"National Portrait Gallery" National Portrait Gallery Tip by SallyM

National Portrait Gallery, London: 39 reviews and 55 photos

The National Portrait Gallery is 'hidden' slightly round the corner from the rather more imposing National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. It would be a shame to miss it though, as it's very interesting and there is a very brief biography of each subject, so you know whom you are looking at.

Admission is free, except for special exhibitions, which are to be found on the ground floor, along with the contemporary (post 1990) collections.

The first floor covers the period from Victorians up to the late 20th century (subjects from the latter period include Paul McCartney and Margaret Thatcher).

The second floor has Tudor, 17th century, 18th century and early 19th century portraits.

Opening hours are 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily, with late opening until 9.00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

The cafe in the basement offers a nice range of sandwiches, salads and cakes.

Address: St Martins Place, WC2
Directions: Leicester Square or Charing Cross tubes
Phone: 0 20 7306 0055
Website: http://www.npg.org.uk

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2010
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