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.

Adults

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

Fri 27 Aug / Fri 10 Sept / Sat 27 Nov 2021
4:30pm - 10am
Natural History Museum
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If you thought sleepovers were just for kids, think again. Join the Natural History Museum after the Sun's gone down and let your inner child go wild for a night of fun and games. Sleep beneath the beloved blue whale in the iconic Hintze Hall, and enjoy a three-course dinner as well as loads of awesome activities to keep you entertained all night.

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.

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.

Music

Late Night Jazz

Various
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 nights

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.

Films

In Focus: Renate Sami

Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 September 2021
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Goethe-Institut
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Renate Sami's films oscillate between the poetic, the observational and the political. Her subject matters range from Holger Meins to a tree filmed over a year. The variety of the Berlin-based filmmaker's oeuvre can now be discovered in this first UK survey presented together with Open City Documentary Film Festival.

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Zaz

Thur 31 March 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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French singer-songwriter Zaz will make her Royal Albert Hall debut in 2022. Her fifth album was put together during the 2020 Spring lockdown – a forced but welcomed solitude. What resulted is an album painted with heartfelt emotions, like a series of pictures.

Adults

Grayson Perry: A Show For Normal People

Mon 22 November 2021
Starts: 7:30pm Auditorium
Royal Albert Hall
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Award-winning artist, Bafta-winning TV presenter and best-selling author Grayson Perry will ask, and possibly answer, the big questions at the Royal Albert Hall this November in an evening sure to distract you from the very meaninglessness of life in the way only a man in a dress can.

Royal College of Music welcomes live performances again

From 19 September 2021
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music is excited to announce their programme of live events in their newly unveiled, state-of-the-art Performance Hall, Highlights of the autumn season include the return of masterclasses and a series of orchestral masterworks concerts.

Kids
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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022 Closed 25 December
11.00-22.00 daily (times may 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. Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or you skate more like Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.

Christmas with the Salvation Army

Wednesday 8 December 2021
Starts 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Begin your festive season with The Salvation Army in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall. This exciting evening includes spoken word, live music from various performers including the International Staff Band and International Staff Songsters and celebrity guests.

Handel’s Messiah

Wed 15 December 2021
Starts: 2:pm; 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Hall as part of their 2021 Christmas season. Having featured in their programme a total of 524 times since 1872, Handel’s Messiah is a true Royal Albert Hall tradition. Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus, conducted by Sian Edwards. Special guest vocalists to be announced soon.

Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

Wed 12 January – Sat 12 February 2022
Starts: 11:30am, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Cirque du Soleil sun is rising! The intermission is over: Cirque du Soleil will reopen their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA, at the Royal Albert Hall in January 2022. 2022 will also mark 25 years since Cirque du Soleil first brought its captivating magic to our stage with now over 3.5 Million spectators witnessing its awe-inspiring acrobatics.

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Winter Wonderland

19 Nov 2021 – 3 Jan 2022
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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Winter Wonderland is back featuring a fun filled selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music.

Films

The Earth Here and Now

Until Wed 8 Dec 2021
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Institut français
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On the occasion of the COP 26 held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, the Institut français is launching a series of rendezvous on climate change with French and British thinkers.

Artists in Residence: Juliana Huxtable

October to December 2021
Goethe-Institut
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Goethe-Institut London and Somerset House Studios are collaborating to establish a new international artist residency programme to support a Germany-based artist working at the intersection of music, art and technology. For the inaugural edition, they welcome DJ, writer and performer, Juliana Huxtable to London.

BST Hyde Park

Fri 24th June 2022 - Sun 10th July 2022
The Royal Parks
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British Summer Time in 2022 will be a huge and eagerly awaited celebration for the nation. Bringing the world’s biggest artists to the greatest outdoor venue in the world over consecutive weekends with a host of free activities and entertainment during their midweek programme, Open House.

Music

Joe Bonamassa

Thur 5 May – Fri 6 May 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will return to tour the UK next year for the first time in three years.

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James Arthur

Wed 9 March 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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James Arthur will perform a special show at the Royal Albert Hall as part of his highly anticipated March 2022 UK tour. The singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough will be performing songs from his upcoming new album It’ll All Make Sense In The End alongside classic hit singles and fan favourites like smash hit Say You Won’t Let Go.

Adults

Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum

Friday 17 Sept / 1 Oct / 5 Nov
10pm - 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.

Kids

Dino Snores for Kids

Fri 13 Aug; 3 Sept; 24 Sept; Sat 23 Oct
6:45pm-10am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wanted to have a sleepover with a giraffe? Or spend the night camped beneath a blue whale? This unique sleepover gives kids aged 7 to 11 the chance to explore the Museum after dark while taking part in fun and educational activities.

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The Music of Bond

Tuesday 20 September 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Back by overwhelming demand, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra promises to take you to double-0-heaven with this sensational concert! Enjoy iconic theme songs and thrilling Bond anthems from almost six decades of box office blockbusters. Highlights to include: Goldfinger, Licence To Kill, Diamonds are Forever, From Russia With Love and many more!

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George Benson

Sunday 26 June 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Legendary ten-time Grammy Award and NEA Jazz Master winner George Benson returns for one night only at the Royal Albert Hall in 2022. The jazz guitar legend just released his 45th album, Walking to New Orleans, a tribute to both hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry.

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Bryan Adams

Mon 9 May – Wed 11 May 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Bryan Adams is heading to London for three epic shows at the Hall in April 2021 as part of a special residency. Each night, Bryan will perform one of his classic albums in full, plus a selection of his greatest hits from a staggering back-catalogue. Monday 9 May: Cuts Like A Knife (1983) Tuesday 10 May: Into The Fire (1987) Wednesday 11 May: Waking Up The Neighbours (1991)

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Suzi Quatro

Wednesday 20 April 2022
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Detroit-born singer-songwriter has sold over 55 million records worldwide over the course of her career. Suzi first came to the attention of the British public in the early 70s as a support act alongside Thin Lizzy on Slade’s first UK tour. The Queen of Rock N Roll then went on to release a string of hits including Can the Can, Devil Gate Drive and Stumblin’ In.

Romeo & Juliet

Wednesday 1 December 2021
Starts: 8:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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International ballet star Sergei Polunin will make his London debut as Romeo alongside world-renowned ballerina Alina Cojocaru in the UK premiere of this acclaimed new version of Romeo & Juliet.

Movies

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

Friday 23 September–Sunday 25 September 2022
Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert in 2022 as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series. Return of the Jedi (1983) sees Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and co. joined by Jabba the Hutt, Yoda and the Ewoks in an adventure across the galaxy as Darth Vader prepares to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance.

Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

From 27 May 2021
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Experience cinema’s most iconic films with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.

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A Taste of Germany

Stein's Berlin & Goethe-Institut
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Combine a German film, language lesson or a visit to the library at the Goethe-Institut London with a visit to Stein’s Berlin restaurant. The restaurant offers a journey through all of Germany's kitchen in a well-designed contemporary and cosy atmosphere. For your safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, Stein’s Berlin has introduced air-sanitising equipment and is frequently updating their opening hours.

Ciné Lumière for under 25's

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If you love cinema, and you’re 25 years old or under, the 25 and Under £5 Scheme at Ciné Lumière is for you! Whether you want to see the latest releases or discover French classics, attend special Q&As or explore world cinema, enjoy discounted tickets with no booking fees.