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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

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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

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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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    Cornelius Johnson: Charles I's Forgotten PainterCornelius Johnson: Charles I's Forgotten PainterPaintings by the forgotten man of seventeenth-century art.5th September 2015Sunday 13th September 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Cornelius Johnson: Charles I's Forgotten Painter
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    TIMES  25th June to 13th September 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Paintings by the forgotten man of seventeenth-century art.
    BP Portrait Award 2015BP Portrait Award 2015BP Portrait Award 2015Three artists have been shortlisted for first prize at the 2015 BP Portrait Award: Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle and Guy; Michael Gaskell for Eliza; and Borja Buces Renard for My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening. Returning to the National Portrait Gallery for its 36th year the highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 5th September 2015Sunday 20th September 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    BP Portrait Award 2015
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    TIMES  18th June to 20th September 2015  PRICING  Free
    Three artists have been shortlisted for first prize at the 2015 BP Portrait Award: Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle and Guy; Michael Gaskell for Eliza; and Borja Buces Renard for My Mother and My Brother on a Sunday Evening. Returning to the National Portrait Gallery for its 36th year the highly successful annual open competition, which attracted ... More about this event
     
    Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe And Ishbel MyerscoughFriendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe And Ishbel MyerscoughPaintings and drawings exploring the artists' lives and shared history, from their student days to the present.5th September 2015Monday 28th September 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
    Category: event
    Free EventOngoing
    Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe And Ishbel Myerscough
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    TIMES  25th June to 28th September 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Paintings and drawings exploring the artists' lives and shared history, from their student days to the present.
    Creative Connections Year 3: CamdenCreative Connections Year 3: CamdenPortraits of people who have local connections, created by the children of the London borough of Camden with the photographer, Kate Peters.5th September 2015Saturday 10th October 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Creative Connections Year 3: Camden
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    TIMES  1st July to 10th October 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Portraits of people who have local connections, created by the children of the London borough of Camden with the photographer, Kate Peters.
    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon Marking 65 years since Audrey Hepburn performed at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's - the space now occupied by the National Portrait Gallery's public Archive - NPG presents a major photography exhibition on the film star. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will follow Hepburn's rise to fame, from her early years in Holland to becoming a stage 5th September 2015Sunday 18th October 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
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    Marking 65 years since Audrey Hepburn performed at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's - the space now occupied by the National Portrait Gallery's public Archive - NPG presents a major photography exhibition on the film star. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon will follow Hepburn's rise to fame, from her early years in Holland to becoming a stage ... More about this event
     
    Women And The First World WarWomen And The First World WarPhotographs and vintage postcards which illustrate the range of roles taken up by females in WW1 and were produced to encourage more women to contribute to the war effort.5th September 2015Sunday 25th October 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Women And The First World War
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    TIMES  25th June to 25th October 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Photographs and vintage postcards which illustrate the range of roles taken up by females in WW1 and were produced to encourage more women to contribute to the war effort.
    John Swannell: Roy Strong At 80John Swannell: Roy Strong At 80Photographic portraits that transport the Gallery's former director through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.5th September 2015Saturday 31st October 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    John Swannell: Roy Strong At 80
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    TIMES  24th June to 31st October 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Photographic portraits that transport the Gallery's former director through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.
    Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, FeministKeir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, FeministA selection of portraits of the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament.5th September 2015Tuesday 1st December 2015 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist
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    TIMES  25th June to 1st December 2015 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    A selection of portraits of the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament.
    The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect HardingThe Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect HardingHigh quality miniatures by the painter and copyist, featuring some of the original portraits, now in the National Portrait Gallery displayed alongside Harding's copies.5th September 2015Sunday 17th January 2016 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding
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    TIMES  24th June 2015 to 17th January 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    High quality miniatures by the painter and copyist, featuring some of the original portraits, now in the National Portrait Gallery displayed alongside Harding's copies.
    Curators Choice: Photographs From The Terence Pepper GiftCurators Choice: Photographs From The Terence Pepper GiftTwo rooms of photographs, featuring images from the Victorian and Edwardian periods and pictures from the 60s and other times of cultural significance.5th September 2015Sunday 24th January 2016 Where:
    National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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    Free EventOngoing
    Curators Choice: Photographs From The Terence Pepper Gift
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    TIMES  25th June 2015 to 24th January 2016 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
    Two rooms of photographs, featuring images from the Victorian and Edwardian periods and pictures from the 60s and other times of cultural significance.
     
     

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    Aubrey Beardsley: Artist And Aesthete
    Exhibitions | Until 1st March 2016 

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    Black and white drawings and illustrations by the cult figure of the decadent aesthetic movement....More

    Friendship Portraits: Chantal Joffe And Ishbel Myerscough
    Exhibitions | Until 28th September 2015 

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    Paintings and drawings exploring the artists' lives and shared history, from their student days to the present....More

    Creative Connections Year 3: Camden
    Exhibitions | Until 10th October 2015 

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    Portraits of people who have local connections, created by the children of the London borough of Camden with the photographer, ...More

    John Swannell: Roy Strong At 80
    Exhibitions | Until 31st October 2015 

    National Portrait Gallery

    Photographic portraits that transport the Gallery's former director through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters....More

    Curators Choice: Photographs From The Terence Pepper Gift
    Exhibitions | Until 24th January 2016 

    National Portrait Gallery

    Two rooms of photographs, featuring images from the Victorian and Edwardian periods and pictures from the 60s and other times ...More

    Pictured & Seen
    Exhibitions | Until 30th November 2015 

    National Portrait Gallery

    An exhibition exploring the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture. Co-curated by Bristol ...More

    Portrait Of The Day: Talk
    Exhibitions | Until 30th September 2015 

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    A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection....More

    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
    Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
    Exhibitions | Until 18th October 2015 

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    Marking 65 years since Audrey Hepburn performed at renowned West End nightclub Ciro's - the space now occupied by the ...More

     
    BP Portrait Award 2015
    BP Portrait Award 2015
    Exhibitions | Until 20th September 2015 

    National Portrait Gallery

    Three artists have been shortlisted for first prize at the 2015 BP Portrait Award: Matan Ben-Cnaan for Annabelle ...More

     
    Women And The First World War
    Exhibitions | Until 25th October 2015 

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    Photographs and vintage postcards which illustrate the range of roles taken up by females in WW1 and were produced to ...More

     
     
     
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