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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

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017Three photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award on display at the National Portrait Gallery every November. The shortlist includes photographs of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and a J24th January 2018Thursday 8th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
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TIMES16th November 2017 to 8th February 2018† PRICING£5 (Adults), £3.50 (Concs), Free for members
Three photographers have been shortlisted for this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award on display at the National Portrait Gallery every November. The shortlist includes photographs of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, a girl fleeing ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, and a J...†More about this event
Cezanne PortraitsCezanne PortraitsCezanne PortraitsIn a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 Cézanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, Cézanne is widely thought of as one of t24th January 2018Sunday 11th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
Cezanne Portraits
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TIMES26th October 2017 to 11th February 2018† PRICINGAdult £20, concession £18.50
In a major new exhibition, The National Gallery brings together more than 50 C√©zanne Portraits from collections across the world for the first time, with some that have never before been on public display in the UK. With a repertoire of almost 200 portraits and a unique method of building form with colour, C√©zanne is widely thought of as one of t...†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 in24th January 2018Monday 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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TIMES13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018† PRICINGFree
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
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.25th January 2018Thursday 25th January 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
eventThursday 25th January 2018
TIMESThursday 25th January 2018 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Nicola Woodward: Winds Of ChangeNicola Woodward: Winds Of ChangeA fascinating, historical journey using piccolo, alto, baroque and folk flutes.26th January 2018Friday 26th January 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Nicola Woodward: Winds Of Change
eventFriday 26th January 2018
TIMESFriday 26th January 2018 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
A fascinating, historical journey using piccolo, alto, baroque and folk flutes.
Richard OsborneRichard OsborneThe guest DJ plays sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery, including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll.1st February 2018Thursday 1st February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Richard Osborne
eventThursday 1st February 2018
TIMESThursday 1st February 2018 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
The guest DJ plays sets that correspond to specific temporary exhibitions taking place at the Gallery, including pop, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll.
Ani BatikianAni BatikianThe violinist performs a solo programme featuring much loved music by Bach, Paganini, Kreisler, Piazzola and others.2nd February 2018Friday 2nd February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Ani Batikian
eventFriday 2nd February 2018
TIMESFriday 2nd February 2018 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
The violinist performs a solo programme featuring much loved music by Bach, Paganini, Kreisler, Piazzola and others.
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.8th February 2018Thursday 8th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
eventThursday 8th February 2018
TIMESThursday 8th February 2018 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Apple Of My EyeApple Of My EyeLondon-based modern folk troubadours who blend traditional instruments and vocal harmonies.9th February 2018Friday 9th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Apple Of My Eye
eventFriday 9th February 2018
TIMESFriday 9th February 2018 - 6.30pm† PRICINGFree
London-based modern folk troubadours who blend traditional instruments and vocal harmonies.
Guest DJ: John SizzleGuest DJ: John SizzleThe drag artist and DJ, John, will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Music will be chosen to reflect the atmosphere, weather and mood within the space.15th February 2018Thursday 15th February 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Guest DJ: John Sizzle
eventThursday 15th February 2018
TIMESThursday 15th February 2018 - 6pm† PRICINGFree
The drag artist and DJ, John, will be spinning a selection of music in the gallery as part of the Late Shift programme. Music will be chosen to reflect the atmosphere, weather and mood within the space.

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Balcony Gallery

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Victorian Galleries

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200
Dinner
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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80

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Reception
200
Dinner
100

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150

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