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National Portrait Gallery, London

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An impressively preserved, ornate structure built in the 1850s, National Portrait Gallery contains a collection of portraits painted of significant and famous British people. Perhaps the most notable portrait in the gallery is one of William Shakespeare, but there are approximately 10,000 others to view and consider. Make National Portrait Gallery a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London trip itinerary maker.
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  • A very pleasing visit to see special Picasso exhibition. Went mid morning on Wednes. and didn't need to book in advance. Gallery a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square and round the corner from the Nat...  more »
  • It's done, now I am member of this museum that never cease to amaze me. The exhibits are all more interesting than others, and invite reflection and admiration of the structures and intensities of the works. I advise plenty and I look forward to returning.
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  • Great exhibition NPG, which includes many Picasso art pieces and sketches that you may not have seen before. Nearly all of the collection is 'convential' art, not modern Picasso cubism. If you want a ...  more »
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  • Many memorable exhibitions. Good coffee shop and roof top restaurant. Good gift shop. Unbeatable location. Free access to permanent exhibition.
  • Remarkable permanent collection always accessible for free, with portraits from the Tudors to the Victorians. Very good paid shows, as well (check out the present one, Picasso Portraits). Live music, drinks, drawing classes and tours on Thursdays and Fridays lates (the Gallery is open until 9pm). "Portrait of the day" free to attend everyday at 12:30, too. Must see when in London, or to visit every now and then if leaving in the city.
  • What a wealth of knowledge. Probably better going on your own if you mates just want to look and not learn anything. Really interesting and free entry. However you should tip for such a great free service!
  • Great gallery with a good programme of exhibitions. Entrance to the gallery is free and some of the exhibitions are reasonably priced. Good stuff in the shop too.
  • As with many of the galleries and museums in London, it's free (except for special exhibits), which includes a free cloakroom. The works on display are incredibly varied (although obviously all portraiture) and well curated, situated in an iconic building. Worth a visit or several.