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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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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 exh19th July 2018Sunday 23rd September 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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BP Portrait Award 2018
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TIMES  14th June to 23rd September 2018  PRICING  Free
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 WallFor Michael Jackson fans and super-fans - and it doesn't get more committed than the 16 singing Thriller in Candice Breitz's 'King' - the National Portrait Gallery's major exhibition on the man in the mirror will be a must-see. Almost a decade after his death, and continuing on what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Ja19th July 2018Sunday 21st October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
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TIMES  28th June to 21st October 2018  PRICING  £15.50-£20
For Michael Jackson fans and super-fans - and it doesn't get more committed than the 16 singing Thriller in Candice Breitz's 'King' - the National Portrait Gallery's major exhibition on the man in the mirror will be a must-see. Almost a decade after his death, and continuing on what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Ja... More about this event
 
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.20th July 2018Friday 20th July 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 20th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 20th July 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Sophie CallisSophie CallisThe DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.27th July 2018Friday 27th July 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon
Sophie Callis
event  Friday 27th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 27th July 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.
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 Artist22nd November 2018Sunday 3rd February 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Gainsborough's Family Album
event  Running from Thursday 22nd November 2018 until Sunday 3rd February 2019
TIMES  22nd November 2018 to 3rd February 2019  PRICING  With donation: £14.50-£16 | Without donation: £12.50-£14
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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Contemporary Galleries

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Balcony Gallery

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80
 

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Victorian Galleries

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Reception
200
 
Dinner
120
 

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Weldon Galleries

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Reception
150
 
Dinner
100
 

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17th and 18th Century Galleries

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40
 
Dinner
100
 

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Tudor Galleries

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80
 

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Portrait Restaurant

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200
 
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100
 

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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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150
 

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