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.

Film

The Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

1st March - 1st June
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Goethe-Institut
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With partners, the Goethe-Institut London presents the first complete UK retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, who have crafted one of the most influential and controversial oeuvre in modern cinema. Screenings take place across several London venues.

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.

Europe Actually

14th March - 17th April
Goethe-Institut
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The Goethe-Institut London is delighted to invite everyone to Europe Actually, their series of events with a focus on the European common identity. Highlights at the end of March include a public live radio broadcast, poetry, a towel art convention and a starry get-together.

Concert
Music

Anne Boleyn Music Book

20th Mar
6.15pm
Royal College of Music
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Hear selected works from one of the Royal College of Music’s greatest treasures – the Anne Boleyn Music Book – a manuscript that almost certainly once belonged to the Tudor queen. The original manuscript will be on display along with copies of the recently published facsimile edition.

Third Thursday - Neon Life Drawing

21st March
6.30-8.30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Neon Naked is returning for evening of vibrant artistic fun. Join a life drawing class like no other using neon reactive art materials to draw inspiring colourful life models. Combining an industrial UV light and reactive body paints with hand crafted flamboyant accessories to get the creative juices flowing.

Film

Jefferson in Paris plus Q&A

21st March
6.20pm
Institut français
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Jefferson in Paris, screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Academy Award-winning costume designers Jenny Beavan & John Bright, as part of The Craft of Film: The Academy of motion Picture at Ciné Lumière

Crime Scene Live

Monthly
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.

Concert
Music

Thomas Zehetmair conducts Mozart and Dvořák

22nd Mar
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair skilfully directs the RCM Symphony Orchestra in this varied evening concert. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante opens the programme, treating us to rich textures, delectable harmonies and dazzling solo writing.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

23rd Mar
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.

Concert
Music

A la française

24th Mar
7.30pm
Royal College of Music
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From the sassy and satirical to the solemn and spiritual, let our the Royal College of Music conductors take you on a whirlwind tour of the French Baroque. This varied evening programme features everything from dances and airs to cantatas and motets.

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.

Movies

Wild Heart

27th Mar
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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A portrait of the popular German punk band ‚Feine Sahne Fischfilet’ and their lead singerJan 'Monchi' Gorkow. The “most dangerous band of Western-Pomerania” was under surveillance by the regional branch of the Office of Protection of the Constitution, while its members were raging against racism, homophobia and neo-Nazis.

The Science of Unesco Lates

27th March
6.34-10pm
Science Museum
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A special Lates, UNESCO world heritage sites and historical treasures are here to showcase the work they do to make the world a better place. Discover how technology is helping us reunite lost souls, determine how ancient manuscripts were written, track floods, map the deep sea floor, and chart the earth.

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.

Silent Disco

29th March, 26th Apr, 31st May, 28th June
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.

Creative
Music

Otis & Eunice

29th & 30th Mar
4.30pm & 6.30pm
Royal College of Music
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In two different cities, in two different places, one story is told. Otis and Eunice are in love. On a bright summer's morning the carnival comes to town and through the colour and the excitement, Eunice goes missing... A multi-location theatrical performance.

Free

Friday Late - Copy & Paste

29th March
6.30-10pm
V&A
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Explore how digital copies might transform the physical world and the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age.

Above the Starry Canopy

29th March
8.30pm - 12am
Goethe-Institut
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The Goethe-Institut London invites everyone to their get-together Above the Starry Canopy to celebrate the European common identity. Join them for an evening full of music, dance, European spirit – and the official opening of Stein’s Berlin. Free entry.

Music

Love Classical

25th April - 4th June
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Royal Albert Hall
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Love Classical returns to with an eclectic selection of some of the most distinct and original voices in classical music today. There will be a range of events taking place beyond the main stage, featuring everything from classical music for kids to late night performances in the Elgar Room.

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'.

Night Out

Cinderella

6th – 16th Jun
2:00pm, 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Christopher Wheeldon restages his sparkling production of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale in-the-round. Cinderella becomes a truly spectacular ballet as the Royal Albert Hall is brought to life with over 90 dancers, a live orchestra, and plenty of surprises.

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

Design
Movies

Bauhaus Spirit

26th Jun
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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In the year of the 100th anniversary of the legendary Bauhaus art school, the film celebrates its ideas, practices and people. A historical look at a utopia, including contemporary projects which prove that the Bauhaus spirit lives on.

Chemistry Lates

24th April
6.30-10pm
Science Museum
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The Science Museum will host a chemistry-themed Lates in partnership with Imperial College London and the Royal Society of Chemistry, giving adults the opportunity to explore chemistry and the museum afterhours. Free tickets and further information will be available in April.

Movies

In the Shadows

24th Apr
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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All that makes for a heist film is brought together in this Berlin-set film noir: a gangster just out of prison, an unpaid debt, a money transport and a corrupt cop. Directed with the precision and efficiency of a heist well planned and carried out.

Movies

The Cut

29th May
7pm
Goethe-Institut
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At the time of the Armenian genocide a blacksmith sets out to search for his daughters who were able to escape from killings. His epic journey leads him from Turkey to Syria, Lebanon, Cuba and the USA. Following his films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven, this is the third and final part of Fatih Akin’s trilogy “Love, Death, and the Devil”.

IMAX: Hubble 3D

From 2 November
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Science Museum
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Join a team of space-walking astronauts as they perform one of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Narrated by Oscar™-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Hubble 3D explores the mysteries and grandeur of our celestial surroundings and offers a unique and inspiring look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

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.

