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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

BP Portrait Award 2019BP Portrait Award 2019BP Portrait Award 2019The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 40th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which regularly attracts over 2,500 entries, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exh18th June 2019Sunday 20th October 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
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BP Portrait Award 2019
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TIMES 13th June to 20th October 2019 PRICING Free
The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 40th year at the National Portrait Gallery. The highly successful annual open competition, which regularly attracts over 2,500 entries, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for portrait painting. The shortlisted portraits are shown alongside around 50 or so selected works in a free exh...More about this event
Cindy ShermanCindy ShermanCindy ShermanWell known American photographer Cindy Sherman famously made her name in the 1990s using herself as her subject. This exhibition at National Portrait Gallery explores the development of her work from the mid-1970s to the present day. Featuring around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displ27th June 2019Sunday 15th September 2019 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE
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Cindy Sherman
event Running from Thursday 27th June 2019 until Sunday 15th September 2019
TIMES 27th June to 15th September 2019 PRICING 18-20 (Standard), 20-22 (With donation), 17-19 (Concessions), 19-21 (Concs with donation) | 5 (under 25s on Fri)
Well known American photographer Cindy Sherman famously made her name in the 1990s using herself as her subject. This exhibition at National Portrait Gallery explores the development of her work from the mid-1970s to the present day. Featuring around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displ...More about this event

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Contemporary Galleries

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400
Dinner
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

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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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