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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Art Gallery and Art Museum
Piccadilly, London
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  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Time Out London recommend this place
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  • Jose L.
    "... it's right behind the national gallery. Tons of paintings and sculptures from..."(8 Tips)
    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)
    Roman G.
    "The restaurant on top has one of the best views in London."(11 Tips)
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  • Khan A.
    Khan Ahmed5 days ago
    Beautiful collection of paintings.. Must visit
  • Oliver O.
    Oliver Oram1 week ago
    The Tudors section is worth a visit
  • Chris B.
    Chris BauerJanuary 3
    My favorite portrait: Lord Nelson. It's interesting to put faces to all the names in the history book
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellDecember 10, 2016
    Interesting the personal qualities valued over different centuries, and the physical positions portrait subjects took to emphasize them.
  • Arianna B.
    Arianna BisonNovember 6, 2016
    Very beautiful Museum with the portraits from the Tudor era to now (like princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II), free!
  • Ayshea H.
    Ayshea HNovember 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth checking out the annual taylor wessing photography prize and their permanent collection is interesting.
  • Gary H.
    Gary HorOctober 14, 2016
    Adjacent to National Gallery, but this one specialises in portraits as the name suggests. Free admission, by the way.
  • Giacomo M.
    Giacomo MasonOctober 3, 2016
    I don't personally love the permanent collection, but the exhibitions are mostly great every time!
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KoczułapSeptember 27, 2016
    Impressive collection of portraits. Kate is here nowy, so I wait for the royal children.
  • Rob J.
    Rob JacksonAugust 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ 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!
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgAugust 28, 2016
    I love portraits so this gallery was perfect for me. It's so interesting to see all the different styles.
  • Nuff
    NuffAugust 6, 2016
    An amazingly diverse collection that looks at (predominately British) portraiture from all angles and time ages.
  • Miranda B.
    Miranda BukantzMay 2, 2016
    The Vogue 100 exhibition is great!
  • Dani C.
    Dani CarrozaMay 1, 2016
    Vogue 100 was great!
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CurielApril 23, 2016
    Art gallery dedicated to portraits! Quite interesting and worth it
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MayApril 15, 2016
    Lots of interesting to see, vintage photos from the masters and Vogue 100 years celebrations that can't be missed!!
  • 'Mista Montana C.
    Id love to recommend this place but many of the people who work here make very suggestive comments to my grandma about her hip and she did cry
  • B
    BApril 6, 2016
    Come here to admire an array of portraits of great people
  • Renata K.
    Renata KCMarch 26, 2016
    Pictures, canvas, scenario, history
  • Rachel A.
    Rachel ArmorMarch 11, 2016
    Amazing VOGUE 100 Exhibit
  • Ieva A.
    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.
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungFebruary 26, 2016
    Vogue exhibition.
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerFebruary 25, 2016
    Vogue100 exhibition great in parts
  • E K.
    E K KFebruary 15, 2016
    One of UK's museum gems. Fine historical collections and the occasional modern photographic exhibitions too.
  • Carl G.
    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.
  • Hanna K.
    Hanna KayJanuary 14, 2016
    It's free and even if you don't like the paintings you can get a history lesson.
  • Johanan O.
    Johanan OttensooserDecember 31, 2015
    Really fun gallery with a great selection of temporary exhibitions
  • Pedro M.
    Pedro ManchenoDecember 28, 2015
    My favorite area was the book store!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisDecember 18, 2015
    Maybe not as essential as the national gallery but worthwhile nonetheless
  • Stephanie F.
    Stephanie FosterNovember 28, 2015
    In the shop- some of the prettiest Christmas tree decorations - historical figures
  • Stephanie F.
    Stephanie FosterNovember 28, 2015
    Powerful Giacometti exhibition on currently. Really a must see! Existentialism embodied.
  • uaezozo
    uaezozoNovember 16, 2015
    Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 10am-5pm 4$
  • paris m.
    paris mcmahonNovember 14, 2015
    The restaurant in the top floor is one of central London's best kept secret for drinks & dinner - stunning views
  • Justin
    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)
  • James
    JamesNovember 3, 2015
    Wonderfully atmospheric gallery in the heart of bustling London
  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsOctober 31, 2015
    Fascinating place - one can learn so much about history from the people who shaped it.
  • Elisabetta D.
    Elisabetta Di RedaSeptember 19, 2015
    Always hosting very interesting shows, one of my favourite cultural places in London.
  • Joana V.
    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
  • Anna E.
    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.
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favourite museum in London. If you like portraits, it's definitely a must visit!
