National Portrait Gallery, London

4.6
#11 of 254 in Museums in London
An impressively preserved, ornate structure built in the 1850s, National Portrait Gallery contains a collection of portraits painted of significant and famous British people. Perhaps the most notable portrait in the gallery is one of William Shakespeare, but there are approximately 10,000 others to view and consider. National Portrait Gallery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, London Edition.
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  • Last week we became members of the National for £80.00 for the year and book lunch for Friday in there restaurant to take the opportunity of being in London and take in some art at the same time, You ...  more »
  • We've eaten several times in this restaurant which has splendid views over London, particularly Nelson's Column and Westminster. However, the last visit was a poor day and the liver was so bad it was ...  more »
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  • A wonderful museum heralding portraits of Great Britain’s past and present. Kings, queens, prime ministers and cabinet members are well represented as well as special exhibit of nationally acclaimed portraits. Also there are several seasonal gallery areas worth visiting. I tried to show in my photos, a sampling of the wonderful portraits in this exquisite gallery. It is well worth a visit. Plan on at least 2 hours to really do the gallery justice. It is free.
  • Often overlooked, hidden in the shadow of the National Gallery. Even though the National Portrait Gallery doesn't have all the glamour or the prominent entrance from Trafalgar Square it is well worth the visit. Portraits of monarchs, merchants, scientists and lots of others show just how much preparation is necessary for something just as simple as a portrait. With the clear progression through time, one can easily follow how the British high society has been evolving and what details are given prominence in each era. I would totally recommend a visit and would even suggest the National Portrait Gallery over the National Gallery if you only have time for one of them.
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