The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

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Venue Hire - Floor Plans and Capacities

The spectacular spaces available for hire offer a wide range of  options for clients. The Gallery is home to the largest collection of  portraits in the world and celebrates the lives and achievements of those who have influenced British history, culture and identity. From the eminent individuals that adorn the Gallery’s walls to the dedicated Events Team who work with you to plan your event, the National Portrait Gallery is the perfect host for your special event.

Ground floor

Ground floorplan

Ondaatje Wing Main Hall

Reception 200 guests

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Lerner Galleries

Reception 400 guests
Dinner 100 guests

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First floor

First Floorplan

Balcony Gallery

Reception 80 guests

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Victorian Galleries

Reception 200 guests
Dinner 120 guests

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Second floor

Second Floorplan

Tudor Galleries

Reception 80 guests
Dinner 40 guests

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17th and 18th Century Galleries

Reception 400 guests
Dinner 300 guests

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Other levels

Other levels floorplan

Portrait Restaurant

Reception 200 guests
Dinner 70-90 guests

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Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.

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Regency familiar faces

Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.

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Who do you think you were?

Answer a few lifestyle questions about the Elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!

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