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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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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 Artist14th December 2018Sunday 3rd February 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Gainsborough's Family Album
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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
 
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 amat14th December 2018Sunday 27th January 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018
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TIMES  18th October 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
 
Ben OsborneBen Osborne28th December 2018Friday 28th December 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ben Osborne
event  Friday 28th December 2018
TIMES  Friday 28th December 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and OliverElizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and OliverElizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and OliverSmall is beautiful and nowhere more so than at this National Portrait Gallery display, the first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. Showcasing the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard and French born Isaac Oliver, Elizabethan Treasures includes portraits of Elizabeth I, Sir Walte21st February 2019Sunday 19th May 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
event  Running from Thursday 21st February 2019 until Sunday 19th May 2019
TIMES  21st February to 19th May 2019  PRICING  £10, £12 (with donation)
Small is beautiful and nowhere more so than at this National Portrait Gallery display, the first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. Showcasing the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard and French born Isaac Oliver, Elizabethan Treasures includes portraits of Elizabeth I, Sir Walte... More about this event
 
Only Human: Photographs by Martin ParrOnly Human: Photographs by Martin ParrOnly Human: Photographs by Martin ParrBritain in the time of Brexit is seen through the lens of Martin Parr, a photographer famous for his wry observations of Britishness. The new works form just one section of Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr which opens at the National Portrait Gallery this spring. Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines nat7th March 2019Monday 27th May 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr
event  Running from Thursday 7th March 2019 until Monday 27th May 2019
TIMES  7th March to 27th May 2019  PRICING  £18, £20 (with donation)
Britain in the time of Brexit is seen through the lens of Martin Parr, a photographer famous for his wry observations of Britishness. The new works form just one section of Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr which opens at the National Portrait Gallery this spring. Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines nat... More about this event
 

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Balcony Gallery

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Victorian Galleries

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200
 
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Weldon Galleries

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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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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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150
 

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Mantegna and Bellini
Mantegna and Bellini
Exhibitions | Until 27th January 2019 

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Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna, two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, who were also related by marriage, ...More

 
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits
Exhibitions | Until 10th February 2019 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters ...More

 
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
Theatre | Until 2nd February 2019 

Garrick Theatre 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

David Threlfall, best known as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's Shameless, and Rufus Hound reprise their roles as Don Quixote ...More

 
Summer and Smoke
Summer and Smoke
Theatre | Until 19th January 2019 

Duke of York's Theatre 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall's "shiveringly beautiful production" (The Sunday Times) of Tennessee ...More

 
Locrian Ensemble
Concerts | On 14th December 2018 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Justin Pearson, Roger Humphrey and Jonathan Darbourne conduct Corelli's Christmas Concerto, the traditional The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Howard Blake's ...More

Jonathan Radford And Christine Zerafa
Concerts | On 14th December 2018 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

The saxophonist and pianist together perform Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, Vaughan Williams's Six Studies In English Folk Song, Manuel De ...More

St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services
St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols & Services
Seasonal | Until 30th December 2018 

St Martin-in-the-Fields 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a perfect venue for any kind of service or concert - especially when candlelit and on a ...More

 
English National Ballet: Nutcracker
English National Ballet: Nutcracker
Dance | Until 30th December 2018 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

A very traditional interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman's the Nutcracker, English National Ballet's version was first performed in 2010 to celebrate ...More

 
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols
Seasonal | Until 25th December 2018 

Trafalgar Square 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square has received a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of ...More

 
The Band
The Band
Theatre | Until 12th January 2019 

Haymarket Theatre Royal 2 minutes walk from National Portrait Gallery

With the music of Take That and featuring the winners of the BBC's Let It Shine TV talent search, Tim ...More

 

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Mamma Mia! The Party
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Be immersed in the world of sunshine and ABBA songs as Mamma Mia! The Party ...More

 
Richard Alston Dance Company: Quartermark
Dance | From 1st March 

Sadler's Wells Theatre

The acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company, entering its 25th year, makes the first of its final two visits to Sadler's Wells. The company presents two new works and ...More

Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa: Vessel
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Filling the Sadler's Wells stage with 7,500 litres ...More

 
Les Antliaclastes: Waltz Of The Hommelettes
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Barbican The Pit

Masked performers, sound, music, automatons and sculptural puppets ...More

 
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
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Barbican Centre

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Lee Krasner: Living Colour
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Exhibitions | From 30th May 

Barbican Art Gallery

One of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, Lee ...More

 
The Lehman Trilogy
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Theatre | From 11th May 

Piccadilly Theatre

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy transfers ...More

 
Mary Quant
Mary Quant
Exhibitions | From 6th April 

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Following on from Christian Dior and Balenciaga, both the subject of fashion forward V&A exhibitions, ...More

 
The Moon
The Moon
Exhibitions | From 1st July 

National Maritime Museum

Not just for the lunatics and the conspiracy theorists, The Moon is a major exhibition ...More

 
Bussey Rooftop Bar
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Parallel to Frank's Cafe on the roof of the Bussey Building, the Bussey Rooftop Bar ...More

 
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