United Kingdom

St Martin's Place

Phone: 020 7312 2463
Fax: 0207 3060056

The National Portrait Gallery

"The National Portrait Gallery is a magical place... its ability to captivate and enchant is virtually unequalled among museums. It allows the public not only to peer into art and history, but politics, science, culture and much more" (Financial Times)
The National Portrait Gallery has the largest collection of portraits in the world. As one of the only national collections to commission work, we combine the contemporary with the historical, making the National Portrait Gallery a living archive of Britain's most influential and famous figures.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Face of Fashion: Portraits by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi and Mario Sorrenti. 15 February – 28 May.

Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700 – 1850. 8 March – 17 June.

BP Portrait Award 2007. 14 June – 16 September.

Daily Encounters: Photographs from Fleet Street. 5 July – 21 October.

Pop Art Portraits. 11 October – 20 January 2008.

Photographic Portrait Prize 2007. 8 November 2007 – 24 February 2008.


Entry to the building is free.
There are charges for special exhibitions throughout the year. Ticket prices vary.
Disabled visitors pay concessionary rates and carers are entitled to free admission.

Opening hours

Open daily 10am - 6pm
Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9pm.

Last admission to paying exhibitions is 45 minutes before the Gallery closes. Last admission to David Hockney Portraits 1 hour before the Gallery closes
Closing commences 10 minutes prior to the stated time.
The Gallery is closed 24-26 December.

Concessionary rates also apply to senior citizens, ES40 cardholders and students in full-time education.
Please note that photography is not allowed anywhere in the Gallery.

Getting there

By underground The nearest underground stations to the Gallery are: Charing Cross 230 metres, Leicester Square 195 metres, and Embankment 490 metres. Please note these stations do not have a lift.
By bus Comprehensive bus routes information is available on the Transport for London's Journey Planner website.
By rail Charing Cross station 320 metres from the St Martin's Place entrance.
By car, taxi or Dial-a-Ride Set down and pick up at the ramp entrance in Orange Street, which is reached via Haymarket. The ramp provides direct access to the Contemporary Collection and to temporary exhibitions held in the Wolfson and Porter Galleries. There are no car parking facilities at the Gallery. Five public parking spaces for orange/blue badge holders are located in St Martin's Street opposite the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing. A public car park is located on the corner of Whitcomb Street and Orange Street. The car park is approximately 195 metres from the Orange Street entrance to the Gallery. To discuss parking arrangements please contact the car park staff directly on 02078395858. Please note there are height restrictions for tall vehicles.


Reservations: 020 7312 2490 (BT's Type Talk: 18001)
The National Portrait Gallery's roof-top restaurant boasts spectacular views over London, and has quickly established itself as one of the capital's most sought after dining areas, set 92 feet above ground level on the third floor of the Gallery's new Ondaatje wing.
Diners can enjoy an unparalleled vista of Nelson in Trafalgar Square and across Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. Operated by the renowned catering firm, Searcy's, The Portrait Restaurant offers some of the finest modern British food daily for lunch and two evenings a week - Thursday and Friday to coincide with the Gallery's extended opening hours.
The head chef is Swedish born Katarina Todosijevic. Katarina has worked for several prestigious Searcys outlets, starting at Waterstones Piccadilly, she opened 1802, the bar & dinning rooms at the Docklands museum in 2003 & joined us at The Portrait Restaurant in October 2005. Her previous experience was with the Conran Group
The 80-seat restaurant and adjacent 25-seat bar area are open throughout the day. The Dixon Jones partnership, the architects for the new wing, have created an interior in the restaurant and bar to make maximum use of the restaurant's spectacular panoramic views.

Museum internal and external photos (4)

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Through the support of Members, the Gallery has been able to continue with vital restoration and conservation of the Collection. Please join today and help fund a variety of essential work at the Gallery.
Unlimited Free Entry to all National Portrait Gallery paying exhibitions every time you visit
The opportunity for you and a guest to be the first to see the exhibitions at Members afternoon previews
Special programme of Members events, including 'meet the artist evenings', lectures and occasional tours to related arts organisations
Receive advance notice of the Public Programme of Events, and book tickets at concessionary prices for Members
10% discount off your bill in the Portrait Restaurant, the Portrait Café and the Gallery's book and gift shops
Free Subscription to Face to Face the Gallery's newsletter
Types of Membership:
Individual membership for one person:
- By Direct Debit £25
- Through online shop £30
Individual membership with Guest Pass* for one person who can bring a guest every time they visit
- By Direct Debit £35
- Through online shop £40
Joint Membership for two individuals at the same address
- By Direct Debit £42
- Through online shop £47
Joint Membership with Guest Pass* for two individuals at the same address who would like to bring one guest when they visit
- By Direct Debit £52
- Through online shop £57
*Please note that only one Guest Pass can be bought with each membership
If you require any further information or have any questions please contact:
Emma Black
Membership Officer
Tel: 020 7312 2404
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