A night out in London

From DJs, films, late night exhibitions, concerts, inspiring talks, immersive performances, sleepovers, Museum Lates, lectures - there is plenty to do here in South Kensington in the evening.

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

7 Jan - 4 Mar
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns to the iconic Royal Albert Hall in 2018 with its never before seen in the UK show, OVO! A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love.

DAOWO - Blockchain Labs & Debates for reinventing the arts

26th Oct - 29th Mar 2018
Various
Goethe-Institut
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This series brings together artists, musicians, technologists, engineers, and theorists to join forces in the interrogation and production of new blockchain technologies.

Natural History Museum Lates

Last Friday of every month
Natural History Museum
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The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark. Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.

V&A Lates

Last Friday of every month
V&A
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An ever-changing, programme of live performances, fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Science Museum Lates

Last Wednesday of the month
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

Crime Scene Live

2nd Feb, 9th Mar 2018
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

Is Luxury Sustainable?

27th Feb
6.30 - 7.45pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Luxury brands are rapidly expanding in societies across the globe. With this expansion, luxury is becoming increasingly accessible and losing its exclusivity. Join the Design Museum for an evening talk on luxury, sustainability and design.

Geographical journeys: microlectures

15th Mar
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join an action packed evening of adventure and discovery from the next generation of speakers. Six adventurers will have just 10 minutes to share their inspiring journeys in an illustrated short talk with a geographical theme.

Discovering People: Simon Armitage

22nd March
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Society invite public figures who have interesting personal views on society, the environment, and the world in general to share their thoughts and experiences. This spring they welcome multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage to the Society in conversation with Martine Croxall.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

23rd Mar
6.30pm - 9.30am
Natural History Museum
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Sleep at the Museum and enjoy a unique night of music, food, science, art and cinema.

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.

Home Alone in Concert

22nd Dec 2018
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer.

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Late Night Jazz

Various Thursday's
Royal Albert Hall
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An intimate Late Night Jazz series presents sensational music in the sultry setting of the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room. Various Thursday nights

Women and the Hall

25th Jan - 26th April
Royal Albert Hall
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Women and the Hall celebrates the women who formed the Royal Albert Hall’s history and were instrumental in the fight for women’s suffrage, and provides a platform for the women who are shaping our future, through a season of talks, film screenings and performances.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert

14th June
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Steven Spielberg’s 1977 UFO blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be screened at the Royal Albert Hall, with John Williams’ groundbreaking score performed live to picture by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and English Chamber Choir, conducted by Ernst Van Tiel.

Planet Earth II Live

13th May 2018
2pm, 6pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Planet Earth II Live in Concert brings us closer to the spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas on our planet than ever before. This musical and visual concert features breath-taking footage from the BBC series, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

The English Patient Live

18th Oct
6.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience the multi-Academy Award® winning 1996 motion picture, The English Patient on a vast HD screen while Gabriel Yared’s Oscar-winning score is performed live in-sync by a full orchestra, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Cine Lumiere

Various
Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Royal College of Music Chamber Concerts

Most weekdays
Royal College of Music
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Witness the talent of outstanding young musicians studying at the Royal College of Music in this free lunchtime and rush-hour concert series.

Amadeus Live

2nd Nov
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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This unmissable screening of the film (winner of eight Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes), will feature live music performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, who recorded the original film soundtrack, and the Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Ludwig Wicki.

Jurassic Park - in Concert

29th Sept
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrate one of the biggest movie franchises of all time with the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary! Dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventure finds man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Movie Nights at the Museum

2nd & 3rd March
7.15pm, 10.15pm
Natural History Museum
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See your science fiction favourites - Star Wars and Star Trek - on the big screen with Movie Nights at the Museum. See some of the iconic galleries after hours and free from the crowds, before settling in for an evening of cinema.

V&A Lates: The Future of Dating

23rd Feb
6.30-10pm
V&A
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With dating apps ever increasing, finding love is now as much about an algorithm as physical attraction. Join this Late to swipe, like, and explore the future of dating. What role do data and technology play, and what is at stake in terms of chemistry, privacy and who knows our preferences best?

NHM Lates: Mates Lates

23rd Feb
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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Birds do it, bees do it, and even baboons do it. Join the Lates to explore social behaviours in the animal kingdom. From courtship to co-operation, discover how relationships make the natural world go round.

Swing Dance

4th April
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Dance the Lindy Hop, Jive and Jitterbug as you spend the evening moving and grooving as Albert’s Big Band perform live renditions of classics. Whether you are completely new to swing dance or a seasoned pro, get on your glad rags and join us for a good old-fashioned knees up!

Gladiator Live in Concert

23rd June
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Ridley Scott’s legendary five-time Academy Award®-winning film will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performing Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s complete Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning score live, conducted by Justin Freer, with vocal soloist Lisa Gerrard.

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Science Museum Lates: Sweat, Tears and Triumph

28th Feb
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Try your hand at cricket in the batting cage and marvel at the aerial acrobatics of our BMX and trials bike riders performing stunts in the museum. Sport Relief are curating some very special events themed around their ‘BT Red Nose Climb’. Stellar guests include Kimberley Walsh and McFly / McBusted heart-throb Harry Judd.

Kinoteka: Bestia

17th March
6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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The silent film stars Pola Negri in one of her first roles as a young cabaret dancer who falls in love with a married man. He abandons his wife for her, but when Pola realises he already has a family she wants nothing to do with him. Screening to be accompanied by a piano recital featuring Artur Haftman.

Play your Gender

8th March
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Women and the Hall season, join them on International Women’s Day for a special documentary screening of Play Your Gender. In this film producer Kinnie Starr speaks to music industry stars and veterans about the realities of being a woman in the recording studio.

Power UP

30th March - 15th April
Science Museum
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'Enter the game' this Easter and catch Power UP, back by popular demand for a third year. A whole area of the museum will be filled with all the essential retro games and over 180 consoles, so you can Power UP and game on.

Ognisko Ensemble: Chopin, Tchaikovsky

22nd & 23rd Feb
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Founded and directed by violinist Michał Ćwiżewicz, the ensemble brings together leading chamber musicians in programmes featuring string and piano ensembles, song and instrumental recitals, as well as collaborating with illustrious guest artists from the UK and abroad.

Live Music & Food

Most Fridays
8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A variety of Live Music & Food events take place in Verdi – the Royal Albert Hall's Italian Restaurant. From classical, jazz,,gypsy swing to world music. We recommend you book in advance.

Black Voices - Late Night Jazz

1st March
Doors 9:10pm; Starts 9:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Black Voices is the leading, all-female a cappella collective in Europe, and are globally celebrated for bringing the black oral tradition to the a cappella world stage. They have opened for some of the greatest names in music, including Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Fisk Jubilee Singers and Take 6.