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National Portrait Gallery

#39 of 1,515 things to do in London
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Address: 2 St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7306 0055
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Thu - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors...

This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.

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Free Face to Face Meetings Through the Ages

Located just around the corner from The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square (to the right hand side and adjacent to St Martin's in The Fields Church) lies the NPG. Free entry... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located just around the corner from The National Gallery on Trafalgar Square (to the right hand side and adjacent to St Martin's in The Fields Church) lies the NPG. Free entry (special exhibitions excepted) to view some amazing artwork throughout the ages. I do agree with other reviews that the Gallery should maybe be visited on a number of occasions... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The National Portrait Gallery is located just off Trafalgar Square and next to the National gallery. If you are not overwhelmed with sensory overload it is thus easy to do both in one afternoon. There are often special exhibits and of course many portraits of famous historical figures.

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Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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Great for a wander and look at some fantastic portraits while trying to kill some time in between meetings in central London.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Natiinal Portrait Gallery full of treasures from throughout the ages. From Charles Dickens to Amy Winehouse. Well arranged in different period rooms. Also statues. Nice seating areas. Also has a gift shop and cafe. Book shop has a wealth of books and touch screens you can take gallery tours on. Free entry except for special exhibitions. At the moment... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to the Picasso exhibition of portraits with rather pre-conceived views that I would not like it, but I found myself uplifted. His early portraiture is extremely traditional. What this exhibition does best is to show the development of the artist and the man through his life and friends. In its breadth and scale it is quite superb.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have to admit, I have never been interested in spending my time viewing framed brush strokes as I am much more enamored with architecture. However, I did spend a little time here and I am forever changed by the beauty and depth and intensity that I witnessed in the works displayed. There is so much more to art than... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great place to visit - some of their exhibitions are amazing - and it's just across the road from St Martin's in the Fields where you can get really good food and coffee

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There are so many portraits to see, the space and building are rather spectacular. You are overwhelmed by the amount of detailed portraits. The dates and names are very interesting to look at. If you want to see everything I suggest you do it in a few visits rather than being able to go once, do it all and take... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Similar to other museums around the old western world, this essentially represents a collection of selfies of the British rich and powerful of their day. If you have the stomach for this sort of thing you will love it. Free admission generally, some specific exhibitions have a fee, £5 or more. Cloakrooms at £1 or £2. Restaurant on the top... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

FREE, no charge to view this fascinating collection, dating from the 16th century on. The detail in some of these life-size portraits are amazing, showing faces, gowns, jewelry etc. on the women, and the men and children handsomely done. One advances through the galleries in sequential order from early times. Take your time, and nice choose of restaurants/cafes.

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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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