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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Art Gallery and Art Museum
Piccadilly, London
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    Kathy M.
    "vintage photos from the masters and Vogue 100 years celebrations"(4 Tips)
    Ashley B.
    "Man Ray portraits exhibition is really good - he knew everyone!!"(3 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "Permanent collection is worth seeing."(4 Tips)
    Roman G.
    "The restaurant on top has one of the best views in London."(11 Tips)
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  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchOctober 12, 2011
    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.
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    Anna EllegaardAugust 5, 2015
    Came here for Marc Quinn's Blood Head. Instant wow-factor! And for the Tudor portraits exhibition, which unfortunately was on loan in Paris when I went. Rest of the collection is great.
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    Oscar TrellesNovember 25, 2014
    Most of the gallery exhibits are available for a suggested £1 donation, enough to keep you busy for at least a couple of hours. Great way to learn some of the history you won't find in the books.
  • Jose L.heart icon on user image
    Jose LopezFebruary 12, 2015
    One of the most important galleries in London, it's a must if you are already at trafalgar, it's right behind the national gallery. Tons of paintings and sculptures from different eras.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MisonAugust 16, 2011
    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.
  • Carl G.heart icon on user image
    Carl GriffinFebruary 14, 2016
    Huge collection of portraits of those who have made Britain the great country it is. Portraits range from playwrights to pop stars and kings to psychologists. Entrance is free.
  • Andy L.heart icon on user image
    Andy LoveJuly 12, 2015
    Lovely selection of portraits, but even more astounding than the famous collections are the new artists. Worth a trip (and a tip!)
  • Paul G.heart icon on user image
    Paul GallagherJuly 28, 2017
    This is an excellent gallery in the centre of London. Perfect for a 15-30 minute visit. I fully recommend popping in to see the latest additions.
  • Rob J.heart icon on user image
    Rob JacksonAugust 30, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The ultimate gallery for portraits of current and historic people. Beautifully arranged and with a nice atmosphere. Look out for the special evening events too!
  • Joana V.heart icon on user image
    Joana ViannaAugust 9, 2015
    Most classical museum in London! If you don't like Renaissance or 1800's paintings, I suggest staying in the Van Gogh and "modern" wing. It should be a 30 minut visit
  • Suzi W.heart icon on user image
    Suzi WaddellSeptember 19, 2014
    Could spend hours here. Most exhibitions are free. good selection of modern portraits, the BP Portrait Artist of Year exhibition very good.
  • Ankur P.heart icon on user image
    Ankur PatelAugust 26, 2014
    The portrait gallery is great, but is often missed by those who only visit the national gallery next door. Well laid out chronologically, and definitely worth a visit.
  • Frances P.
    Frances PangilinanDecember 19, 2013
    They have a 1-hour tour that starts at 2:30pm. Great way to see the important stuff...fast!
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    NuffAugust 6, 2016
    An amazingly diverse collection that looks at (predominately British) portraiture from all angles and time ages.
  • Arix B.
    Arix BiNovember 6, 2016
    Very beautiful Museum with the portraits from the Tudor era to now (like princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II), free!
  • Alastair H.heart icon on user image
    Alastair HiltonSeptember 16, 2014
    For art lovers this is THE place to come. You'll need to set aside a day if you want to see everything.
  • Kathy M.heart icon on user image
    Kathy MayApril 15, 2016
    Lots of interesting to see, vintage photos from the masters and Vogue 100 years celebrations that can't be missed!!
    Upvoted Jul 19
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    Ана ЛековићAugust 6, 2019
    Not bad to learn a bit about some famous people from British history, but if you're in town for a short time there are more impressive museums, especially National gallery next door.
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    paris mcmahonNovember 14, 2015
    The restaurant in the top floor is one of central London's best kept secret for drinks & dinner - stunning views
  • Otel.com
    Otel.comOctober 11, 2011
    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.
  • Pau A.heart icon on user image
    Pau ArlandisJune 27, 2015
    I entered here with not too much enthusiasm and I exited completely enchanted. I love this museum, you can learn a lot history here even if you don't want you. Worst: you can't take pics :(
  • Mahdi H.heart icon on user image
    Mahdi HosseiniSeptember 10, 2017
    You must visit it. With 195.000 portraits, it's one of the most attractive galleries in the UK. I'm sure you'll be surprised!
  • Nataly K.
