Comments on: Anyone For Opera Al Fresco? Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:34:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jess Wed, 01 Jul 2009 12:50:12 +0000 I was also at the launch of Gay Icons at the National Portrait Gallery, and I feel the need to spread the good word about this fabulous new exhibition.

10 high-profile gay people (including Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Elton John) have selected people they have found inspiring, influential and indeed, iconic. They give personal reasons as to why each icon has been chosen, and each icon is pictured in a photographic portrait.

Ther are 60 portraits altogether encompassing well-known figures such as Nelson Mandela and David Hockney, as well as lesser-known inviduals. (And don’t expect to see the obvious choices like Judy Garland and Kylie in the mix – the show is the personal choice of a small number of gay people). Many of the selected modern and historic icons are individuals who have shown great courage in their lives, which makes the exhibition at times quite moving.

And go this Saturday (4th July) for an extra special experience to celebrate Pride London festival – here are the details:

Pride Saturday Late, 4 July, 18.00 – 21.00

£1 from every ticket sold on the evening will be donated to Pride

Relax with jazz and a drink at the Rose d’Anjou bar

Visit the Portrait Restaurant and enjoy Gay Icons cocktails and a special set menu

Exhibition runs from 2 July – 18 October 2009

Advance booking recommended at