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.

Astronights

7 Dec, 18 Jan, 8 Feb, 7 Mar, 17 Apr, 2 May, 5 June
6.45pm - 10am
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.

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

2nd May, 3rd Jul, 4th Sept
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

31st Jan, 28th Feb, 27th Mar
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.

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.

Yamaha and Yuri Suzuki presents: Industrial Instruments

1st Feb
6 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Enjoy a live performance curated by Yamaha and a talk with Yuri Suzuki. This event stems from an ongoing research project exploring how everyday objects can be used as musical instruments. In this event, Suzuki and Yamaha re-imagine pens, switches, and combs as musical tools to create new sounds and interactions.

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain UK Premiere

21st Feb
7.30 - 9.45pm
Science Museum
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Blockchain has promised to revolutionise the global economy and cybersecurity, but how many of us really understand how the technology works? Alex Winter’s excellent documentary explains it all.

Music

Composer in Residence: Mark-Anthony Turnage Chamber Music

29 January
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us as we celebrate the music of RCM Research Fellow and leading composer Mark-Anthony Turnage in his 60th birthday year. This evening talented RCM pianists perform a selection of his chamber music, including the lyrical Duetti d’amore and the romping Slide Stride.

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Composer in Residence: Mark-Anthony Turnage

29 January
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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We continue our 60th birthday celebration of composer Mark-Anthony Turnage with a performance from the RCM’s contemporary music ensemble New Perspectives.

Concert

Final concert as Composer in Residence: Mark-Anthony Turnage

30 January
7:30pm
Royal College of Music
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For the final concert in our Composer in Residence series, the RCM welcomes Ben Gernon to conduct the RCM Symphony Orchestra in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s orchestral works reflecting on artistic muses.

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Harlem Quartet

31 January
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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The RCM String Quartet in Residence returns with its unique playing style and 'new attitude to classical music' (Cincinnati Enquirer). Praised by The New York Times for their ‘panache’, the members of Harlem Quartet bring a special energy, joy and inclusivity to all their shows. This thrilling evening of classical and jazz fusion is not to be missed!

Orchestral Masterworks: Sibelius's Symphony no 2

6 February
6pm
Royal College of Music
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Written during a spell in Italy, Sibelius’s Second Symphony was surely influenced by the composer’s immersion in the romantic legacy, not least in the work’s ultimately triumphant play on a three-note motif. Here the RCM Philharmonic performs it alongside Kaija Saariaho’s Asteroid 4179: Toutatis, inspired by the asteroid that orbits closest to Earth, in a concert that will stir your soul and imagination.

United Queendom

2nd, 6th - 9th, 13th - 16th, 20th - 23rd, 27th - 30th March
7pm, 7.30pm or 8pm
Kensington Palace
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Experience the premiere of a unique after-hours show at Kensington Palace, created with Olivier nominated theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles. With modern twists throughout, this limited theatrical run will explore how these women made their own mark on their world and ours.

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Opera Scenes

7 February
5:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Singers from the RCM regularly go on to take leading roles in the world’s greatest opera houses so don’t miss the opportunity to spot the stars of the future! Hear works by some of opera's greatest composers in this concert of scenes, conducted by Natalie Murray Beale.

Friday Late: In the Palm of your Hand

31st Jan
6.30 - 10pm
V&A
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Question the ritual of handshaking, explore the future of prosthetic hand design, and help your fingers cope with smartphone withdrawal. Take part in a workshop to question the ritual of handshaking and explore the language of hands through dance.

Night of Ideas

30th Jan
Institut français
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The Night of Ideas, is a thought-provoking programme of free debates, screenings and concerts - this year the theme is 'Alive' which is the common thread to tackle the latest ideas behind issues central to our times.

Talk

Leighton's Travels to Spain

11 February
6:30pm-8:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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A lecture that sheds light on Leighton's interest for Spanish art and culture, delivered by art historian Véronique Gerard Powell.

Music

Songs And Souvenirs, A Musical Evening with Dame Felicity Lott

18 February
6:15pm-8:15pm
Leighton House Museum
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Leighton House Museum is delighted to present British soprano Dame Felicity Lott, who will be performing some of her most-beloved songs accompanied by her pianist, Sebastian Wybrew. This biographical repertoire will include songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar, Richard Strauss, Jacques Offenbach, Francis Poulenc and Noël Coward.

RAEBURN Late

7th February
6 - 9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the RAEBURN team for an evening of activities inspired by the red planet. Activities include: A talk and a RÆBURN T-shirt Customisation workshop.

Valentines at the Museum

14th Feb
7-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Join an evening of romantic fascination. Have you ever shown someone how much you like them by choreographing an elaborate dance routine, or by moulting your entire head? This Valentine's Day take inspiration from our Museum experts with a drink in hand.

Yoga classes at the Natural History Museum

3rd Jan, 2nd Feb, 29th Mar
6.30 pm or 8am
Natural History Museum
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Join a series of yoga events for all levels at the Museum, hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. Stretch out under a blue whale skeleton in the iconic Hintze Hall, or reach for the Moon under Luke Jerram's stunning artwork in the Jerwood Gallery.

Family

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.

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!

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.

Level 42

22 Oct 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Hit-makers Level 42 return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020, for a special concert closing their From Eternity To Here Tour.

Cliff Richard The Great 80 Tour

12-13 Oct 2020
7:45pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Sir Cliff Richard will return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020 to conclude a UK tour celebrating his 80th birthday.

Films

The Matrix Live

28 Oct 2020
7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As Part of the Films in Concert series, experience The Matrix live, as composer Don Davis himself conducts his iconic original score on stage.

Pedal Power: The Science of Cycling

29th Jan
7.30 - 8.45pm
Science Museum
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Professional road-racing cyclists are among the fastest humans on the planet. But what does it take to propel them to such speeds? The discussion will explore the rigours that the human body endures to withstand the punishing World Tour season, examining the physiology, biomechanics and nutritional needs of elite riders.

Medicine Lates

29th Jan 2020
6.45 - 10pm
Science Museum
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Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by, discuss the history and horrors of the humble condom and listen to songs performed by the NHS choir who achieved Christmas No 1 in 2015 and performed on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.