Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait') by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger  oil on canvas, circa 1592NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

We will take a journey in British history through portraits, starting with the fabulous Ditchley portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and ending with the stimulating work by contemporary artists such as Marc Quinn and Sam Taylor-Johnson.

The National Portrait Gallery is an ideal place to get to know the great British personalities, to gain an understanding why the portraits were selected and why these individuals were considered important at the time. It is also interesting to learn about how the technique, purpose of portraiture and collecting have changed over the times, reflecting the attitudes of today.

The visit is particularly atmospheric and romantic if done at night. Why not conclude with a glass of champagne in the fabulous rooftop restaurant?