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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

 
Summer School: BP Portrait Award: Next GenerationSummer School: BP Portrait Award: Next GenerationPortraiture drawing with BP Portrait Award artists.24th August 2016Wednesday 24th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventEnds Today
Summer School: BP Portrait Award: Next Generation
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TIMES  22nd, 23rd and 24th August 2016 - 11am  PRICING  Free
Portraiture drawing with BP Portrait Award artists.
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 al24th August 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
 
Portrait Of The DayPortrait Of The DayA half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team on a chosen portrait in the collection.24th August 2016Wednesday 31st August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
Portrait Of The Day
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TIMES  1st June to 31st August 2016 - 12.30pm  PRICING  Free
A half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team on a chosen portrait in the collection.
Visualising Portraits: Black ChroniclesVisualising Portraits: Black ChroniclesLearn about cultural diversity in Victorian Britain.25th August 2016Thursday 25th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Visualising Portraits: Black Chronicles
event  Thursday 25th August 2016
TIMES  Thursday 25th August 2016 - 2pm  PRICING  Free
Learn about cultural diversity in Victorian Britain.
Black Slavery/White Freedom: Two Sides Of A Coin'Black Slavery/White Freedom: Two Sides Of A Coin'A look at how racial slavery provided the conditions for metropolitan freedom in both Britain and the Caribbean.25th August 2016Thursday 25th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Black Slavery/White Freedom: Two Sides Of A Coin'
event  Thursday 25th August 2016
TIMES  Thursday 25th August 2016 - 7pm  PRICING  Free
A look at how racial slavery provided the conditions for metropolitan freedom in both Britain and the Caribbean.
Framing the Face: Collars And Ruffs: BSL Gallery TourFraming the Face: Collars And Ruffs: BSL Gallery TourDafydd Jones focuses on the Framing the Face display.25th August 2016Thursday 25th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Framing the Face: Collars And Ruffs: BSL Gallery Tour
event  Thursday 25th August 2016
TIMES  Thursday 25th August 2016 - 7.30pm  PRICING  Free
Dafydd Jones focuses on the Framing the Face display.
Drop-in DrawingDrop-in DrawingInformal drawing session with Viyki Turnbull.26th August 2016Friday 26th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Drop-in Drawing
event  Friday 26th August 2016
TIMES  Friday 26th August 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING  Free
Informal drawing session with Viyki Turnbull.
Life Drawing: Carnival!Life Drawing: Carnival!Join artist Gayna Pelham in depicting the model in flamboyant motion.26th August 2016Friday 26th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Life Drawing: Carnival!
event  Friday 26th August 2016
TIMES  Friday 26th August 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING  £9, concs £7
Join artist Gayna Pelham in depicting the model in flamboyant motion.
Musicke In The Ayre: From Dusk To DawnMusicke In The Ayre: From Dusk To DawnTenor Daniel Thomson and lutenist Din Ghani present lute songs through the night.26th August 2016Friday 26th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Musicke In The Ayre: From Dusk To Dawn
event  Friday 26th August 2016
TIMES  Friday 26th August 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Tenor Daniel Thomson and lutenist Din Ghani present lute songs through the night.
The Drawing Room: Drawing On Black ChroniclesThe Drawing Room: Drawing On Black ChroniclesExplore the Black Chronicles intervention.29th August 2016Monday 29th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The Drawing Room: Drawing On Black Chronicles
event  Monday 29th August 2016
TIMES  Monday 29th August 2016 - 1pm-3pm  PRICING  Free
Explore the Black Chronicles intervention.

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Contemporary Galleries

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100
 

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Balcony Gallery

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Reception
80
 

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Victorian Galleries

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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

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

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

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

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

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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

 
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Theatre | Until 11th September 2016 

Duchess Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Presented by the award-winning, international comedy company Mischief Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong follows the inept and accident prone ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 4th March 2017 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
 
 
 
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