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
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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.

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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.

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.

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!

Imperial Lates: Science without borders

9th Oct
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Our scientists are a globe-trotting, mountain climbing, ocean crossing and jungle trekking community whose careers take them all over the globe.... They will tell stories of exploration in a free evening of hands-on science, tech demos, geeky bar games, creative art workshops and lively talks.

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.

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.

63rd BFI London Film Festival

2nd - 13th Oct
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The Institut français has teamed up with BFI once again to present the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Be the first to see the best of World Cinema alongside some of the most anticipated French films from 2 to 13 October at Ciné Lumière.

London Spanish Film Festival

25th - 29th Sept
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Now in its 15th edition, the London Spanish Film Festival returns to Ciné Lumière to showcase some of this year’s most exciting Spanish films. From enigmatic thrillers to fresh comedies, seasoned directors’ comeback to debut films, expect the best contemporary cinema from Spain.

Translating Brecht, A Poet of Our Times

1st Oct
7-8pm
Goethe-Institut
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To celebrate International Translation Day 2019 we are delighted to present a discussion of Brecht's poetry in translation - part of an international project called Der gläserne Übersetzer (The Transparant Translator) initiated by the Weltlesebühne in cooperation with Goethe-Institutes worldwide

The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus

26th Sept
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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To celebrate the centenary year of the era-defining Bauhaus school for art and design, join novelists Naomi Wood (The Hiding Game) and Theresia Enzensberger (Blueprint) for an evening of discussion about some of the most exciting designers and artists of the 1920s avant-garde.

Goethe-Kino - Divided Heaven

25th Sept
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Production pressures, party politics and personal disappointments put a strain on the love between a student and an ambitious scientist. A nuanced, often critical portrait of life in the GDR in the years leading up to the building of the Berlin Wall.

Top Secret Lates

25th Sept
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Delve into the world of cyber security, to celebrate the new exhibition Top Secret. Find out who is in control of your smart home, join the debate on privacy v national security and get hands on with games as we find out how the natural aptitudes of gamers and cyber professionals is similar!

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.

World Wild Webs: Our Interconnected Planet

27th Sept
6-9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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It's been 50 years since the Internet revolutionised human connections. Join over 150 scientists to explore networks in nature, sustainable solutions to today's environmental issues and how delving into the past is key to protecting the future of our planet..

Book Launch: 'Flaming Dene' a Victorian stunner, model and actress

16th Sept
6.30 - 9pm
Leighton House Museum
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The model for Fredric Leighton's famous painting 'Flaming June' is Dorothy Dene with whom the artist became obsessed and helped her get work. Authors of a new book will give a talk titled 'Because of her personal worth' which will take place in Leighton's studio with the opportunity to meet the authors.

Emerge Festival at the Natural History Museum

28th Sept
7pm - 12am
Natural History Museum
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For one night only, the Museum will team up with Lost Lectures for Lost in the Museum, a special collaboration as part of Emerge Festival. Get ready for a lecture lucky dip, with an eclectic mix of talks spanning life and death - from the communication that makes us human to debunking the dodo.

RCM Big Band

28th Sept
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Mark Armstrong leads the RCM Big Band, with Peter Beets on piano, through colourful arrangements of Chopin and Gershwin as part of the Emerge Festival, in which a creative kaleidoscope of events will take place over 11 London Boroughs for two nights.

Settling the Score

18th Oct
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join a night of award-winning film and TV music from legendary composers, David Arnold and Michael Giacchino, as they strike up the orchestra and go into symphonic battle, comparing and colliding on their impressive back catalogue of music.

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.

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.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

21st - 23rd Sept
1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK. The second installment in the original trilogy of George Lucas’ classic saga will be projected in high-definition on the big screen, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Dirk Brossé.

Skyfall in Concert

4th & 5th Oct
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, Skyfall will be screened with full orchestral accompaniment when it hits the big screen at the Royal Albert Hall. You will be able to experience Thomas Newman’s BAFTA-winning original score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in sync to the picture.

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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

12 Jan-16 Feb 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.

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.

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!

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.

France Dance UK

10th July - 12th Nov
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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.

COS x Serpentine Park Nights

5th July - 27th Sept
8pm
Serpentine Galleries
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COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019, the Serpentine Galleries’ annual series of experimental, interdisciplinary commissions in the Serpentine Pavilion, will present eight new works by international practitioners in the fields of art, music, poetry, theatre, augmented reality and fashion.

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.