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.

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.

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.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

23rd & 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.

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.

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.

New Year's Eve: Party Animals

31st Dec
8pm - 1am
Natural History Museum
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Channel your inner-party animal and send off 2018 by dancing beneath the largest creature to have ever lived, hosted in collaboration with experiential events company It's Unknown. Pick up your drink before trying your luck at Musical Bingo, sampling edible insects, or having a hoot in the silent disco.

Cirque du Soleil - Totem

12th Jan - 9th Feb 2019
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Totem takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, Totem is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages.

RCM Swing Band: Kings of Swing

8th December
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Meet the 'King of Swing' in this toe-tapping programme exploring the music that made swing an international phenomenon. Join Mark Armstrong and the RCM Swing Band as they perform works from the famous 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert alongside music from other major figures of the era.

Harlem Quartet in Residence

30th November
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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The Harlem Quartet has been praised for its 'panache' by The New York Times and celebrated for 'bringing a new attitude to classical music' in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Now, as part of its three-year residency, the string quartet brings its authentic playing style to the RCM stage for a thrilling evening of classical and jazz works from all corners of the globe.

International Festival of Viols

26th-27th November
10am: 2pm: 6:15pm
Royal College of Music
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Our annual festival returns with two days of masterclasses, lectures and an evening concert of English consort music. Performers and researchers including Professor Vittorio Ghielmi, Professor Reiko Ichise, Richard Boothby and Dr Sam Stadlen lend their considerable expertise to this year’s festival.

Film

Ciné Lumière 20th Anniversary

3rd Oct - 28th Nov
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Inaugurated in 1998 by its honorary patron Catherine Deneuve, Ciné Lumière celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with a series of festive screenings kicking off on 3 October with the UK premiere of Promise at Dawn attended by its lead actor Pierre Niney.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

25th Oct - 6th Jan
10am - 9pm (times vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air.

Astronights

18th Jan, 8th Mar, 5th April 2019
6.45pm - 9.30am
Science Museum
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Join us for Astronights and spend a night at the Science Museum with exclusive access to galleries after hours and the chance to sleep among our incredible objects.

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Day of the Dead

2 November
5pm-10pm
V&A
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Join us for a free festival to celebrate the annual Día de Muertos Festival to remember the dead. Listen to live mariachi music, watch traditional Mexican dancers, see giant skeleton puppets, join in activities and visit an ofrenda dedicated to Frida Kahlo.

Friday Late - Snap

26th Oct
6.30 - 10pm
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In our digital age, every second of the day is captured on camera by us and others – every moment of success, every mistake, every blemish, every smile. Our lives are a catalogue. This Friday Late, the V&A are joined by i-D to explore how we create, collect, and preserve moments in the click of a shutter.

26th French Film Festival

7th- 14th Nov
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From Sink or Swim to Cyrano de Bergerac, enjoy the full spectrum of French cinema. The French Film Festival is back with a splash and panache !

Winter Wonderland 2018

23rd Nov - 6th Jan 2019
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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This year will see new and exciting attractions as well as the return of the Magical Ice Kingdom, the UK's largest outdoor Ice Rink, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and shows from Zippos Circus in the Big Top plus a huge selection of food and drink stalls and more!

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Lates: Female of the Species

26th Oct
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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Is the female of the species really more deadly than the male? Rroam around the Museum after hours and discover the role of females in nature and women science - including a series of talks, pop-up science stations and later on a silent disco (booking essential).

Drowning in Plastic - Liz Bonnin

29th November
7-8.30pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin examines one of the biggest environmental issues facing the modern world. Liz sets out to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem and explore ways in disaster might be averted and whether science can offer a solution.

The Shining

29th October
Doors 8:15pm Film 9pm
Natural History Museum
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Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of an isolated historic hotel. Wintering over with Jack are his wife and young son Danny, who possesses "the shining", psychic abilities that include him seeing the hotel's horrific past. After a winter storm leaves the Torrances snowbound, Jack's sanity deteriorates due to the influence of the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel, placing his wife and son in danger.

The Wider Earth

2nd Oct - 30th Dec
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Natural History Museum
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A new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery will be unveiled for the premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth. The play, about the story of a young Charles Darwin, features a cast of seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations to bring to life uncharted landscapes.

Silent Disco

26th Oct
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.

Anote's Ark English Premiere & Panel Discussion

16th Nov
7.30 - 9.45pm
Science Museum
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What happens when your nation is swallowed by the sea? This moving documentary from Matthieu Rytz explores what it takes to migrate an entire nation with dignity.

15 Million Degrees: Lucie Green in Conversation with Maggie Aderin-Pocock

28th Nov
7.30-8.30pm
Science Museum
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Royal Society Research Fellow, solar physicist and author of '15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun', Professor Lucie Green joins a fascinating discussion about how the Sun works, the latest research in solar physics, and how a solar storm could threaten everything we know.

Portico Quartet in Concert

1st March 2019
6.45pm & 9pm
Science Museum
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Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet take to the stage for the world premiere of a brand-new audiovisual concert to celebrate their latest major exhibition, The Sun: Living with Our Star. This event includes DJ support and complimentary admission to the exhibition.

Let there be Light & Panel Discussion

26th April
7.30-9.45pm
Science Museum
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Jim Al-Khalili and a panel of energy experts join the Museum to discuss the future of nuclear fusion and solar power, following a screening of the absorbing documentary 'Let There Be Light'.

Evenings of Discovery Return with new Imperial Lates Series

Dates vary
6pm
Imperial College London
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An exploration of infection, a science fashion show, and a celebration of pioneering women form part of a new series of evening public events.

Imperial Lates: Xmaths

6th December
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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Countdown to Christmas with a festive evening celebration by numbers where you can tackle mind bending puzzles and make your own maths inspired tree decorations. Join our world leading mathematicians for a warming beverage and learn hear how they visualise the equations they mull over, why the idea of inherent maths genius is a myth, and how maths is being applied to understand everything from black holes to how people behave in crowds.

Imperial Lates: The XX Factor

7th March 2019
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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To mark International Women's Day join us for an evening with the femmes radicales of science awaits. Inspirational women everywhere are pushing the boundaries higher, further, faster and challenging what it means to be a women in the modern world. Join us not only to celebrate amazing achievements, research and innovations, but be part of the conversation about equality across the sciences and the arts.

The Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5.30pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its especially-created version of this Christmas ballet back to the Hall. This enchanting production wowed audiences with its spectacular setting, grand ensemble pieces and ravishing Tchaikovsky score – it is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

Gypsy Kings

18th April 2019
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Gipsy Kings, France’s most successful group of all time, will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2019. They first captured the world’s imagination in 1987 with a self-titled album that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe. Throughout their hugely successful career they’ve introduced millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms through globally-popular singles such as Bamboléo and Volare.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

30th November-1st December
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns to the Hall with his sensational Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for two nights of jazz and blues. Performing tracks spanning his entire solo career, Jools will be joined by the supremely talented vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, as well as original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis on drums with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Blair Witch Project

28th October
Doors 6:30pm Film 7pm
Natural History Museum
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The Blair Witch Project tells the real story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappear but their video and sound equipment, along with most of the footage they shot, is discovered a year later; the "recovered footage" is the film the viewer is watching.

The Silence of the Lambs

28th October
Doors 8:15pm Film 9pm
Natural History Museum
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Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to apprehend another serial killer, known only as "Buffalo Bill", who skins his female victims' corpses.

Festival of Film

29th Sep - 2nd Nov
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s best scores. The programme is packed with immersive movie and music experiences, including a host of screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours.