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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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Contemporary Galleries

Capacity

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

Capacity

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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Reception
150
 

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Guest DJ: Eddie OtchereGuest DJ: Eddie OtchereEddie Otchere provides a musical soundscape in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme.11th February 2016Thursday 11th February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Guest DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 11th February 2016
TIMES  Thursday 11th February 2016 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Eddie Otchere provides a musical soundscape in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait PrizeThe Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, attracts around 7,000 images from which approximately sixty portraits are chosen for display. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the 12,000 pound prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's alw11th February 2016Sunday 21st February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
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TIMES  12th November 2015 to 21st February 2016  PRICING  £3 (Adults), £2 (Concs), Free for members
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, attracts around 7,000 images from which approximately sixty portraits are chosen for display. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the 12,000 pound prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's alw... More about this event
 
Vogue 100: A Century of StyleVogue 100: A Century of StyleVogue 100: A Century of StyleCorinne Day's underwear shoot with Kate Moss, Peter Lindbergh's Vogue cover shot that so perfectly captured the supermodel era, and a series of Second World War photographs by Lee Miller are part of a century of style, first seen in Vogue. In Vogue 100 , the National Portrait Gallery celebrates 100 years of cutting-edge fashion and photography from11th February 2016Sunday 22nd May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
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Corinne Day's underwear shoot with Kate Moss, Peter Lindbergh's Vogue cover shot that so perfectly captured the supermodel era, and a series of Second World War photographs by Lee Miller are part of a century of style, first seen in Vogue. In Vogue 100 , the National Portrait Gallery celebrates 100 years of cutting-edge fashion and photography from... More about this event
 
Kalia & Saied SilbakKalia & Saied SilbakThe ensemble performs gentle Middle Eastern music on nay, vocals and oud.12th February 2016Friday 12th February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Kalia & Saied Silbak
event  Friday 12th February 2016
TIMES  Friday 12th February 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The ensemble performs gentle Middle Eastern music on nay, vocals and oud.
Guest DJ: TimberlinaGuest DJ: TimberlinaThe DJ - aka Tim Redfern - mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the collection.18th February 2016Thursday 18th February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Timberlina
event  Thursday 18th February 2016
TIMES  Thursday 18th February 2016 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ - aka Tim Redfern - mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the collection.
A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography (And They're Still Together).A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography (And They're Still Together).William Ewing presents a lecture on the topic.18th February 2016Thursday 18th February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
A Passionate Affair: Fashion Meets Photography (And They're Still Together).
event  Thursday 18th February 2016
TIMES  Thursday 18th February 2016 - 7pm  PRICING  £7-£8
William Ewing presents a lecture on the topic.
Stalin's Englishman: The Lives Of Guy BurgessStalin's Englishman: The Lives Of Guy BurgessAndrew Lownie discusses the complex history of the notorious Cambridge spies.18th February 2016Saturday 5th March 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Stalin's Englishman: The Lives Of Guy Burgess
event  Running from Friday 22nd January 2016 until Saturday 5th March 2016
TIMES  Thursday 18th February 2016 - 1.15pm  PRICING  £3, concs £2
Andrew Lownie discusses the complex history of the notorious Cambridge spies.
Adam BrownAdam BrownIn a solo recital the classical guitarist presents an eclectic and gentle fusion of Latin and World music, kora-inspired African improvisations and folk arrangements.19th February 2016Friday 19th February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Adam Brown
event  Friday 19th February 2016
TIMES  Friday 19th February 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
In a solo recital the classical guitarist presents an eclectic and gentle fusion of Latin and World music, kora-inspired African improvisations and folk arrangements.
Celebrating Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855Celebrating Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855Celebrating Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855On the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte's birth a free display of personal items, original manuscripts and works of art goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Among the treasures belonging to the author of Jane Eyre are paintings and drawings by Charlotte, letters and journals, the famous 'little books' created by the Bronte sisters as ch22nd February 2016Sunday 14th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Celebrating Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855
event  Running from Monday 22nd February 2016 until Sunday 14th August 2016
TIMES  22nd February to 14th August 2016  PRICING  Free
On the bicentenary of Charlotte Bronte's birth a free display of personal items, original manuscripts and works of art goes on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Among the treasures belonging to the author of Jane Eyre are paintings and drawings by Charlotte, letters and journals, the famous 'little books' created by the Bronte sisters as ch... More about this event
 
Live DJ: Resident DJ Eddie OtchereLive DJ: Resident DJ Eddie OtchereTake advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy an electronic soundscape provided by the DJ.25th February 2016Thursday 25th February 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Live DJ: Resident DJ Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 25th February 2016
TIMES  Thursday 25th February 2016 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy an electronic soundscape provided by the DJ.
 
 

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L'Etoile
Concerts | Until 24th February 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Thursday at Roadhouse
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 11th February 2016 

The Roadhouse 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

DJ Elle Tiyo, plus guest DJs, spin a selection of indie and pop tracks....More

Night Shift
Night Shift
Exhibitions | Until 10th April 2016 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Opening on the first weekend of what was meant to be the first weekend of the night tube - before ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 30th July 2016 

Fortune Theatre 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

One of the less well-known West-End fixtures, this adaptation of Susan Hill's gothic novel has been packing out houses since ...More

 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 4th June 2016 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 24th September 2016 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
Hand to God
Theatre | Until 11th June 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Taking into account its favour with the critics and several Tony nominations, irreverent puppet comedy ...More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 29th May 2016 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 3rd July 2016 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
 
 
 
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