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“Lovely museum & cream tea!”

National Portrait Gallery
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Ranked #39 of 1,616 things to do in London
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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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“Lovely museum & cream tea!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

London offers so many museums free to the public it is sometimes hard to choose where to spend your afternoon. This is always one of my favorite to wander with no particular mission as it is always something interesting. In addition the cafe attached to the museum serves a very lovely and reasonably priced afternoon cream tea.

Visited July 2014
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“day out”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Went to this with à group, did go to see Simon Weston portrait and was not disappointed. The group were given a talk on how to inturpt a painting, the lady was very good at her job and we all came away with a better knowledge

Visited August 2014
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

London offers so many museums and art galleries, it can be hard to narrow it down to just a few. The National Portrait Gallery is definitely one to keep on the list. It's near the National Gallery (also a must-see) and offers a huge array or portraits from the past and present. It's not huge, so won't be too exhausting if you plan on spending time in Trafalgar Square or the National Gallery as well.

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Located directly behind the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery is a lovely place to browse through for an afternoon. Much smaller than that National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery is full of portraits of Britain's best, dating from the Tutors to Lilly Allen, Paul McCartney, and Anna Wintour. The Gallery flows very nicely, is easy to navigate and doesn't take too long to get through either. Grab a map and start upstairs with the Tutors and make your way through history to the modern portraits on the lower level. Make sure and stop in the Regency room, where there are benches and live harpsichord music. You can sit and listen in a room full of magnificent paintings, you actually feel like you have stepped back through time. Don't miss the Warhol painting of the Queen, and the mixed media portrait of Isabella Blow. Although this gallery is often overlooked because of its bigger neighbor, take an afternoon and enjoy the National Portrait Gallery, you'll learn a lot about Britain and have a relaxing time in this beautiful museum.

Visited January 2014
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“Good but crowded”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Interesting Virginia Woolf exhibition but marred by numbers let in during 30 min slots. There is a lot of information to read and combination of numbers and small gallery is counter-productive.

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