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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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Contemporary Galleries

Capacity

Reception
400
 
Dinner
100
 

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Balcony Gallery

Capacity

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

Capacity

Reception
40
 
Dinner
100
 

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Tudor Galleries

Capacity

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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Reception
150
 

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Drop-In Drawing: Gaynor PelhamDrop-In Drawing: Gaynor PelhamAn informal class suitable for everyone from complete beginners to accomplished artists.27th May 2016Friday 27th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Drop-In Drawing: Gaynor Pelham
event  Friday 27th May 2016
TIMES  Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING  Free
An informal class suitable for everyone from complete beginners to accomplished artists.
Life Drawing: Russia And The Arts: Poses, Characters And GesturesLife Drawing: Russia And The Arts: Poses, Characters And GesturesDrawing session with artist Andy Pankhurst.27th May 2016Friday 27th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Today Only
Life Drawing: Russia And The Arts: Poses, Characters And Gestures
event  Friday 27th May 2016
TIMES  Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm  PRICING  £9, concs/mems £7
Drawing session with artist Andy Pankhurst.
Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & LoveLive Music: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & LoveMusical settings of Shakespeare texts and stories of love by composers from around the world.27th May 2016Friday 27th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & Love
event  Friday 27th May 2016
TIMES  Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm  PRICING  Free
Musical settings of Shakespeare texts and stories of love by composers from around the world.
Portrait Of The DayPortrait Of The DayA half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.27th May 2016Friday 27th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Portrait Of The Day
event  Friday 27th May 2016
TIMES  Friday 27th May 2016 - 7.30pm  PRICING  Free
A half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.
Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and TchaikovskyRussia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and TchaikovskyRussia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky The National Portrait Gallery shares its 160th anniversary celebration with a Russian cultural institute exactly the same age, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow . In a direct cultural exchange, London is loaned celebrated portraits for Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, while Moscow is given portraits of famous Briton27th May 2016Sunday 26th June 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
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Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky
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TIMES  17th March to 26th June 2016  PRICING  £6 (Adults), £5 (Concessions)
The National Portrait Gallery shares its 160th anniversary celebration with a Russian cultural institute exactly the same age, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow . In a direct cultural exchange, London is loaned celebrated portraits for Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, while Moscow is given portraits of famous Briton... More about this event
 
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 ch27th May 2016Sunday 14th August 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
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
 
Portrait Of The DayPortrait Of The DayA half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.28th May 2016Saturday 28th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Portrait Of The Day
event  Saturday 28th May 2016
TIMES  Saturday 28th May 2016 - 12.30pm  PRICING  Free
A half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.
Weekend Workshop: Renaissance-inspired Photographic PortraitsWeekend Workshop: Renaissance-inspired Photographic PortraitsLearn how to replicate painterly tone and lighting in the photography studio.28th May 2016Sunday 29th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Weekend Workshop: Renaissance-inspired Photographic Portraits
event  Running from Saturday 28th May 2016 until Sunday 29th May 2016
TIMES  Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2016 - 11am-5pm  PRICING  £150, concs/mems £125
Learn how to replicate painterly tone and lighting in the photography studio.
Portrait Of The DayPortrait Of The DayA half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.29th May 2016Sunday 29th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Portrait Of The Day
event  Sunday 29th May 2016
TIMES  Sunday 29th May 2016 - 12.30pm  PRICING  Free
A half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.
Portrait Of The DayPortrait Of The DayA half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.30th May 2016Monday 30th May 2016 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Portrait Of The Day
event  Monday 30th May 2016
TIMES  Monday 30th May 2016 - 12.30pm  PRICING  Free
A half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team.
 
 

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
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Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

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Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
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Taking into account its favour with the critics and several Tony nominations, irreverent puppet comedy ...More

 
 
 
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