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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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BP Portrait Award 2017BP Portrait Award 2017BP Portrait Award 2017The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 o26th June 2017Sunday 24th September 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
BP Portrait Award 2017
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TIMES  22nd June to 24th September 2017  PRICING  Free
The increasingly popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 38th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which attracted 2,557 entries from 80 countries last year, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The three shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 o... More about this event
 
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And BosieMarlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And BosieContemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by the South African artist.26th June 2017Monday 30th October 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
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TIMES  29th March to 30th October 2017 - Various Times  PRICING  Free
Contemporary portraits of the literature great Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, known as Bosie, by the South African artist.
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 October26th June 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
 
Life, Death and MemoryLife, Death and MemoryLife, Death and MemoryTracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a free display Life, Death and Memory which looks at the complex and sometimes troubling relationship between portraiture and mortality. An ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, Tracey Emin's work - transforming herself in26th June 2017Monday 16th April 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Life, Death and Memory
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TIMES  13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018  PRICING  Free
Tracey Emin's 'Death Mask' has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and can be seen as part of a free display Life, Death and Memory which looks at the complex and sometimes troubling relationship between portraiture and mortality. An ironic reference to the autobiographical nature of her work, Tracey Emin's work - transforming herself in... More about this event
 
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and DanceTrinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and DanceAcademy students perform works by Messiaen.30th June 2017Friday 30th June 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Trinity Laban Conservatoire Of Music and Dance
event  Friday 30th June 2017
TIMES  Friday 30th June 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Academy students perform works by Messiaen.
Guest DJ: Mr MadamGuest DJ: Mr MadamDJ Mr Madam will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Featuring music from Thomas Tallis, Gracie Fields, Grace Jones, John Barry, Duke Ellington, Lord Creator and more.6th July 2017Thursday 6th July 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: Mr Madam
event  Thursday 6th July 2017
TIMES  Thursday 6th July 2017 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
DJ Mr Madam will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Featuring music from Thomas Tallis, Gracie Fields, Grace Jones, John Barry, Duke Ellington, Lord Creator and more.
The BRIT SchoolThe BRIT SchoolStudents perform experimental responses to the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition.7th July 2017Friday 7th July 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
The BRIT School
event  Friday 7th July 2017
TIMES  Friday 7th July 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Students perform experimental responses to the BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition.
Investec Opera Holland Park: Regency RossiniInvestec Opera Holland Park: Regency RossiniSingers from the company perform a selection of Rossini arias.14th July 2017Friday 14th July 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Investec Opera Holland Park: Regency Rossini
event  Friday 14th July 2017
TIMES  Friday 14th July 2017 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Singers from the company perform a selection of Rossini arias.
The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To RembrandtThe Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To RembrandtPortrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein and Rembrandt.14th July 2017Sunday 22nd October 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To Rembrandt
event  Running from Thursday 13th July 2017 until Sunday 22nd October 2017
TIMES  13th July to 22nd October 2017 - Various Times  PRICING  £10, mems £8.50, concs Free
Portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein and Rembrandt.
Sunday Sessions: Comic CharactersSunday Sessions: Comic CharactersAttractions & Museums, Tourist Attraction.16th July 2017Sunday 16th July 2017 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Sunday Sessions: Comic Characters
event  Sunday 16th July 2017
TIMES  Sunday 16th July 2017 at 1pm-2.30pm and 3pm-4.30pm  PRICING  Free
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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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100
 

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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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150
 

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