  • Zach S.
    Zach StockwellJuly 23, 2015
    It's free. Do one section then leave. Come back another day for more. This gallery works excellently for discrete visits.
  • Emma B.
    Emma BanfieldJuly 13, 2015
    Kelly homes portrait. Amazing
  • Andy L.
    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!)
  • David B.
    David BarrieJuly 9, 2015
    The bar / restaurant has a great view over London
  • Jess P.
    Jess ParkerJuly 5, 2015
    Head here on a Friday night to practice your drawing skills!
  • Pau A.
    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 :(
  • Jonas vK
    Jonas vKJune 22, 2015
    Really good place for Art. The app for audioguide doesn't work by the way
  • Loredana A.
    Loredana AlbulescuJune 11, 2015
    No photos allowed, but at floor 0 you can find the portrait of Kate Middelton@♥️ Lovely Oil on canvas by Paul Emsley
  • Jacques
    JacquesMay 13, 2015
    Lots of lovely portraits here. Spend a few hours admiring the paintings ; then stroll round to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BradleyMay 8, 2015
    Great location, less crowded than its sister museum.
  • Gaynor D.
    Gaynor DicksonMarch 27, 2015
    Room 31 favorite so far
  • HaeAn S.
    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 ☺️.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TaylorFebruary 16, 2015
    Great Grayson Perry at the moment. Get a coffee before going as navigating internally is a nightmare
  • Jose L.
    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.
  • Arhondi K.
    Arhondi KorkaFebruary 1, 2015
    Absolutely gorgeous gallery.
  • Y K.
    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.
  • Jerome N.
    Jerome NavarroJanuary 15, 2015
    Free wifi in the museum
  • Hendy O.
    Hendy OngkodjojoJanuary 1, 2015
    Great portrait gallery showcasing different portrait types from all ages and many award winning contemporary portraits through the various exhibitions.
  • Josef S.
    Josef SzottenDecember 28, 2014
    The Taylor Wessing Portrait Photography Prize is always a good choice. Lots of talent and beauty in these images.
  • Marie S.
    Marie S.December 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Temporary exhibitions are a hit or miss. I recommend researching a bit before spending 15£ on a ticket. Permanent collection is free.
  • Guy C.
    Guy CorbetDecember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Allow a couple of days to soak it up
  • Oscar T.
    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.
  • Iman F.
    Iman FaisalNovember 23, 2014
    I can never get enough of this gallery! So bummed I missed the Virginia Woolf exhibition :(
  • Bettina M.
    Bettina MelendezNovember 21, 2014
    Walk in and have a break at this lovely gallery
  • Jef W.
    Jef WegNovember 1, 2014
    The contemporary exhibition of portraits was awe inspiring
  • Katya M.
    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
  • Adam B.
    Adam BřezovjákOctober 18, 2014
    Rembrandt is great!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CarterSeptember 27, 2014
    Great place to soak in some culture :)
  • Suzi W.
    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.
  • Alastair H.
    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.
  • Peter S.
    Peter SigristSeptember 7, 2014
    Spend an hour, maybe two. Don't try to see everything
  • Ankur P.
    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.
  • Darryl E.
    Darryl EllsonAugust 24, 2014
    Wonderful gallery. Far better than the national. Art with a history lesson. Opens until 9pm on Thursdays.
  • Harald B.
    Harald B.August 20, 2014
    Representative cross section of portrait painting of every century of every style
  • miztin
    miztinAugust 18, 2014
    A brilliant gallery in the heart of London. Lovely collection is worth the visit.
  • Mia B.
    Mia BAugust 9, 2014
    The art is excellent. Usually quieter than National Gallery. The cafe is also a good meeting place.
  • Kelly
    KellyApril 24, 2014
    The gallery actually closes ten minutes before the posted time. Arrange your visit accordingly.
  • Andy P.
    Andy PApril 15, 2014
    A superb gallery - with a lovely, often quiet cafe and a great book shop.
  • Anaïs
    AnaïsApril 13, 2014
    Not a lot of people Friday afternoon.
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowApril 6, 2014
    It's not just old stuffy portraits. Lots of younger, cool, hip portraits as well.
  • Roman G.
    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.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieFebruary 13, 2014
    Go to a lecture. amazing minds sharing their passion for free.....
  • The British Monarchy
    The British MonarchyFebruary 12, 2014
    The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to artist Grayson Perry during the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery, 11 February 2014. Read more
  • The British Monarchy
    The British MonarchyFebruary 12, 2014
    The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron, attends the Portrait Gala at the National Portrait Gallery, 11 February 2014. Read more
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Rob J.
