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Friday Lates

The Gallery after-hours.

FREE entry, Every Friday
18.00 – 21.00

Music & bar Ondaatje Wing Main Hall 18.00 – 20.30

Drop-in Drawing and Life Drawing 18.30 – 20.30

Talks & film screenings Ondaatje Wing Theatre 19.00 unless otherwise stated


Friday Lates offer creativity, inspiration, conversation and a social space where everyone is welcome. Start your weekend in style by visiting our world-class exhibitions or discovering the Collection after hours.  Enjoy a drink at the bar and music inspired by our exhibitions, join our hugely popular mass Drop-in Drawing occupation of the Gallery and explore ideas about art, culture and society with our talks programme.

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Free unless otherwise stated


Visitors attending Gallery lecture

Talks and Screenings

Hear leading artists, historians, academics and writers respond to our Collection and temporary exhibitions.

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Drawing class at the National Portrait Gallery


Join guest artists for our popular weekly drawing session every Friday in the Gallery and Life Drawing on the last Friday of each month.

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Friday Lates DJ Edward Otchere


Listen and unwind at the bar as our DJs create sets in response to the works on display.

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What’s On this Friday?


Painting of The Blue Bower by artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Take a look at our current programme of exhibitions and displays

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£5 exhibition ticket offer

£5 exhibition tickets

Are you Under 25? Every Friday enjoy £5 entry to all paid exhibitions.

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Roof top restaurant bar

Eat, Drink and Shop

Every Friday from 18.00 – 20.30 enjoy a drink in the Friday Lates bar located in the Main Hall. Alternatively relax in the Portrait Café (Floor - 3) or head up to our Portrait Restaurant (Floor 3) for delicious food and spectacular views.

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Visitor Comments

“I love and enjoy drop-in drawing sessions… All the tutors and staff members are very helpful, encouraging, patient and knowledgeable.”

“Wonderful way to spend a Friday evening.”

“Really enjoyed it. Very relaxing.”

“What a privilege to be able to draw in the National Portrait Gallery!”

“Great fun”

“The drop-in drawing sessions are very well organised… The team is very helpful and it provides opportunities for young and old people to raise their interests in art.”

“Great crowd and space to draw. Definitely coming back.”