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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

 
Weekend Workshop: Street PortraitureWeekend Workshop: Street PortraitureDocumentary photographer Peter Zelewski leads this practical portraiture workshop.23rd July 2016Sunday 24th July 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Weekend Workshop: Street Portraiture
event  Running until Sunday 24th July 2016
TIMES  Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2016 - 11am-5pm  PRICING  £150, concs £125
Documentary photographer Peter Zelewski leads this practical portraiture workshop.
BP Portrait Award 2016BP Portrait Award 2016BP Portrait Award 2016 The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 37th year at the National Portrait Gallery . The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted a record 2,748 portraits from a record 92 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown al23rd July 2016Sunday 18th September 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
BP Portrait Award 2016
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TIMES  23rd June to 18th September 2016  PRICING  Free
The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 37th year at the National Portrait Gallery . The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted a record 2,748 portraits from a record 92 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown al... More about this event
 
William Eggleston: PortraitsWilliam Eggleston: PortraitsA photographic survey featuring 100 works spanning a career from the 1960s to the present day, celebrating the pioneering American artist, known for his experimental use of colour and his vivid, poetic and mysterious images.23rd July 2016Sunday 23rd October 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
William Eggleston: Portraits
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TIMES  21st July to 23rd October 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  £7, concs £5.50
A photographic survey featuring 100 works spanning a career from the 1960s to the present day, celebrating the pioneering American artist, known for his experimental use of colour and his vivid, poetic and mysterious images.
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 ch23rd July 2016Sunday 14th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Celebrating Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855
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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
 
Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political PortraitsLeon Golub Powerplay: The Political PortraitsThe internationally recognised American artist Leon Golub (1922-2004) is best known for his large-scale paintings of Mercenaries, Interrogations and Riots in which the depiction of power is a central concern. This display focuses on Golub's political portraits from the 1970s. Comprising portraits of heads of state, corporate, military and religious23rd July 2016Sunday 25th September 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits
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TIMES  18th March to 25th September 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
The internationally recognised American artist Leon Golub (1922-2004) is best known for his large-scale paintings of Mercenaries, Interrogations and Riots in which the depiction of power is a central concern. This display focuses on Golub's political portraits from the 1970s. Comprising portraits of heads of state, corporate, military and religious
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948Over 40 photographs that reflect the lives and experiences of men and women of African and Asian heritage in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, in the years before the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to these shores.23rd July 2016Sunday 11th December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948
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TIMES  18th May to 11th December 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Over 40 photographs that reflect the lives and experiences of men and women of African and Asian heritage in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, in the years before the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to these shores.
National Portrait GalleryNational Portrait GalleryThe World famous art gallery, which was opened at its current location in 1856, is one of the UK's largest collection of portraits depicting people of historical important and cultural significance. The gallery also contains ever changing exhibitions, from modern photography to Victorian paintings.23rd July 2016Saturday 31st December 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
National Portrait Gallery
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TIMES  1st January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
The World famous art gallery, which was opened at its current location in 1856, is one of the UK's largest collection of portraits depicting people of historical important and cultural significance. The gallery also contains ever changing exhibitions, from modern photography to Victorian paintings.
The Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: TheatreThe Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: TheatreExplore connections between historic and contemporary actors and directors.25th July 2016Monday 25th July 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Drawing Room: Contemporary Conversations: Theatre
event  Monday 25th July 2016
TIMES  Monday 25th July 2016 - 1pm-3pm  PRICING  Free
Explore connections between historic and contemporary actors and directors.
Young People's Guide To Self-PortraitureYoung People's Guide To Self-PortraitureCreative activities, led by photographer Anthony Luvera.25th July 2016Friday 29th July 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Young People's Guide To Self-Portraiture
event  Running from Monday 25th July 2016 until Friday 29th July 2016
TIMES  25th to 29th Jul 2016 - 11am-4pm  PRICING  Free
Creative activities, led by photographer Anthony Luvera.
Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South LondonVisualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South LondonFind out more about Lambeth and Southwark through portraits of celebrities and sports personalities.28th July 2016Thursday 28th July 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Visualising Portraits: Creative Connections: South London
event  Thursday 28th July 2016
TIMES  Thursday 28th July 2016 - 2pm  PRICING  Free
Find out more about Lambeth and Southwark through portraits of celebrities and sports personalities.

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Contemporary Galleries

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400
 
Dinner
100
 

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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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Reception
200
 
Dinner
100
 

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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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150
 

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Pet Shop Boys
Concerts | Until 23rd July 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

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Covent Garden After Hours
Covent Garden After Hours
Shopping | Until 28th July 2016 

Covent Garden Piazza 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Throughout July Covent Garden After Hours celebrates summer with late night openings on Wednesdays to Saturdays and a series of ...More

 
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

 
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea at Balthazar
Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Plumped up lips made from sponge, chocolate torte as gel eyeliner, and rhubarb and ginger cream lined up like brush-on ...More

 
The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
Theatre | Until 21st January 2017 

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 7th January 2017 

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 14th January 2017 

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

 
Hobson's Choice
Hobson's Choice
Theatre | Until 10th September 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Marking the 100th anniversary of the first UK production of Harold Brighouse's classic comedy, Hobson's Choice comes to the Vaudeville ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 28th May 2017 

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 4th June 2017 

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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