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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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The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016Claudio Rasano's photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize prize while other shortlisted entries include a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. Held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, the 15,000 pound prize, o21st January 2017Sunday 26th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
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TIMES  17th November 2016 to 26th February 2017  PRICING  £3 (Adults), £2 (Concs), Free for members
Claudio Rasano's photograph of a Johannesburg schoolboy won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize prize while other shortlisted entries include a group of Israeli Orthodox Jews by Kovi Konowiecki and a Californian surfer and his girlfriend by Joni Sternbach. Held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, the 15,000 pound prize, o... More about this event
 
Picasso PortraitsPicasso PortraitsPicasso PortraitsPicasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits21st January 2017Sunday 5th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Picasso Portraits
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TIMES  6th October 2016 to 5th February 2017  PRICING  £17.50, concs £15.50
Picasso's portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory. On display will be portraits... More about this event
 
Luc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: Glasses"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An21st January 2017Sunday 2nd April 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Luc Tuymans: Glasses
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TIMES  4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017  PRICING  Free
"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An... More about this event
 
Antony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectA life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October21st January 2017Thursday 7th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Antony Gormley: Object
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TIMES  7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017  PRICING  Free
A life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October... More about this event
 
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereTake advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.26th January 2017Thursday 26th January 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 26th January 2017
TIMES  Thursday 26th January 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.
Late ShiftLate ShiftSingers and musicians perform acoustic sets.27th January 2017Friday 27th January 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Late Shift
event  Friday 27th January 2017
TIMES  Friday 27th January 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Singers and musicians perform acoustic sets.
Guest DJ: John SizzleGuest DJ: John SizzleThe drag artist and DJ, John, will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Music will be chosen to reflect the atmosphere, weather and mood within the space.2nd February 2017Thursday 2nd February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: John Sizzle
event  Thursday 2nd February 2017
TIMES  Thursday 2nd February 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The drag artist and DJ, John, will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Music will be chosen to reflect the atmosphere, weather and mood within the space.
Catherine Lee And Joseph WarwickCatherine Lee And Joseph WarwickThe cello and guitar duo perform South American music from Piazzolla to Tom Jobim.3rd February 2017Friday 3rd February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Catherine Lee And Joseph Warwick
event  Friday 3rd February 2017
TIMES  Friday 3rd February 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
The cello and guitar duo perform South American music from Piazzolla to Tom Jobim.
Resident DJ: Eddie OtchereResident DJ: Eddie OtchereTake advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.9th February 2017Thursday 9th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere
event  Thursday 9th February 2017
TIMES  Thursday 9th February 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Take advantage of the Gallery's late opening and enjoy DJ Eddie's set and a drink at our pop-up bar.
John HegleyJohn HegleyPerformance poet from Luton.9th February 2017Thursday 9th February 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
John Hegley
event  Thursday 9th February 2017
TIMES  Thursday 9th February 2017 - 7pm  PRICING  £8, concs £7
Performance poet from Luton.

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Contemporary Galleries

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Balcony Gallery

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Victorian Galleries

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200
 
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120
 

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Weldon Galleries

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150
 
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100
 

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17th and 18th Century Galleries

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40
 
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Tudor Galleries

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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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