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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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  • It is always difficult to find a table on a Sunday so do book. Quite the best way to see one of its special exhibitions - we saw Picasso's Portraits which were sensational- is to have a lazy late lunc...  more »
  • I particularly enjoyed the Portait Gallery because it gave a more historical perspective along with the art (which, let's be honest, is usually full of saints, etc.). This put a "face to the number" o...  more »
  • We enjoyed looking around here for a couple of hours. Very interesting. Lots of famous people! Very good. 
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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.