National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London (must see)

If you like portraits, why not give yourself a treat, while in London, at the National Portrait Gallery located next door to the National Gallery, at St Martin’s Place, just off Trafalgar Square.

Established in 1856, this gallery promotes through portraits the men and women who made mark in the British history and culture. Pursuant to this goal, the gallery boasts the world's largest collection of portraits including caricatures, drawings, paintings and sculptures, selected primarily not for their authors' greatness or technical excellence, but for the unique feeling they create. Among them, of course, there are some truly great works of art as well, including the portrait of Shakespeare dated around 1610, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, as well as a self-portrait of Winston Churchill. Recent additions to the collection include painted and photographic images of Mick Jagger, Tony Blair, J.K. Rowling and others.

Aside from portraits, the gallery also provides a good choice of savouries in its Portrait Restaurant and Bar. Their afternoon tea menu, other than sandwiches, scones and desserts, also features salads and other culinary treats, depending on season. As an extra bonus, the restaurant treats visitors to the great view over Trafalgar Square and further afield, taking in the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. To enjoy all this, you need to book in advance. The afternoon tea is served daily.

Why You Should Visit:
A unique collection of portraits, where royalty, celebrities, and the common folk are represented on canvas. No other museum in London feels so purely English.

Tip:
There is a fabulous restaurant on top of the building with amazing views (but book in advance, as it tends to always be booked up).

Opening Hours:
Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat-Thu: 10am-6pm
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Sight Name: National Portrait Gallery
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Holborn/Covent Garden Walk  

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Holborn/Covent Garden Walk

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During this self guided walking tour around Holborn and Covent Garden areas you will have a chance to visit such famous and interesting London attractions, as National Gallery, London Coliseum, London Transport Museum and many others. Don't miss your chance to explore the best of the Holborn and Covent Garden areas.

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