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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

 
Neil PrinceNeil PrinceThe DJ spins dance music in response to the works on display.22nd June 2018Friday 22nd June 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventToday Only
Neil Prince
event  Friday 22nd June 2018
TIMES  Friday 22nd June 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music in response to the works on display.
BP Portrait Award 2018BP Portrait Award 2018BP Portrait Award 2018The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 39th 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 exh22nd June 2018Sunday 23rd September 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOngoing
BP Portrait Award 2018
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TIMES  14th June to 23rd September 2018  PRICING  Free
The popular BP Portrait Award returns for a 39th 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
 
Michael Jackson: On the WallMichael Jackson: On the WallMichael Jackson: On the WallAlmost a decade after his death, and coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall sees the National Portrait Gallery stage a major exhibition on the man in the mirror. Over 40 works by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry are included in28th June 2018Sunday 21st October 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
event  Running from Thursday 28th June 2018 until Sunday 21st October 2018
TIMES  28th June to 21st October 2018  PRICING  £15.50-£20
Almost a decade after his death, and coinciding with what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall sees the National Portrait Gallery stage a major exhibition on the man in the mirror. Over 40 works by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry are included in... More about this event
 
Marc MacMarc MacThe DJ spins dance music in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.29th June 2018Friday 29th June 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Marc Mac
event  Friday 29th June 2018
TIMES  Friday 29th June 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.
Mr ThingMr ThingThe DJ spins dance music in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.13th July 2018Friday 13th July 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Mr Thing
event  Friday 13th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 13th July 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music in response to Michael Jackson: On the Wall.
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereHouse, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.20th July 2018Friday 20th July 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
event  Friday 20th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 20th July 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
House, hip hop, jungle, acid jazz and soul courtesy of the resident DJ.
Sophie CallisSophie CallisThe DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.27th July 2018Friday 27th July 2018 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free Event 
Sophie Callis
event  Friday 27th July 2018
TIMES  Friday 27th July 2018 - 6pm  PRICING  Free
The DJ spins dance music inspired by Michael Jackson.
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
 
Dinner
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

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40
 
Dinner
100
 

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Tudor Galleries

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80
 

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Portrait Restaurant

Capacity

Reception
200
 
Dinner
100
 

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The Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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150
 

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Thomas Cole: Eden To Empire
Exhibitions | Until 7th October 2018 

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Exhibitions | Until 29th July 2018 

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Exhibitions | Until 12th August 2018 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

The exhibition celebrates the work of children from 27 schools across the UK who have produced paintings, prints, designs and ...More

Thomas Cole's Journey
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Exhibitions | Until 7th October 2018 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery stages the first exhibition to establish British-born Thomas Cole, one of America's leading painters of the mid-19th ...More

 
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire
Exhibitions | Until 7th October 2018 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Ed Ruscha, whose 2005 Venice Biennale installation evoked Thomas Cole's famous 'The Course of Empire' painting cycle of 183336, has ...More

 
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture
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Exhibitions | Until 29th July 2018 

National Gallery 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

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Young Frankenstein
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Theatre | Until 29th September 2018 

Garrick Theatre 1 minute walk from National Portrait Gallery

Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph and Hadley Fraser lead the cast of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' uproarious musical based on his ...More

 
The Moderate Soprano
The Moderate Soprano
Theatre | Until 30th June 2018 

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

Hampstead Theatre's 2015 hit The Moderate Soprano transfers to the West End in April 2018. David Hare's play tells of ...More

 
The Festive Orchestra Of London
Concerts | On 22nd June 2018 

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

The orchestra performs Bach's Concerto For Two Violins In D Minor, Mozart's Divertimento No 3 In F and Pachelbel's Canon ...More

Albany Piano Trio
Concerts | On 22nd June 2018 

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

The group performs Judith Gingham's Chapman's Pool and Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio, Modere, Pantoum (Assez Vif), Passacaille (Tres Large) and ...More

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Exhibitions | On 10th July 

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On Tuesday 10th July, one hundred days after the official 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force, up to 100 aircraft representing the RAF's history will fly over Buckingham Palace. In the hour and a ...More

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