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.

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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!

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.

Lecture

Designing a World for Everyone

Tue 21 Sept 2021
Online 6:30pm-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Curated by Design Age Institute, explore the power of innovative design to help everyone age with agency and joy in this thought provoking session. 'Designing a world for everyone' is the first of a talks series entitled 'Designing for your future self' which invites audiences of all ages to join designers, innovators, researchers and ageing humans to explore the ideas, trends and passions that are shaping our future lives.

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Outdoors

RBKC's Summer of Love

Until September 2021
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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Get ready to fall in love with Kensington and Chelsea again this summer post-lockdown. They’re celebrating what the borough has to offer with exciting events and activities taking place from June to September and you’re invited to join in the fun. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from parks, high streets and museums, to libraries, local businesses and more.

The Climate Coup with Mark Alizart & Robin Mackay

Thursday 23 September 2021
Onsite & Online 6:30pm-7.45pm
Institut français
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A discussion with philosopher Mark Alizart and translator Robin Mackay. On the occasion of the COP 26 to be held in Glasgow in November 2021, the French Institute launches a series of rendezvous on climate change with French and British thinkers.

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.

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.

Chris Hadfield in conversation with Professor Lucie Green

Wed 29 September 2021
7:30pm-8:45pm
Science Museum
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Ahead of the release of his debut thriller novel 'The Apollo Murders', astronaut Chris Hadfield joins Professor Lucie Green by live video link to discuss his life and career in spaceflight.

Music

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at 75 A Star-Studded Celebration

Tuesday 21 September 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate 75 years at the forefront of music-making in the UK with a star-studded concert. This very special occasion will also welcome Vasily Petrenko as the RPO’s new Music Director.

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.

Tours
Outdoors

Brilliant Bats Walking Tour

Thursday 23rd Sep 2021
7pm-8:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Join the Royal Parks' hunt for bats in the heart of Londonas they come out to play.. Be guided through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park at night to search for bat species such as common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles and noctules.

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
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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.

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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.

Movies

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Friday 24–Sunday 26 September
2021 Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Harry Potter™ film concert series returns to the Royal Albert Hall for the fifth instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga. Relive the magic while the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s unforgettable score live as Harry™ and friends soar across the big screen in high-definition.

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.

A New Culture Corner in Kensington & Chelsea

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
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Do you live, work, study or visit Kensington & Chelsea and want to explore a new cultural corner in the borough? Take a look at their new One Year Culture Plan! They have over 50 ambitions including digital programs, from investing £175,000 in the delivery of the digital Notting Hill Carnival to supporting Kensington + Chelsea Art Week, working with local artists and creative studios for its annual public art trail - and the launch of their first ever Culture Night on 2nd October.

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Food

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.

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Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

From 27 May 2021
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Royal Albert Hall
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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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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Orchestra World Tour

Sunday 19 September 2021
Starts: 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour is an electrifying new concert based entirely on the highly anticipated and groundbreaking game from SQUARE ENIX. Experience all-new symphonic arrangements based on composer Nobuo Uematsu’s rendition and the Final Fantasy VII Remake theme song Hollow.

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Music

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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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.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at 75

Tuesday 21 September 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as it celebrates 75 years at the forefront of music-making in the UK with a star-studded concert at the Royal Albert Hall. This very special occasion will also welcome Vasily Petrenko as the RPO’s new Music Director.

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WOW Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Thursday 23 September 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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WOW – Women of the World is bringing the world together at the Royal Albert Hall for a very special live, in person celebration this September. This one-off evening will feature a line-up of some of the world’s most inspiring performers, comedians, activists and thinkers, hosted by WOW’s Founder Jude Kelly.

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WOW Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Thursday 23 September 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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WOW – Women of the World is bringing the world together at the Royal Albert Hall for a very special live, in person celebration this September. This one-off evening will feature a line-up of some of the world’s most inspiring performers, comedians, activists and thinkers, hosted by WOW’s Founder Jude Kelly.

Beethoven’s Ninth

Saturday 18 September 2021
Starts: 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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An unmissable all-Beethoven concert culminates with the monumental Choral Symphony with its climactic Ode to Joy.

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.

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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.

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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)