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National Portrait Gallery

#37 of 1,275 things to do in London
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Address: St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, England
Phone Number: 020 7306 0055
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Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: 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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I come here often to check out the latest expositions. It's open late a few nights/week, too, so folks who cannot come before five can enjoy it. It's also possible to tour the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I come here often to check out the latest expositions. It's open late a few nights/week, too, so folks who cannot come before five can enjoy it. It's also possible to tour the non-exhibition part for no cost.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Up until recently, I did not realise that the National Portrait Gallery was a free attraction. I also did not realise the extent of what was on display here. I was particularly impressed with the Tudor Portraits - so beautiful and familiar, but even more stunning in person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Always a good place to call into when in London. the exhibits are renewed regularly and there is always a great exhibition to see - this time it was Audrey Hepburn. No charge for general entrance, a well kept gallery and pleasant staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The gallery has many contemporary portraits painted in different styles. It is an interesting way to spend a few hours enjoying art and with diversity in the subjects it has a wide appeal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you can visit before mid september to see this years entrants in the portriat competition, do so, it is a reminder to us all that there are still amazingly talented youngsters out there. This would have received 5 stars if only the directions were clear. Cafe downstairs not cheap but food looked inviting and fresh and your supporting the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Do visit the BP Awards 2015 exhibition before it closes on 20th September - there is some exceptionally good talent on display again this year. The Audrey Hepburn exhibition is great too and there is a nice, but slightly pricy cafe downstairs in the basement.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Artists everywhere. The Gallery is great, with a lot of very famous portraits and a lot of famous people, curious stories and facts. It's a bit annoying though, to cross around all people who sit literally everywhere and try to draw those portraits or sculptures. Still - a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed seeing the Tudors but every painting was interesting. Thought the downstairs cafe was a bit bleak but the paintings are superb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Even my 13-year old daughter enjoyed it very much. We spent almost two hours strolling and looking at interesting portraits in a light and relaxing atmosphere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

walking through SOHO is worth getting to the Gallery itself. Great to put faces to prominent and important figures in England history

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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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