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.

Defining Europe: Eurovision in a post-Brexit era

16th May
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Since its inception in 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has been steeped in geopolitical controversies, even allowing Australia to enter in 2015. Beyond raising questions about identity, and national boundaries, can Eurovision offer us a new understanding of what it means to be ‘in Europe’?

Royal College of Music Concerts

22nd March
6.30-7.30pm
V&A
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Hear musicians from The Royal College of Music perform in the beautiful setting of the Globe at the heart of the V&A’s Europe Galleries. Concerts occur on the first three Fridays of every month.

Skyfall in Concert

4th & 5th Oct
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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For the first time ever, Skyfall will be screened with full orchestral accompaniment when it hits the big screen at the Royal Albert Hall. You will be able to experience Thomas Newman’s BAFTA-winning original score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in sync to the picture.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert

21st - 23rd Sept
1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK. The second installment in the original trilogy of George Lucas’ classic saga will be projected in high-definition on the big screen, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Dirk Brossé.

Design
Lates

Friday Night Sketch: Mapping Memory

5th Apr
6-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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During the Museum’s Friday Late opening, a professional designer or illustrator sets a sketching task inspired by the museum’s permanent collection or most recent exhibition. Participants are then invited to tour the museum and sketch what excites them about contemporary design and architecture.

Design
Talk

Kubrick’s design collaborations

30th Apr
6:30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Stanley Kubrick was fascinated with all aspects of design. He collaborated with the leading designers of his generation, from Hardy Amies to Saul Bass, Eliot Noyes, Milena Canonero, and Ken Adam to create costumes, film posters, props and sets for some of the most iconic scenes in cinema history.

Design
Lates

Museum Late: The Sound of Stanley Kubrick

3rd May
6-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Stanley Kubrick's experimental and powerful use of music distinguished his films. To coincide with the Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the museum is hosting an evening of activities celebrating the music in Kubrick’s films and exploring his enduring influence on musicians today.

Design
Lates
Drop-in

Friday Night Sketch: Drawing with Shapes

3rd May
6-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This month’s sketch will focus on the theme of Drawing with Shapes. Led by illustrator and animator Steven Wilson, the event will begin with a short presentation by Steven on his work and approach to illustration. After this, you are invited to explore the Design Museum’s galleries and to listen to live music in the atrium.

Design
Talk

Kubrick’s London

28th May
6:30-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Stanley Kubrick moved to Hertfordshire during the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He lived there for 28 years until his death in 1999. This talk explores Kubrick’s love affair with London and how he managed to morph the city into something entirely new in each film.

Responsible Travel

30th May
7-9pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Are you determined to reduce the impact of your holidays on the planet? If so, join our panel of experts as they discuss the various approaches you can take and answer the question: what does it mean to travel well?

DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsyste

2nd Aug
From 7pm
Natural History Museum
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See DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsystem perform in Hintze Hall. Kicking off with the Choir, outstanding singers and festival-circuit favourites bringing together gospel and house music. Then the multi-award-winning hip-hop producer DJ Yoda will bring his fresh beats centre stage.

Science Nights

Various dates
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.

Film

The White Crow

12th March, 22nd-31st March
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Institut français
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Ballet’s most famous star in the 50’s, Rudolf Nureyev stunned the world at the height of the Cold War, when he defected to the West. The White Crow charts how Nureyev plotted his flight in a game of cat-and-mouse with the Russian KGB aided by his great friend, the 21 year-old Parisian Clara Saint.

Magic of the Musicals

10th May
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Magic at the Musicals returns with a brand new line-up of leading cast member performances from the West End’s most celebrated shows, including Fiddler On The Roof, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Matilda The Musical, Disney’s The Lion King and MAMMA MIA! The Musical.

The Shams Group: Music of Love

28th March
7.45 - 10pm
The Ismaili Centre
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Inspired by the mystical poets, musicians, and thinkers of the East, Tajik music sensation The Shams Group merges poetic traditions of the East with modern music of the West. The group blends historic instruments with modern-day electric guitars, drums, and saxophones.

Luna Cinema

30th July - 2nd Aug
Film starts at 9pm
Kensington Palace
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The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with three of the hottest smash hit movies, The Favourite, A Star is Born and Mary Poppins Returns alongside the 2009 film Young Victoria.

Dyson School of Design Engineering Open House

22nd March
1-10pm
Imperial College London
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Part of Imperial Enterprise Month, the Dyson School Open House will bring you face-to-face with leading and emerging design engineers through talks, installations and exhibitions of work. So come and be immersed in visions of the future, sustainable design, audio experiences and more.

Free

Lates: Copycats

29th March
6-10pm
Natural History Museum
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From the hydrodynamics of whales to the metallic colours in beetles, natural selection has produced refined designs that allow living organisms to thrive in their environment. Humans are exploring and replicating nature's solutions to tackle the challenges of our modern world.

Percussion Festival

5th May
Royal College of Music
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The RCM's highly popular Festival of Percussion returns for another day of masterclasses, performances and instrumental showcases!

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Lates
Creative

Friday Night Sketch | Sketching Place

6th Jun
6-8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This month’s sketch will focus on the theme of Mapping Memory. You are invited to explore the Design Museum and its collections to create a series of sketches that explore our different relationships to place and their role in shaping our identity. Led by illustrator Olivia Twist.