I love visiting The Scottish National Portrait Gallery –its a great red sandstone neo-gothic palace on Queen St, within swishing distance of the tram and Harvey Nichols. Following a dramatic three-year refurbishment, completed in December 2011, the Gallery now offers 17 new displays. Each of these explores different aspects of the story of Scotland and her people, told through a wealth of imagery including portraits of famous historical figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots, Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Robert Burns, through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts. Many exhibitions are free, but worth paying to see: Lee Miller and Picasso.
Photographer Lee Miller first met Picasso in the summer of 1937 whilst holidaying in the South of France. In the ensuing years she photographed the Spanish artist more than 1,000 times and he in turn, painted her portrait six times. Round off your trip to the Portrait Gallery with a visit to Café Portrait, where you can take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee and cake in impressive surroundings. For July, the Café is running a decadent afternoon tea for two people priced at only £30 which includes: tea, range of sandwiches, desserts, scones jam and cream.
1 Queen Street
TELEPHONE NO. 0131 624 6421
Monday – Wednesday – 10am-5pm
Thursday – 10am-6.30pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 10am-5pm
Please book online for Afternoon Tea only from 2:30 pm and let us know of any dietary requirements