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National Portrait Gallery
2 St. Martin's Place (Trafalgar Square)
(44) 020-7306-0055 | www.npg.org.uk
ATTRACTIONPortraits' Place to Shine
HOURS/TIMESSat.-Wed.: 10:00am-6:00pm; Thurs.-Fri.: 10:00am-9:00pm
POPULAR TIMESAfternoons and weekends
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSGallery's contemporary collection including portraits of modern-day British celebs
TUBELeicester Square; Charing Cross
Classic museum feel (though some of the exhibits of pictures from the more recent decades have a slightly more modern vibe).
GO HERE WITH
Yourself; friends; family
WHY WE LIKE IT
Great lessons in British history from the Tudors to the present, through the faces of prominent citizens (be sure to hit the contemporary exhibit featuring portraits of Victoria and David Beckham by Dean Freeman, David Bowie by Stephen Finer, Nigella Lawson by Tom Miller, Queen Elizabeth II by Rankin Waddell, and J. K. Rowling by Neil Wilder). We also like that the rooms represent varying themes and time periods (e.g. science industry in the 18th century)– they make the museum educational and easy to follow.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
We loved the contemporary photos and were longing for more.
GOOD TO KNOW
Great audio tours available for GBP 3 that you can time and drive yourself. (They suggest taking a pamphlet along on your audio tour so you can hit the right portraits and ensure that you listen to the correct descriptions of the selected works on your device.) No cameras permitted in the museum.
National Gallery (London)
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