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Museum lates: late-night museum events in London

Get your culture fix after hours at some of the capital's top museum and attraction evening events

What's not to like about checking out a new exhibition, drink in hand, often with music, talks and tours and one helluva buzzing atmosphere? Absolutely nothing, of course.

Museum lates in London

Museum of Brands Friday Lates

This cavern of a museum containing thousands of examples of historical and remarkable branding, packaging and advertising hosts monthly late openings for over-18s. Each event has a different focus, with entertainment, activities, cocktails and snacks themed accordingly. Tickets include a drink on arrival and all funds raised go to the educational Museum charity. On April 10 the theme is spice, so expect to tingle those tastebuds with fiery sauces and a chilli challenge. On May 15 the theme is 'Mad Men', and 1960s fancy dress is encouraged.

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Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising Friday May 15 2015

Late at Tate: Speculate

Late at Tate returns with a new programme curated by 15-25 year olds marking two years of the national 'Circuit' programme which strives to engage young people with little access to the arts. The latest series of events titled 'Speculate' are inspired by the collection displays and explore the themes of disruption and transformation. Sound researchers, theorists, musicians and performers will explore the different ways the gallery spaces can be experienced through disruption and also question the way in which we think about art ( May 1), while the following event will focus on speculative thinking as a tool for transformation and means of sparking creativity ( June 5).

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Tate Britain Friday May 1 2015 - Friday June 5 2015 Free

London Transport Museum Friday Lates

Take an after-hours, adults-only trip through the London Transport Museum for their Friday Lates events, which take on a different theme each month. May's session celebrates the launch of the Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces with an indoor mini park, pop-out postcards and glasses of Pimm's. Talks about places and spaces, film screenings, quizzes and music will provide the entertainment.

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London Transport Museum Friday May 15 2015

Museums at Night: Apsley House

This late opening is a rare chance to see Apsley House with its curtains drawn and chandeliers twinkling. Hear a series of talks and tales about the house's history as you're guided through the historic building. Places must be booked in advance for this adults-only late, which takes place as part of Museums at Night.

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Apsley House Saturday May 16 2015

Christie’s Lates

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Christie's are throwing open their doors for a series of late night events exploring art, interior design and collecting in all its guises. On the first Tuesday of every month, guests can kick back with an after work drink at the bar, attend specialist talks, and take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the UK's busiest salesroom.

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Christie's South Kensington Tuesday May 5 2015 - Tuesday July 7 2015 Free

Apsley House Twilight Tours

Torch-lit tours of the Duke of Wellington's regency home take place at twilight every Wednesday in October, with the chance to see his impressive art collection which includes works by Velazquez and Rubens.

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Apsley House Wednesday October 7 2015 - Wednesday October 28 2015

V&A Friday Late

An evening of themed talks, performances, music, food and special installations at the grand museum. You can treat yourself to drinks from the on-site bars as you explore the current exhibitions and take part in special events. Firday Lates take place on the last Friday of every month, except in December, so mark your calendars for a top-notch cultural night out.

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V&A Friday May 29 2015 - Friday October 30 2015 Free

Natural History Museum Late

A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant. Themes for each monthly discussion change; see the museum website for details of forthcoming discussions, which are bookable in advance.

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Natural History Museum Friday May 29 2015 - Friday October 30 2015

Science Museum Lates

Critics' choice

An adult-only opportunity to explore the wonderful world of the Science Museum, beer in hand, with themed talks, workshops, activities and installations. Entry is free and regular highlights include a silent disco, a comedy show and a pub quiz. No booking is necessary, but the combination of gentle learning and bars is very popular, so do get there early.

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Science Museum Wednesday April 29 2015 - Wednesday May 27 2015 Free

Museums at Night: Dickens After Dark

Take a shadowy trip back to Victorian London at this special late opening of Charles Dickens's Bloomsbury townhouse. Enjoy readings from the books which were written in the house as you explore, settle in for one of the classic film screenings or enjoy a drink in the candlelit walled garden. The basement kitchens will host butter churning demonstrations and introductions to Catherine Dickens's recipes. The event takes place as part of Museums at Night.

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Charles Dickens Museum Friday May 15 2015
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