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Best Museum and Gallery Lates in London

31 July 2019 | Rachel Ridge

What's that you say? A trip to the Museum is the new night out?! It's official, our much-loved institutions of tradition are throwing caution to the wind and offering you a wealth of after hours antics (speed dating and silent discos anyone?!)

Science Museum Lates
Every last Wednesday of the month, London’s much loved Science Museum invites London to engage in a spot of speed dating by the Launch pad, a silent disco or a science based pub quiz with the chance of winning some wonderful prizes (losers, on the other hand, will be directed to the library for extra swotting!) Set to pop in on most of their ‘lates’ is Punk Science comedy spectacular who will blow your mind with weird and wonderful demonstrations and experiments. That’s only the beginning; you can also discover the thrill of flying in the cockpit in their breathtaking Red Arrows 3D flight simulation theatre. And if you’ve ever fancied knowing what it is like to land in space then you can experience the Legend of Apollo film in their unique motion effects simulation theatre. 

Friday Late, V&A Museum
The original and, some might say, the best. Since wowing the capital with their Bowie spectacular, the V&A have offered up scintillating journeys into the worlds of their exhibits. Tickets to the Friday Late at the V&A are free, so you don't need to worry about digging deep in order to get your culture fix.

Late at the Tate Britain and Uniqlo Tate Lates at the Tate Modern
Late at Tate Britain gives us a rare chance to delve deeper into their current exhibitions on display. Through screenings, talks, visits from highly talented musicians to evocative performances, one Friday a month this magnificent building takes the current Tate exhibition into a whole new dimension. Uniqlo Tate Lates at the Tate Modern take a fresh, cross-disciplinary approach to the Late format, often involving exciting contemporary poets like Bridget Minamore and London's Young People's Laureate Theresa Lola. Lates at both Tates are free of charge.

Late at The Library, The British Library
Wipe away memories of studying or any dissertation nightmares that these walls may have witnessed, The British Library have put themselves firmly on the museum nightlife map. There wasn’t a book in sight while audiences enjoyed talks by GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones and got creative in inspiring workshops, costume drawing and perused the pop-up stalls. Another legendary late night escapade of theirs was Mughal Nights, in conjunction with their Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire exhibition, which saw an extraordinary night of music, performance and spectacle inspired by a party at a Mughal palace. We’ll be waiting on tenterhooks for the next one!

Sir John Soane’s Museum Lates
Walking into this 18th century architect and avid collector of cultural artifacts, house it’s hard not to feel as if you’ve just stepped out of the Tardis and into another age.  The house is a real cabinet of curiosities, with a massive Egyptian sarcophagus lying next to Sarah Siddons’s death mask alongside Napoleonic memorabilia and Turner masterpieces. On the first Tuesday of every month the museum is lit up by candles to give you a good  you can get lost in the macabre setting of the basement where a pharaoh tomb eerily lies, among other unexpected treasures. Sure to be an atmospheric delight of an evening!

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