National Portrait Gallery

Art Gallery, Art Museum
St. Martin's Pl
London, Greater London WC2H 0HE
+44 20 7306 0055
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 9:00pm
10:00am - 9:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm
10:00am - 6:00pm


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  • One of the gallerys most famous pictures is the Chandos portrait, which is said to be of William Shakespeare by his friend Richard Burbage. But some dispute its provenance.
  • As you leave each room, look at the painting/sculpture by the door. almost all of them stare at you condescendingly proclaiming "leaving are you? well...fine". very amusing
  • All good stuff, but our favourite section is the first-floor gallery by the escalator (Room 32). Remarkable 20th Century portraiture from the likes of Sutherland, Spear and Freud.
  • I can never get enough of this gallery! So bummed I missed the Virginia Woolf exhibition :(
  • The National Portrait Gallery is open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays
  • This must-see museum houses over 160,000 portraits of famous Brits (think Mick Jagger, Queen Victoria) dating back to the 16th century. It also is home to a trove of Cecil Beaton images.
  • Free professional art classes every friday, starting just after 6 pm!
  • Man Ray portraits exhibition is really good - he knew everyone!!
  • It's not as famous as its generalist neighbour, but it's well worth a visit in its own right. Keep an eye out for temporary exhibitions, too, although not all of them are worth the money.
  • Must see the Tudors Portrait Gallery. Fantastic views from the restaurant over many of London's most emblematic buildings. Lunch a bit expensive for what you get, service not so good.
  • Could spend hours here. Most exhibitions are free. good selection of modern portraits, the BP Portrait Artist of Year exhibition very good.
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  • Elizabeth Taylor by Warhol
  • always great exhibitions. it's a must if you're around.
  • Earliest portrait? That of Henry VII. Don't forget that contemporaries never referred to themselves or their monarchs as 'Tudors'.
  • Here, you will see amazing portraits (drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures, etc.) of notable figures of the country's history like those of Shakespeare, Henry VII, and the band Blur. Opens 10 am.
  • Must see, especially if you're into Photographs exhibitions!
  • The Gallery was founded in 1856 as the first in the world - quite independent from collections of royal, family or business portraits.

Nearby places

Trafalgar Sq
Trafalgar Sq
Leicester Sq