    Nataly KoukoushkinaAugust 16, 2013
    Free admission. Wonderful collection for better understanding of the royal tree. The portrait of Catherine Middleton (2012) is already there, btw :)
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TgsNovember 1, 2010
    By recommendation i started with Van Gogh, following the turns into more biblical, ornate and tactile pieces i.e. Carlo Crivelli << i like! The space is HUGE, so make u sit and rest between trips, :)
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach StockwellJuly 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It's free. Do one section then leave. Come back another day for more. This gallery works excellently for discrete visits.
  • E K.heart icon on user image
    E K KFebruary 15, 2016
    One of UK's museum gems. Fine historical collections and the occasional modern photographic exhibitions too.
  • Hendy O.heart icon on user image
    Hendy OngkodjojoJanuary 1, 2015
    Great portrait gallery showcasing different portrait types from all ages and many award winning contemporary portraits through the various exhibitions.
  • Justinheart icon on user image
    JustinNovember 9, 2015
    Great & highly varied collection, visit room 24 on the first floor to see pairs of paintings hung at angles allowing them to be viewed together (innovative & effective)
  • Mia B.heart icon on user image
    Mia BAugust 9, 2014
    The art is excellent. Usually quieter than National Gallery. The cafe is also a good meeting place.
  • Katya M.heart icon on user image
    Katya MatveevaOctober 23, 2014
    The gallery itself is very nice, but the restaurant on the third floor is awful! 30f for the set of miserable sweets for person? 25minutes of whiting for some more water?? Sights in window are great
  • Darryl E.heart icon on user image
    Darryl EllsonAugust 24, 2014
    Wonderful gallery. Far better than the national. Art with a history lesson. Opens until 9pm on Thursdays.
  • Roman G.heart icon on user image
    Roman GaponenkoMarch 22, 2014
    The restaurant on top has one of the best views in London. Few know about it, so welcome to the club.
  • Karenheart icon on user image
    KarenJanuary 6, 2018
    Portraits galore of British royalty through the ages. See the real-life portrait of Princess Kate found here. The royal family portrait of King George V and his family is stunning.
  • Ksenia V.heart icon on user image
    Ksenia V.August 3, 2018
    The annual exhibition of contemporary portrait artists. You can even vote for your fav!
  • MD's Sandwiches & Café
    20% off for all Lucian Freud Fans/Lovers, with your entry ticket.... we are just 50meters from the NPG. We are a Viennese Cafe with open Sandwiches, new in London and already talk of town.
  • Ieva A.heart icon on user image
    Ieva AndrukaitytėMarch 6, 2016
    If you have to choose between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery, go to the National Gallery. Much more impressive and diverse.
  • Stephanie F.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie FosterNovember 28, 2015
    Powerful Giacometti exhibition on currently. Really a must see! Existentialism embodied.
  • Josef S.heart icon on user image
    Josef SzottenDecember 28, 2014
    The Taylor Wessing Portrait Photography Prize is always a good choice. Lots of talent and beauty in these images.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    See UK history from Henry VII to today in portraits, then check out the ground and first floor temporary exhibitions. – Green Guide Editor
  • Marie S.heart icon on user image
    Marie S.December 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Temporary exhibitions are a hit or miss. I recommend researching a bit before spending 15£ on a ticket. Permanent collection is free.
  • Giacomo M.heart icon on user image
    Giacomo MasonOctober 3, 2016
    I don't personally love the permanent collection, but the exhibitions are mostly great every time!
  • Nigel H.
    Nigel HewsonDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Portrait Gallery Restaurant has a great little bar for a decent cocktail and a great selection of gins!
  • EDRheart icon on user image
    EDRSeptember 19, 2015
    Always hosting very interesting shows, one of my favourite cultural places in London.
  • Bianca N.heart icon on user image
    Bianca NgAugust 28, 2016
    I love portraits so this gallery was perfect for me. It's so interesting to see all the different styles.
  • Ayshea H.heart icon on user image
    Ayshea HNovember 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth checking out the annual taylor wessing photography prize and their permanent collection is interesting.
  • MLe B.heart icon on user image
    MLe BApril 19, 2018
    Open until 9 on Thursday’s and Fridays!!
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellDecember 10, 2016
    Interesting the personal qualities valued over different centuries, and the physical positions portrait subjects took to emphasize them.
  • Jude H.
    Jude HabibDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Did you know that the National Portrait Gallery runs an amazing outreach programme with community groups in London. Take a look at their website to find out more.
  • Katerina A.heart icon on user image
    Katerina AnnaJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favourite museum in London. If you like portraits, it's definitely a must visit!
  • Ezryn Z.heart icon on user image
    Ezryn ZarofOctober 15, 2018
    I went to the Michael Jackson exhibition and it was nice!
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