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.

May '68 and its Legacies

1st Apr - 23rd May
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Institut français
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the May 68 protest is the occasion for the Institut français to turn back on 50 years of creation and ideas stimulated by the uprising of a cultural and political revolution. A series for films, discussions, book launches and photo exhibition.

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.

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.

Free

Lates: Superbugs

25th April
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Find out more about what’s living on your own skin, have a go at smashing the superbugs in our Microbial Arcade, and learn what could happen if we don’t act now to combat antibiotic resistance. Plus, all the regular Lates highlights including live music and the best silent disco in town.

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.

NHM Lates: A Human Planet

27th April
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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Of the millions of different species that call our planet home, humans have had the most profound impact on others. Explore how we have evolved to interact with the environment, from our dependence and influence on certain species to how we harness biological properties for modern medicine.

Same Old Songs plus Q&A

27th April
8.15pm
Institut français
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Alain Resnais’s amorous merry-go-round is full of wit and interspersed with French hit songs, sung in situ by top acting talents. In French with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with actors Sabine Azéma and Lambert Wilson.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day + Panel Discussion

27th April
7.30 - 10.35pm
Science Museum
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Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein with a panel discussion of Promethean tales through the ages and a screening of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Free

V&A Lates: Circus - Past, Present & Future

27th April
6.30-10pm
V&A
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To mark 250 years since London was first dazzled by the circus, join Friday Lates to experience acrobatics and artistry from the Big Top and beyond. Watch live performances and explore rarely seen archives from the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Collection..

The Curse of Frankenstein + Q&A

28th April
6-8.30pm
Science Museum
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To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary’s Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Museum are joined by Sir Christopher Frayling and Kathryn Harkup for a special film screening and Q&A session.

Free

International Sculpture Day - The Imaginary Playground

28th April
4-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Coinciding with Rupert Norfolk’s exhibition at the Society, visitors will collaboratively build an imaginary playground out of hundreds of bricks of white LEGO®. The workshop is led by Batch.Works who explore using the latest technology at a micro production scale. Cash bar available. Free, drop-in.

Crime Scene Live

30th Apr, 14th May, 25th Jun
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.

Le Petit-Maître Corrigé

1st May
8.30pm
Institut français
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Stung by her intended betrothed Parisian snooty manners, a Provincial count’s daughter decides to teach the young man a lesson. French film with English subtitles.

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.

RCM Festival of Percussion

6th May
11am, 7.15pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Festival of Percussion returns with one of the world’s leading drummers, Mark Guiliana. Admired across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music, he has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings including David Bowie’s final album.

Jubilee

20th June
8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Jubilee will feature Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative & special guests Kronos Quartet & Bassekou Kouyaté in newly-created compositions that exemplify the way musical creativity has historically developed from the meeting of different cultures. Produced by the Ismaili Centre London.

Luna Cinema

7-9th Aug
8.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Join The Luna Cinema in the formal gardens for a night of cinema under the stars and enjoy three nights of fantastic films with Kensington palace and its grounds providing a stunning backdrop. Films include Romeo & Juliet, The Greatest Showman and Victoria and Abdul

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.

Classical Spectacular

22nd - 25th Nov
3pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The most popular classical music show in the UK returns to the Royal Albert Hall in November. From the very best classical music and state of the art technology to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays and our famous thundering finale to the music of the 1812 Overture!

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.

Anita Rani in Conversation

17th May
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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From fronting global documentaries such as My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, to jumping into a pair of muddy wellies on Countryfile, it’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing her.

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.

Living Dangerously - Sir Ranulph Fiennes

23rd May
7-9.30m
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join Himalayan Trust UK to listen to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, The World Greatest Living Explorer as well as learning about the Trust’s valuable work in Nepal.

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.

Discovering Places - Taiwan

23rd May
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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With a dazzling display of spring cherry blossoms, some of the best food in Asia and its lush mountainous island setting, Taiwan is Asia’s best-kept secret. An informative evening for first-time travellers to Taiwan. Meet exhibitors and ask questions of the expert panel.

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.

Third Thursday Event - Freestyle Embroidery Event

24th May
7-9.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Taking inspiration from sculpture and photographs held at the Society’s fascinating archive Francesca and Brooke from London Loom have selected images and printed them onto cloth ready for you to embroider with colour in your own creative flourish. A fun, relaxed evening and enjoy a glass of wine.

Third Thursday Event - Making Books

21st June
6.30-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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This event will be a fun and social evening involving crafting your very own hand-made book with the help of the London Centre for Book Arts. Participants will then be taught how to fold and manipulate paper using specialist bookbinding tools and learn to make by hand a case bound notebook.

Third Thursday Event - Pyrography

19th July
6.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Pyrography literally means fire-writing! You will be using the best Pyrography irons with a range of different hot branding tips for you to use. Have a practise on some wood offcuts before you start burning on to chopping boards, kitchen utensils, keyrings and more that you can take home with you.