In-Person Tour: Highlights of the National Gallery

Wednesday 29th November 10.30AM GMT

This event is fully booked but will be repeated in March – click here for details.


Join us for an in-person guided tour of the National Gallery with Art History in Focus Director and Gallery lecturer Siân Walters, including breakfast and followed by lunch.

The day will begin with tea, coffee and pastries in the Gallery’s elegant Ochre Restaurant, followed by a guided tour of both well-loved and little-known works in the National Gallery. Artists under discussion should include Raphael, Rubens, Murillo, Piero della Francesca, van Eyck and Henri Rousseau, and there will be a chance to examine recent acquisitions such as Sorolla’s “The Drunkard, Zarauz” and Bernardo Cavallino’s “Saint Bartholomew”.** There will also be discussion of framing, display and restoration, allowing for a greater understanding of how the works are presented and cared for.

After the tour, you may like to join the group for lunch. Please note, lunch is optional and not included in the price – please email us when booking to let us know if you would like to be included in the lunch reservation, including details of any food allergies/intolerances. Payment for lunch can be made on the day.

This is an in-person event and places will be limited to 25 people. Everyone is most welcome to join, although Friends of Art History in Focus have priority booking until 5 September.  Spaces on this event are strictly limited, so early booking is advisable

**Please note that the Sainsbury Wing is currently closed for renovation work. Many paintings have been redisplayed across the rest of the Gallery, but it is not possible to give an exact list of works which will be included in the tour, due to regular rehangings.


10.30 – 11.15. Breakfast (included) will be served in the gallery’s Ochre Restaurant. Please enter the restaurant via the Charing Cross Road entrance opposite St Martins-in-the-Fields church. The restaurant will be opened exclusively ahead of opening hours for our group, so please ensure that you say that you are with our group, in order to gain access.

11.15 – 12.45 Guided tour of the collection.

12.45 – 2.45 Lunch at Spaghetti House on Haymarket, 5 mins’ walk from the National Gallery.

The price is £40 per person and includes a guided tour and breakfast.

Location and Directions:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN.

To view a map of Ochre restaurant please click here. Please enter the restaurant via the Charing Cross Road entrance, opposite St Martins-in-the-Fields church.

Travel Information:
The nearest tube stations are Leicester Square and Charing Cross. If you are coming from Waterloo, you may wish to take the overland train from Waterloo East which brings you into Charing Cross railway station, which is a regular and efficient service. For more details about planning your journe

Further Information


Click on the gold “Book Now” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted. Normally we will not need to send you any further information, so please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your receipt will be sent to this address, thank you.

If making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses when booking them as separate participants.

We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked (please do let us know if you would like to do so, and give us the name of the person who will be taking your place).

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.