Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

National Portrait Gallery

 

About National Portrait Gallery

The gallery houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist.

The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures.

One of its best-known images is the Chandos portrait, the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare.
 

Address

National Portrait Gallery,
St Martin's Place,
London,
WC2H 0HE

Ticket prices

The main gallery is free to visit, although they may charge for the temporary exhibitions.

Prices last checked June 2023

Link to National Portrait Gallery's website

Opening Hours

The gallery is open daily from 10:30am to 6pm, and late to 9pm on Friday & Saturday.

Opening hours last checked June 2023

Accessibility

All the entrances have step-free access and all levels of the Gallery are connected by lifts. The Gallery has accessible toilets, a Changing Places Toilet, and the cafés, restaurant and shops have step-free access.

Staff and volunteers are fully trained to support people who require assistance.

There are induction loops at the Information Desk, Cloakroom Desk, Ondaatje Wing Theatre, shops, cafés, restaurant, Learning Studios, Orange Street reception, and the Heinz Archive and Library.

A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge from the Information Desk.

Guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome at the Gallery. A water bowl is available at the Information Desk.

What's the nearest railway station to National Portrait Gallery

The nearest station is London Charing Cross station which is 0.1 miles away.

News

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

The Time is Always Now Artists Reframe the Black Figure
A major study of the Black figure – and its representation in contemporary art.
The Time is Always Now Artists Reframe the Black Figure
10:30am to 6pm
Soho
Ends on Sun 19th May
2024-02-22
2024-05-19
Showcasing more than 160 rare vintage prints, this exhibition spans the career of both artists – and suggests new ways to look at their work.
10:30am to 6pm
Soho
Ends on Sun 16th June
2024-03-21
2024-06-16

 

Exhibitions opening soon

Tudor paintings by Hans Holbein the Younger and contemporary photography by Hiroshi Sugimoto meet in the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition of historic portraiture since reopening.
Open from Thu 20th June to Sun 8th September
2024-06-20
2024-09-08

Forthcoming events

Hear from Professor Patrizia Di Bello in a lecture that explores the representation of women working in photography throughout history and contemporary arts.
2024-04-25
Thursday, 25th Apr 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
Celebrating the legendary actress Sarah Siddons and the first biography about her in over 50 years, Jo Willett uncovers previously unpublished sources to reveal new insights into Sarah’s marriage, life and career.
2024-05-09
Thursday, 9th May 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
Contemporary artist Esther Teichmann will look at the ways in which photography is used to transport a viewer beyond reality and into a dream space.
2024-05-23
Thursday, 23rd May 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
In this lecture, Elizabeth Norton explores seven ages of Tudor woman, from childhood to old age.
2024-06-20
Thursday, 20th Jun 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
Sarah Gristwood follows the passage of power from Isabella of Castile through Anne Boleyn and on to Elizabeth I and Jeanne d’Albret, heroine of the Protestant Reformation.
2024-06-27
Thursday, 27th Jun 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
In this lecture, Nicola Clark explores the daily lives of ladies-in-waiting, revealing the secrets of recruitment, costume, what they ate, where (and with whom) they slept.
2024-07-11
Thursday, 11th Jul 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
In this lecture, John Guy and Julia Fox explore the most infamous of Henry’s marriages
2024-09-05
Thursday, 5th Sep 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
Drawing on her recent book, Emily Butterworth will introduce the figure of Queen Marguerite de Navarre, also known as Marguerite d’Angoulême.
2024-07-25
Thursday, 25th Jul 1pm to 2pm
 
Soho
Soho
Join Ekow Eshun, the curator of our current exhibition The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure, in Conversation with Dorothy Price, the curator of the Royal Academy’s current exhibition Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: Art, Colonialism and Change.
2024-05-03
Friday, 3rd May 7pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Soho
Join exhibition curator Charlotte Bolland as she introduces the Gallery’s new major exhibition Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII’s Queens.
2024-06-21
Friday, 21st Jun 7pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Soho
This panel discussion will explore different perspectives on the experience of adapting the biographies of Queens for storytelling in musicals, operas and plays, novels, film and television.
2024-07-12
Friday, 12th Jul 7pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Soho
Tudor historian Suzannah Lipscomb explores the historiography of Henry VIII’s Queens.
2024-09-06
Friday, 6th Sep 7pm to 8pm
 
Soho
Soho