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 - Hire Charges

The National Portrait Gallery is available for exclusive hire on Monday to Thursday evenings from 18.30 and throughout the week from 08.00 to 10.00 for breakfast events. The Portrait Restaurant is also available for private receptions and dinners on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The Ondaatje Wing Theatre can be hired as part of an evening or breakfast event. Please speak to the Events Team for more information.

Hire Fees From

Reception in a Gallery space


Reception in the Portrait Restaurant


Reception in a Gallery space and Dinner in the Portrait Restaurant


Reception and Dinner in a Gallery space


Breakfast in a Gallery space or the Portrait Restaurant


Reception across the whole Gallery


Weekend hire of the Portrait Restaurant


*All rates are exclusive of VAT at the current rate.

Special Exhibitions and Private Tours

Ensure your private event is truly memorable by combining it with exclusive access to the National Portrait Gallery’s special temporary exhibitions. Offering your guests a private view of our otherwise ticketed exhibitions would be a fantastic addition to your event. Tour guides can also be offered at a cost of £250 per guide. Gallery highlights and thematic tours can also be arranged to enable your guests to experience an expert insight into key portraits from our permanent Collection.

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

Explore the exhibition

Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

View the 360s

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

See the video