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National Portrait Gallery, London

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Contact: +44 20 7312 2463/+44 20 7306 0055
Open Hours: M-W 10a-6p, Th-F 10a-9p, Sa-Su 10a-6p
The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of movers and shakers in British history from the Tudors to the present day, making it a must for lovers of art. Founded in 1856, the collection on display is among the most comprehensive in the world and no restrictions are placed on the mediums used. There are traditional oil paintings and watercolors, as well as drawings, miniatures, sculptures, silhouettes, caricatures and photographs. Admission is free, but certain exhibitions may be charged.