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.

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.

Friday Late: The Eyes Have It

28th Feb
6.30-10pm
V&A
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Find out how optical illusions can make our eyes deceive us and learn how to escape the ever-watchful surveillance camera. See films which challenge the lens through which we see the world and explore miniature paintings which attempt to capture the window of the soul.

Cinema Made in Italy

4th - 9th March
Institut français
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Ciné Lumière teams up with Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute in London for a 10th Anniversary edition of Cinema Made in Italy. Subtle, witty, moving, always inspiring, these films tell stories of transmission, cultural differences and give a taste of modern Italy.

Women Shaping the World

7th Feb - 29th Mar
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Institut français
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The Institut français addresses the issues and perspectives on women’s rights through a series of events, film screenings and discussions with and about women shaping the world.

Classical Spectacular

19th - 22nd March
3pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Ranging from a flood of pure white light to electrifying multi-coloured laser displays, the dazzling special effects bring to life the scenes and moods evoked by each glorious piece changing the way you experience classical music forever.

Science City Lates

26th Feb
6.45-10pm
Science Museum
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Science City Lates celebrates the opening of Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery. Discover how London grew from a lively capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 and 1800. Experiment with a camera obscura and step back in time to visit a plague doctor!

Third Thursday - throw miniature porcelain ceramics

19th Mar
7-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The focus will be on throwing miniature porcelain ceramic works on a small wheel, decorated with coloured slips. Pieces will be fired in an electric kiln after the event (items will be posted to participants once finished. Items are capable of holding water, food and frost proof for outside use.

Geographical lates: British landscapes

20th March
6 - 10pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Every landscape has a story to tell, and Britain has many landscapes. Listen to some of these stories as our experts guide you around our island, discover tips for your next staycation, and learn how we can all live a little more sustainably.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

14th Feb - 12th March
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Institut français
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A hit at Cannes last year which received a Queer Palm and the Best Screenplay Award, Céline Sciamma’s film depicts the impossible romance in 18th century Brittany between Héloïse, a reluctant bride to be, and Marianne, a painter commissioned to do her wedding portrait.

Talk

Leighton & Whistler: An Unlikely Pair

25th March
6:30-8:30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Most people think of Frederic Leighton and James McNeill Whistler as opposites, both personally and artistically. Join author Daniel E. Sutherland as he explores the lives and work of two of the most fascinating artists of the nineteenth century.

Tours

Queer Lives at the Palace

Until 26th July
6:30pm; 7:30pm; 8:30pm
Kensington Palace
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Queer Lives at the Palace is part of Historic Royal Palaces’ dedicated programme of LGBT+ events in 2020 sharing the intriguing and little known stories of the royal courts.

Movies

Caroline Link: All About Me

26th February
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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Based on the memoirs of the popular German comedian Hape Kerkeling, whose childhood in the Ruhr area was shaped by coal dust and the carnival season, the young Hans-Peter discovers he has the gift of being able to make others laugh - except his mother - the one person whom he wants to see happy.

Free

Shōchū & Awamori: Spirits of Japan

27 February
7pm-8pm
Japan House London
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A fascinating evening learning about the lesser known alcoholic beverages shōchū and awamori from a prominent panel of experts and a chance to sample these distinguished Japanese drinks amongst others.

Music

Music Rendezvous with Dgiz-Slam

20 March
5:30pm
Institut français
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Celebrate francophonie, eloquence and humour with Dgiz, a French slammer coming from the underground rap scene, mixing improvised spoken word poetry and double bass rhythms.

Music

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

6-18 March
Institut français
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary writer and Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison.

Music

Les Salons en Musique

Until 18 June
7:30pm
Institut français
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To celebrate the restoration of its 1907 Pleyel grand piano, the Institut français has launched a new series of chamber music in its renovated Salons.

Music

Music of the Sea

27 February
7:30pm
Institut français
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Winner of five prizes at the 2014 International piano competition of Orléans, Aline Piboule is a French repertoire leading performer. Music of the Sea offers a journey into the heart of Impressionism

Love Classical

April
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Royal Albert Hall
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Join Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel for an incredible evening of music, hear pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns performed by some of the UK’s most brilliant rising stars, and celebrate timeless choral classics with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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!

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.

Lates
Free

Imperial Lates: Beautiful Data

12th March
6-9pm
Imperial College London
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Data, data everywhere but perhaps we should stop and think? This precious commodity could deliver breakthroughs from medicine to understanding the universe but does the data revolution also threaten our personal privacy?

New Imperial Evening Classes

Start in Jan & Apr
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.

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.

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.

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.

Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef + Power UP Evening Session

8th April
6.15 - 10pm
Science Museum
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IT consultants by day, comedic duo Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton present their award-winning interactive comedy show ‘Robot Chef’, where the audience are invited to operate a robotic kitchen using augmented reality avatars.

Humanities@70: The art and science of saving Venice - Jane da Mosto

10th March
5.30 - 6.30pm
Imperial College London
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Join a special talk by environmental scientist and Imperial alumna Jane da Mosto focusing on Venice. Last November Venice hit the world’s headlines with the worst flooding in the city for over 50 years. This impacted not only the historic art and architecture of Venice, but the lives, homes and businesses of the city’s inhabitants and the eco-system of the lagoon.

Kids

Science Nights

7th Mar, 17th Apr, 2nd May, 5th Jun
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.