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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

 
Michael Jackson: On the WallMichael Jackson: On the WallMichael Jackson: On the WallFor Michael Jackson fans and super-fans - and it doesn't get more committed than the 16 singing Thriller in Candice Breitz's 'King' - the National Portrait Gallery's major exhibition on the man in the mirror will be a must-see. Almost a decade after his death, and continuing on what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Ja26th September 2018Sunday 21st October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
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TIMES  28th June to 21st October 2018  PRICING  £15.50-£20
For Michael Jackson fans and super-fans - and it doesn't get more committed than the 16 singing Thriller in Candice Breitz's 'King' - the National Portrait Gallery's major exhibition on the man in the mirror will be a must-see. Almost a decade after his death, and continuing on what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Ja... More about this event
 
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.28th September 2018Friday 28th September 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 28th September 2018
TIMES  Friday 28th September 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Ruby SavageRuby SavageThe DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.5th October 2018Friday 5th October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Ruby Savage
event  Friday 5th October 2018
TIMES  Friday 5th October 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.12th October 2018Friday 12th October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 12th October 2018
TIMES  Friday 12th October 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Just VibezJust VibezThe DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.19th October 2018Friday 19th October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Just Vibez
event  Friday 19th October 2018
TIMES  Friday 19th October 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.26th October 2018Friday 26th October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 26th October 2018
TIMES  Friday 26th October 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018A mother holding her baby, a child from a remote village in the jungle in Sierra Leone, a series on the all-female teams of majorettes in South Africa and a double portrait of a pair of shoppers in London are the four photographs shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Open to professionals, emerging artists and amat18th November 2018Sunday 27th January 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
 
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018
event  Running from Sunday 18th November 2018 until Sunday 27th January 2019
TIMES  18th November 2018 to 27th January 2019  PRICING  £5 (Adults), £3.50 (Concs), Free for members
A mother holding her baby, a child from a remote village in the jungle in Sierra Leone, a series on the all-female teams of majorettes in South Africa and a double portrait of a pair of shoppers in London are the four photographs shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. Open to professionals, emerging artists and amat... More about this event
 
Gainsborough's Family AlbumGainsborough's Family AlbumGainsborough's Family AlbumThe National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artist22nd November 2018Sunday 3rd February 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
 
Gainsborough's Family Album
event  Running from Thursday 22nd November 2018 until Sunday 3rd February 2019
TIMES  22nd November 2018 to 3rd February 2019  PRICING  With donation: £14.50-£16 | Without donation: £12.50-£14
The National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artist... More about this event
 

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Contemporary Galleries

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Reception
400
 
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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

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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Reception
150
 

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