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.

Crime Scene Live

4 Oct, 1 Nov, 17 Jan, 20 Mar
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.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

24 Jan, 7 Mar 2020
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.

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.

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.

Lates

Silent Disco

26 Jul, 30 Aug, 25 Oct, 29 Nov
10.15pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.

Classical Spectacular

21st - 24th 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!

Ciné Lumière

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.

Concert

Il Mondo Della Luna: RCM Opera Studio

25-30 November
7pm
Royal College of Music
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On the 50th anniversary of the first human lunar landing, let the RCM Opera Studio take you to the moon and back with Haydn’s enormously entertaining comedy, Il mondo della luna.

New Imperial Evening Classes

Start in Oct
Imperial College London
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Imperial College is offering a new and expanded range of evening and daytime adult education classes from October. There are classes in a range of modern languages, new courses in philosophy, psycho-therapy, African art, opera and classic music, and design history and more.

City of Tomorrow

24th Oct
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Join a panel to examine and discuss alternative visions of urban futures. The discussion will cover planning, sustainability, governance and new technology, leaving you with a sense of how everyday city life is being reimagined by geographers.

A Journey through Ethiopia

7th Nov
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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From the Simien and Bale mountains to the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia has a varied geography. Hear our experts discuss the country’s history, culture and landscapes. Come along if you are planning a trip or simply want to learn more about the country.

A Traveller’s Life: Eric Newby

21st Nov
7.30 - 9.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection, following an introduction to the life and times of the author of A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush and original Travel Editor of the Observer.

Neon naked life drawing & belly dancing

22nd Oct
7-9.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join us for a relaxed evening of colour, light, and movement for a unique part drawing / part dancing class. The life drawing class is like no other using neon reactive arts materials to draw and inspire with a fluoro life models.

Third Thursday: Wildlife Drawing - Wolves

21st Nov
7-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The class will be introduced to the “wolves” with a short talk from Canine Behavioural Scientist and 'Head Wolf' Natalie Lagstrom, and we’ll look in detail at their anatomy and how they’ve evolved to adapt to a variety of habitats across the globe.The drawing class is open to all, from beginners to advanced

Halloween Lates

30th Oct
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Join a Halloween Spooktacular, celebrating spooky science, scary animals and debunking myths around ghosts and zombies. Enter the wonderful world of creepy crawlies with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, find out if you can save the world in the immersive Pandemic, or give yourself your very own wound at Blood Bruise and Ooze.

Science Fiction Lates

25th Oct
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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For years, scientists have been fascinated with discovering more about the vast universe we live in, and science fiction has been there to fill in the blanks and capture people's imagination. Chat to scientists, meet the Doctor Who special effects team Millennium FX and discover the science fact behind the science fiction.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

22nd Nov - 5th Jan 2020
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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Embrace the Christmas spirit as Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park. This free-to-enter family event is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music.

Drugs, booze and politics: finding a balance

29th Oct
7 - 8.30pm
Imperial College London
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A strong proponent of drug law reform, Professor Nutt carries out research on drugs that affect the brain and conditions such as addiction, anxiety, and sleep whilst developing an elixir which will provide all the joy of booze without the dangers.

Developing an effective HIV vaccine: what do we need and when will we get there?

24th Oct
5-6.15pm
Imperial College London
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First attempts to develop a vaccine against HIV started in the 1980s. Thirty years on and we still do not have a viable vaccine. Why has it been so difficult? What is needed to realise the goal of an effective vaccine? Is the development of a vaccine still a priority?

10th UK Iranian Film Festival

25th - 30th Oct
6.30 pm or 8.30 pm
Institut français
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The Institut français is delighted to host the UK Iranian Film Festival once again, now in its 10th edition! Get ready to see the best of Iranian independent films by the likes of Jafar Panahi or Sadaf Foroughi, meet directors and join the debate.

Imperial Lates: Future Commuter

13th Feb
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Ever experienced the joys of the London commute, sat in traffic on the M25 or worried about the carbon footprint of a summer get away, you may have wondered what the future of transport might deliver. Well now is your chance. Meet the scientists and engineers exploring the probabilities of our future mobility.

Imperial Lates: Winter Wonderlab

5th Dec
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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In the festive period as the nights draw in, celebrate the chillier side of science. From the low temperature, physics and the freezing cold of outer space to arctic surveys and glaciology, via all manner of sub-zero chemistry fun, embrace the cold in our Winter Wonderlab.

Blade Runner Live

25th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Ridley Scott’s multi Academy Award®-nominated cult classic, Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut), on a vast HD screen while Vangelis’ synthesizer-led score is performed by The Avex Ensemble for the first time in-sync with the 1982 motion picture.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

1st - 3rd Nov
1.30pm, 2.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ while a live symphony orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter™ soars across the big screen in high-definition.

Yoga Under the Moon

21st Oct & 26th Nov
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Natural History Museum
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Join a special series of yoga & wellbeing classes under Luke Jerram's magnificent artwork, Museum of the Moon. In each class a qualified instructor will guide you through a series of movements and poses that connect to the Moon hanging above. You can choose from a variety of classes.

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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

12 Jan-1 March 2020
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns with a new spectacular extravangza, LUZIA, which takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

France Dance UK

10th July - 12th Nov
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Institut français
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FranceDance UK is a four-month festival bringing the best in French contemporary dance to venues across the country. Featuring 50 performances, including several UK premieres, at 16 festivals and theatres in 9 major UK cities, the festival focuses on creation and innovation.

Festival of Film 2019

3rd Oct - 3rd Nov
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of movie music, from cult synth scores to orchestral presentations and beloved musical numbers.

Sea Shambles

17th May 2020
7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Exploring an ocean of science, music, comedy and wonder, this inspiring and exhilarating new variety show will see the iconic Auditorium transformed into a virtual underwater playground with live performances, special effects, puppetry and lasers!

Hyde Park Explorer

Available until end Dec
Hyde Park
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A free scavenger hunt game for your mobile phone that takes you on an adventure through one of London’s most popular parks. Move at your own pace between the park’s most interesting sights uncovering photo challenges, amazing facts and games for all ages to enjoy.

Drink and Draw

1st Oct & 13th Nov
6.30-9pm
Leighton House Museum
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Leighton’s studio opens up for an special evening to treat all your senses. Following a sell-out run the last season, Leighton House Museum, in collaboration with London Fine Art Studios, hosts a new series of Drink & Draw sessions that unite music, fine art and a tasting experience.

RCM International Festival of Viols

18th & 19th Nov
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Royal College of Music
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The annual Viol Festival returns with plenty of performances and special guests. This year's guest performers and lecturers include Sarah Cunningham and The Spirit of Gambo.

Imperial Lates: Infectious

12th Nov
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Join ‘infectious’ scientists to get hands on with everything from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse and state of the art diagnostics to STIs. Hear stories from the front line of the fight against disease, watch antimicrobial resistance theatre and try not to spend too long in our Infectious Arcade!

Science Nights

Various dates
6.45pm - 10am
Science Museum
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7–11-year-olds, featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, and a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits—all followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in our IMAX theatre.