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.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Open til 7th Jan 2018
11-9pm (times vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Enjoy skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air or soak up the atmosphere from the Café Bar and balcony.

Discovering Places - Bolivia

22nd Nov
7pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Discover the best of Bolivia with an independent, expert panel. They will explore lively cities, imaginative landscapes and colourful market towns. There will be plenty to discover during this informative evening for first-time travellers to Bolivia.

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.

Part of Late Night Laughs: Arabs are not funny

24th Nov
9.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join some of comedy’s finest up and coming and established names in the Elgar Room as Late Night Laughs presents Arabs Are Not Funny – the best in stand-up comedy from the Arab world and surrounding regions.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble perform Sriyah

24th & 26th Nov
7.30-9pm
Science Museum
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To celebrate the Illuminating India exhibition, the Science Museum are welcoming the world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for two very special intimate evenings of dance and live music.

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.

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.

The Cunning Little Vixen

27th Nov - 2nd Dec
7pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM International Opera School and conductor Michael Rosewell present their autumn production of Janáček’s tragi-comic opera The Cunning Little Vixen, which explores the cycles of life and nature.

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.

India in Space: Moumita Dutta in Conversation

29th Nov
7.30pm
Science Museum
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Join The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock in discussion with Moumita Dutta exactly how the ISRO managed to send a probe 33.9 million miles across the solar system to Mars for less than it cost to make the film Gravity, and enlightening us on India’s upcoming lunar mission.

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Science Museum Lates: Illuminating India

29th Nov
6.45-10pm
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Join the Science Museum as they celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857–2017 with a Lates themed around the sights, sounds and smells of India.

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Science Museum Lates: Illuminating India

29th Nov
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Join the Science Museum as they celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857–2017 with a Lates themed around the sights, sounds and smells of India.

Harlem Quartet

4th Dec
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Continuing its three-year residency, New York’s Harlem Quartet returns to the RCM for a concert of exciting works, featuring pieces by Beethoven and Webern.

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Imperial Fringe - Walking on Air

5th Dec
5-8pm
Imperial College London
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How do we investigate the invisible gases that surround us? How does Christmas affect our atmosphere? Find out as you enter a supersonic wind tunnel, hold a cloud in your hand and explore London’s air pollution and its impact on your health. Drop-in event.

New Year's Eve: Under the Sea

31st Dec
7.30pm-1am
Natural History Museum
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Dance the night away under our colossal blue whale as you ring in 2018 with an underwater twist at the Natural History Museum's New Year’s Eve party.

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

7 Jan - 11 Feb
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.

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.

Music

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

Crime Scene Live

5th Jan, 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.

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.

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.

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Choirs by Candlelight: The Royal College of Music

8th Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
V&A
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A festive concert performed by students from The Royal College of Music, one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Free, drop-in.

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Choirs by Candlelight: Poulenc, Un soir de neige

22nd Dec
7.30 - 8.30pm
V&A
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Poulenc's setting of Paul Eluard's Un soir de neige, written over Christmas of 1944, forms the centrepiece for this programme of festive choral music. Featured alongside other reflections on festive texts, this short recital will provide a moment of calm.

Musical Moments - Iyad Sughayer

4th Dec
7.30pm
Ognisko Polskie
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'Musical Momments' concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. December welcomes Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer who has performed numerous recitals and concertos across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

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V&A Lates: Sino Flux

24th Nov
6.30 - 10pm
V&A
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As plans are afoot to construct a new Silk Road and the world’s largest airport is being built in Beijing, the V&A ask how China is reshaping its position in today’s globalised world. Celebrate the contemporary art, design, sounds and states of China in flux.

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NHM Lates: Toxic

24th Nov
6 - 10pm
Natural History Museum
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Discover the toxic organisms that surround us, and how their poisons and venoms can be put to ingenious uses, both for them and for us. From stinging scorpions to biting black mambas, there are hundreds of thousands of plants and animals that can pack a punch in nature.