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“Who's Who in British History”

National Portrait Gallery
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This world-famous museum houses portraits of noted Britons from the Tudors to the present day.
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“Who's Who in British History”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

As in my title, this is the main reason to go to this free museum near more visited National Gallery. Do you want to see Tudor Kings/Queens, some tyrants and Kings in one, Kings/Queens' lovers, famous commoners? They are all there. Victims of World War I and group portrait of leaders from Europe before the war are also there. War is really ugly, brothers against brothers.

What drew my most interest is a portrait showing all British generals before World War I. Well, it is more like an imagination since no way the painter can bring all generals for the portrait but those people "literally rule the world" at that time.

Can I paint something similar now? I can vision my portrait with manic Kim Jong-un jumping, Putin and Xi Jinping smoking cigars and dealing something. Obama who has no clue but snooping behind a door, ha ha.

Visited May 2014
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“For those who do not ike portraits”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Yes, I know the title looks paradoxical. But that was my experience. Not a great fan of protraits, I still learn consierably about history just reading the information close to every portrait.

Visited July 2013
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Never tire of coming back”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This place is one of my favourite London attractions. It's amazing and we were blown away by the new exhibitions. We could spend all day there. Oh and the shop is just great.

Visited February 2014
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“Most impressed!”
Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

The museum is the most impressed site in London. I found many faces whom I saw in history book in childhood!

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

This was another stop in London that I thought I would go in, quickly see portraits from the Tudor era and then fly out the door to something else. Wrong! Three hours later, I walked out the door, amazed at the beautiful portraits I had seen, not just from the Tudor era (though I did stay in that area longer than most) but throughout the gallery. The art work is displayed beautifully and again, we had a minimal amount of people around and so it was reasonably quiet and peaceful. We debated between visiting the National Portrait Gallery rather than the National Gallery (knowing we couldn't do both) but we couldn't pass up the amazing opportunity to see the paintings I had enjoyed seeing in books (Elizabeth I Coronation Portrait for one.) A great treat.

Visited May 2014
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