    Rob JacksonSeptember 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Thursday night is Late Shift. Music, a bar and a great atmosphere
  • Kay T.
    Kay TAugust 22, 2013
    Phenomenal. History alive as ever. A must visit!
  • 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 :)
  • Berksu U.
    Berksu UçarlıAugust 16, 2013
    Nice portraits of the royal family through years
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁June 24, 2013
    All the good stuff
  • Remy C.
    Remy CottinJune 14, 2013
    George Catlin: American Indian Portraits (Free) - from www.londondrum.com/events/?p=21325
  • Antonio E.
    Antonio E.May 19, 2013
    What I prefered? The video of Beckham sleeping!
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BovanMay 13, 2013
    Man Ray portraits exhibition is really good - he knew everyone!!
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.April 26, 2013
    Marvel at the ugliness of "HRH The Dutchess of Cambridge." Poor Kate.
  • Randall & Aubin
    Randall & AubinMarch 14, 2013
    A host of activities available at this historical British Institution, including free art classes. And let's not forget the portraits themselves!
  • Anna P.
    Anna PopovaFebruary 11, 2013
    Level 0 is more interesting, more contemporary exhibition of portraits, including works of Warhol, Merlin Monroe portraits and portraits of the royal family.
  • Marta!
    Marta!February 7, 2013
    Elizabeth Taylor by Warhol
  • Kinga M.
    Kinga MarkusFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Man Ray Portraits. Perfection in every sense
  • The New Yorker M.
    The New Yorker ManagerFebruary 1, 2013
    Read Janet Malcolm on the creation of Thomas Struth's monumental photograph of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, created in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee: Read more
  • Paolo P.
    Paolo PlataniaJuly 4, 2016
    Bella la parte dedicata ai Tudor e quella moderna/contemporanea.
  • Albina N.
    Albina NaMay 13, 2016
    Очень мало картин внесено в аудио гид. Наушники стоят 1 паунд, аудио гид 4. Можно сесть и тоже рисовать.
  • Mari G.
    Mari GuimarãesApril 10, 2016
    Belíssimos quadros, às vezes tem exposições. Muito bem organizado como todo museu britânico.
  • Kristian R.
    Kristian RatevossianMarch 28, 2016
    Всем советую
  • Jefferson L.
    Jefferson LisboaFebruary 24, 2016
    Se você conhece a história da realeza britânica, esse é o lugar pra colocar os rostos nos famosos nomes..! E se você não conhece, ainda há tempo. Imperdível!
  • Valentina R.
    Valentina ReNovember 19, 2015
    Ingresso gratuito! Esposizione di quadri di varie epoche.
  • Juliana C.
    Juliana CamargoSeptember 14, 2015
    legal a variedade de obras
  • @dmontib
    @dmontibMarch 14, 2015
    Vale la pena
  • Screw A.
    Screw ApplemanFebruary 8, 2015
    Бесплатный вход. Экспозиция позволяет получить представление о том как выглядели монархи. В выходные людно.
  • Angela Teresa R.
    Angela Teresa RispoliDecember 11, 2014
    belissimo!!!!!!!obras fantasticas!vale a visita
  • Jay L.
    Jay LeeOctober 30, 2014
    영국 유명인들의 초상화 모음. 무료!
  • Martita P.
    Martita PinillaOctober 10, 2014
    La gran olvidada. Impresiona por la historia del reino unido a partir de sus personajes
  • 7161440
    7161440October 5, 2014
    Рекомендую к посещению. Есть на что посмотреть.
  • Sang-uk B.
    Sang-uk BaeSeptember 25, 2014
    영국 왕실 및 영국출신 역사적 인물의 초상화를 모아놓은 박물관입니다.
  • Feyza D.
    Feyza Demiralın UrAugust 15, 2014
    Trafalgar Square a gelmeden önce görülebilir
  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    Muy recomendable. Está en un lateral de la National Gallery. Sorprenden las exposiciones dedicadas al hiperrealismo.
  • Divonilde P.
    Divonilde PereiraJuly 2, 2014
    Retratos dos mais importantes personagens da história do Reino Unido.
  • Eddy M.
    Eddy ManietteMay 1, 2014
    Mieux vaut avoir du temps devant soi pour tout faire.
  • Alexey G.
    Alexey GorodnichevMarch 4, 2014
    Свет в галерее великолепен, картины не ютятся, каждая картина дышит. Брейгель старший несравним с собств репродукциями),Моне - водяные лилии прекрасны. Писсарро великолепен. Маленькая по объему.
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