Back to top Skip to main content

Elizabethan Treasures

Members' exclusive: enter our ballot to win an exclusive afternoon tea for two in the Portrait Restaurant with views over London, tickets to the five-star exhibition Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, and exhibition catalogue.

13 hours left to enter
Ballot closing date 19 Apr 2019 9am pair of tickets available 1 Date & time 13 May 2019 10am 17 May 2019 10am Location National Portrait Gallery, London

Members' exclusive: enter our ballot to win an exclusive afternoon tea for two in the Portrait Restaurant with views over London, tickets to the five-star exhibition Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, and exhibition catalogue.

The portrait miniatures of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods are hailed among the greatest works of art ever produced in the British Isles - and this is the first major UK exhibition of these exquisite and precious miniatures for a generation.

Winners of this exclusive ballot will be able to bring along a friend to the exhibition of these treasures for free, so you can both explore the jewel-like world of portrait miniatures and learn more about what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

What the papers say about the Elizabethan Treasures exhibition:

The Times: 'Breathtakingly gorgeous.'

The Telegraph: 'Small wonders from Elizabethan giants.'

The Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea for the winners includes a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones and cakes plus limitless tea in the delightful Portrait Restaurant, which overlooks some of London's most-cherished landmarks.

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver is at the National Portrait Gallery from 21 February 2019 to 19 May 2019.

More information about this experience

Possibilities members can win an exclusive pair of tickets to the Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver exhibition - including afternoon tea - at the National Portrait Gallery, London, during the weekdays of 13-17 May 2019.

Ballot winners will receive:

  • A pair of tickets for the exhibition.
  • An exhibition catalogue.
  • Afternoon tea for two in the Portrait Restaurant.

The exhibition opens daily at 10am and closes at 6pm. Open late on Fridays until 9pm.

Afternoon tea is available from Monday to Friday inclusive at 3.30pm, 3.45pm, 4pm and 4.15pm.

Closing date for this ballot is Friday 19 April at 9am.

Venue address

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE.

Travel information

The nearest mainline railway station is Charing Cross. Closest London Underground stations are Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Essential information

Once the ballot has closed and the winners have been drawn, they will be notified by email to confirm they can attend. Winners will be given all the necessary information about how they will receive their tickets. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable, and cannot be transferred to someone else. Ballot prizes include tickets only; no travel or accommodation is provided unless stated.

Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the ballot closing. Please double check your spam/junk mailboxes as we wouldn't want you to miss out!

Links to more information

National Portrait Gallery website

National Portrait Gallery - planning your visit

National Portrait Gallery - accessibility guide

Photo credits:

Unknown girl aged 5, unknown girl aged 4, 1590, by Isaac Oliver. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Francis Bacon, later Baron Verulam and Viscount St Alban, by Nicholas Hilliard. 1578 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Unknown Woman Wearing a Hat c.1590-5, by Isaac Oliver. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

Elizabeth I 1572, by Nicholas Hilliard. © National Portrait Gallery, London.


13 hours left to enter
Ballot closing date 19 Apr 2019 9am pair of tickets available 1 Date & time 13 May 2019 10am 17 May 2019 10am Location National Portrait Gallery, London

Accessibility information

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Lift access
  • No parking available on site
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Please check the relevant venues website for accessibility information
You may also like Entertainment