What's not to love about checking out a new exhibition, drink in hand, with music, talks, tours, performances, and one helluva atmosphere? Absolutely nothing, of course. Loads of London's top museums host regular after-hours events and evening tours, as well as general late-night openings throughout the week. Here's our round-up of where to head for your next after-hours culture fix.
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Museum lates in London: what's on?
Big kids rejoice, the sell-out After-school Club for Grown-ups at the Natural History Museum is back for another term. Explore the museum at night with a full range of activities to keep you (mostly) out of trouble, including face painting, t-shirt and mask making as well as a torch-lit trail in the dino gallery. And why not stay on for our amazing silent disco to round the night off in style. Tyrannerific.
The first Tuesday of each month sees the museum open from 6pm-9pm for atmospheric, candlelit tours. They're always very busy and only the fist 200 people in the queue will have guaranteed entry. It's then a one-in-one-out affair until last entry at 8.30pm so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
This February, the Crick Crack Club teams up with the Wellcome Collection to discuss 'wild ones': who they are, what they do and why we need them.
As part of Kew Gardens’ annual Orchid Festival, lovers of flora can now stay at the gardens after hours to gain an intimate look at the hundreds and thousands of orchids and tropical flowers on display. The lates include immersive sounds from electric violinist Jyotsna Srikanth, botanical cocktails, talks and interactive workshops.
Find our favourite museum exhibitions
Get ready culture vultures: some of London's best museums are showcasing an abundance of cracking exhibitions on now and throughout the year's events calendar. Whatever the day, week or season, there's always an exciting show to delve into, on subjects as varied as history, fashion, art and the natural world.