiShirley Smart And Kourosh KananiGypsy jazz, Parisien musette and swing from the acclaimed cello and guitar duo.3rd November 2017Friday 3rd November 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Shirley Smart And Kourosh Kanani
event Friday 3rd November 2017
TIMES Friday 3rd November 2017 - 6.30pm PRICING Free
Gypsy jazz, Parisien musette and swing from the acclaimed cello and guitar duo.
Anne PigalleAnne PigalleEmbodying the femme fatale of the 1940s, the revolutionary chanteuse presents French poetry and performance in response to Cezanne portraits.10th November 2017Friday 10th November 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Anne Pigalle
event Friday 10th November 2017
TIMES Friday 10th November 2017 - 6.30pm PRICING Free
Embodying the femme fatale of the 1940s, the revolutionary chanteuse presents French poetry and performance in response to Cezanne portraits.
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.16th November 2017Thursday 16th November 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event Thursday 16th November 2017
TIMES Thursday 16th November 2017 - 6pm PRICING Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Three photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award on display at the National Portrait Gallery every November. The shortlist includes photographs of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and a J16th November 2017Thursday 8th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
event Running from Thursday 16th November 2017 until Thursday 8th February 2018
TIMES 16th November 2017 to 8th February 2018 PRICING 5 (Adults), 3.50 (Concs), Free for members
Three photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award on display at the National Portrait Gallery every November. The shortlist includes photographs of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and a J...More about this event
Heidi VogelHeidi VogelThe jazz and soul singer performs songs inspired by Cezanne portraits and French composers from the early 20th century.17th November 2017Friday 17th November 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Heidi Vogel
event Friday 17th November 2017
TIMES Friday 17th November 2017 - 6.30pm PRICING Free
The jazz and soul singer performs songs inspired by Cezanne portraits and French composers from the early 20th century.
Everything We Do Is MusicEverything We Do Is MusicExhibitions & Art, Drawings/Illustration.19th November 2017Sunday 18th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Everything We Do Is Music
event Running from Sunday 19th November 2017 until Sunday 18th February 2018
TIMES 19th November 2017 to 18th February 2018 - Various Times PRICING Free
Exhibitions & Art, Drawings/Illustration.

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Balcony Gallery

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Victorian Galleries

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200
Dinner
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Weldon Galleries

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150
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100

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40
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80

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200
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150

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