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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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  • Andy P.heart icon on user image
    Andy PApril 15, 2014
    A superb gallery - with a lovely, often quiet cafe and a great book shop.
  • miztinheart icon on user image
    miztinAugust 18, 2014
    A brilliant gallery in the heart of London. Lovely collection is worth the visit.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Londonist
    LondonistMay 2, 2010
    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. Read more
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhillipsOctober 31, 2015
    Fascinating place - one can learn so much about history from the people who shaped it.
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellDecember 10, 2016
    Interesting the personal qualities valued over different centuries, and the physical positions portrait subjects took to emphasize them.
    BLOUIN ARTINFOAugust 22, 2011
    The Gallery was founded in 1856 as the first in the world - quite independent from collections of royal, family or business portraits. Read more
  • Hanna K.heart icon on user image
    Hanna KayJanuary 14, 2016
    It's free and even if you don't like the paintings you can get a history lesson.
  • prima f.heart icon on user image
    prima filiNovember 12, 2017
    It’s great for practicing your portrait sketching skills. Staff won’t make a fuss about you drawing.
  • Johanan O.heart icon on user image
    Johanan OttensooserDecember 31, 2015
    Really fun gallery with a great selection of temporary exhibitions
  • Gary H.heart icon on user image
    Gary HorOctober 14, 2016
    Adjacent to National Gallery, but this one specialises in portraits as the name suggests. Free admission, by the way.
  • Jonas vKheart icon on user image
    Jonas vKJune 22, 2015
    Really good place for Art. The app for audioguide doesn't work by the way
  • Jamesheart icon on user image
    JamesNovember 3, 2015
    Wonderfully atmospheric gallery in the heart of bustling London
  • National Maritime M.
    The NPG’s collections feature 85 portraits of Nelson, including Gillray’s 1798 caricature depicting him clubbing a group of writhing crocodiles representing French warships. Find your maritime story. Read more
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    The exhibitions aren't the most ground breaking. Permanent collection is worth seeing.
  • Pedro P.heart icon on user image
    Pedro PignatariMay 29, 2018
    the best museum in town. free. stat at least 2.5h here
  • Natasha 'Tashster' B.
    Be sure to try to get someone to do one of you before you leave; state that you feel it's an insult you aren't on the walls and watch the reaction!
  • Kelly
    KellyApril 24, 2014
    The gallery actually closes ten minutes before the posted time. Arrange your visit accordingly.
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    BApril 6, 2016
    Come here to admire an array of portraits of great people
  • London24
    London24May 9, 2012
    The National Portrait Gallery has been visited by numerous heads of state. Another interesting visitor was a tiger cub from the national zoo, who was named after then Gallery Director, Marvin Sadik.
  • Y K.heart icon on user image
    Y KimJanuary 24, 2015
    You might think a gallery filled with portraits must be boring but actually it is not. One of the must-see galleries/museums for sure.
  • Nico M.
    Nico MacdonaldOctober 17, 2010
    The cafe/restaurant at the top has a great view but if it's busy try the cafe in the crypt of St Martin-in-the fields, opposite.
  • Chris B.heart icon on user image
    Chris BauerJanuary 3, 2017
    My favorite portrait: Lord Nelson. It's interesting to put faces to all the names in the history book
  • Jacques
    JacquesMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of lovely portraits here. Spend a few hours admiring the paintings ; then stroll round to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square
  • Mar R.
    Mar RodriguezAugust 2, 2010
    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.
  • BB O.
    BB OneAugust 13, 2019
    The current Cindy Sherman Exhibit is well worth going to see!
  • Miranda B.heart icon on user image
    Miranda BukantzMay 2, 2016
    The Vogue 100 exhibition is great!
  • Miranda
    MirandaFebruary 13, 2010
    Open til 9pm on Thurs and Fridays. It's mostly free. Only bother with the ground floor exhibits. Get up close and personal to Sir Paul Maxime Nurse in Room 35. Fabulous view from top floor bar.
  • Mike H.heart icon on user image
    Mike HJuly 24, 2019
    A good breakfast with a fabulous view!
  • Jess B.
    Jess BurvillApril 6, 2012
    Go to the gallery lates to avoid tourist hordes, and of course dont leave without stopping for a cocktail at the bar updstairs first
  • Stephanie F.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie FosterNovember 28, 2015
    In the shop- some of the prettiest Christmas tree decorations - historical figures
  • Purple Frog
    Purple FrogMay 21, 2011
    Find the small but perfectly formed portrait of the great Ronnie Corbett in Room 41a and the iconic Blur album cover by Julian Opie in Room 35. Read more
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BarrieJuly 9, 2015
    The bar / restaurant has a great view over London
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliNovember 26, 2017
    Undisputedly the largest portrait collection in the world
  • Tom D.
    Tom DepypereJanuary 13, 2013
    On the top floor there is a restaurant with a magnificent view. Just magnificent. Why not have dinner there?
    HISTORY UKFebruary 15, 2011
    One of the gallery’s 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.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BradleyMay 8, 2015
    Great location, less crowded than its sister museum.
  • Khan A.heart icon on user image
    Khan AhmedApril 22, 2017
    Beautiful collection of paintings.. Must visit
  • Kasia K.heart icon on user image
    Kasia KoczułapSeptember 27, 2016
    Impressive collection of portraits. Kate is here nowy, so I wait for the royal children.
  • Sarah T.heart icon on user image
    Sarah TaylorFebruary 16, 2015
    Great Grayson Perry at the moment. Get a coffee before going as navigating internally is a nightmare
  • Irakli G.
    Irakli GozalishviliSeptember 2, 2012
    Much bigger, then it seems! One could easily spend a whole day here
  • Kay T.
    Kay TAugust 22, 2013
    Phenomenal. History alive as ever. A must visit!
  • Rob J.heart icon on user image
    Rob JacksonSeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Thursday night is Late Shift. Music, a bar and a great atmosphere
  • Berksu U.
    Berksu UçarlıAugust 16, 2013
    Nice portraits of the royal family through years
  • Cass Art
    Cass ArtAugust 16, 2012
    Vote for your favourite portrait at the BP Portrait exhibition and be in with the chance of winning a Cass Art Artists' oil box set
  • Jess P.heart icon on user image
    Jess ParkerJuly 5, 2015
    Head here on a Friday night to practice your drawing skills!
  • HaeAn S.heart icon on user image
    HaeAn SungMarch 24, 2015
    A lot of portraits! Enjoyed especially the Narrative portrait of Sir Unton and David Beckham's short film of his sleeping ☺️.
  • Alan M.
    Alan MortonOctober 27, 2017
    I always find myself feeling out of place here for some reason - little unwelcoming :/
  • Harald B.
    Harald B.August 20, 2014
    Representative cross section of portrait painting of every century of every style
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