National Portrait Gallery
The Late Shift
Yes, the National Portrait Gallery itself is an obvious destination for tourists and locals in London. But do yourself a favor (if you can) and go during the "Late Shift" hours on Thursday and Friday when the museum is open till 9pm. Not only will you avoid the crowds, but there's a DJ, a full bar, and lots of mingling about. You can wander the galleries downstairs with a bellini in hand and marvel at the new portrait of Catharine, The Duchess of Cambridge, and her oddly puffed cheeks and pursed lips. The main galleries and permanent installations are also open (no drinks allowed, though), so grab an audio guide and learn a thing or two about the Tudors, Beatrix Potter, and Winston Churchill.
By Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
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National Portrait Gallery London
The National Portrait Gallery has the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. It is a very unique place dedicated to the collection of portraits from all over the world.