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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

What's Your Poison?

Brave a pathology lab's drinks list and you may be pleasantly surprised. This special workshop explores deadly poisons through tempting cocktails, teaching you about dangerous substances as you sip drinks such as 'Poison Apple' and 'Coffee and Cigarettes'. Tickets include three cocktails and must be booked in advance.

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Barts Pathology Museum Until Thursday August 6 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 July 31 2015 - Friday October 30 2015 Free

Magic, March Hares and Mad Hatters

Taking place alongside Alice in Cartoonland which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the first publication of 'Alice in Wonderland', this evening event sees magician David Weeks take to the stage to perform mysterious tricks, and female group OMA perform a cappella soundtrack. Guests can learn how to create Alice inspired origami, play indoor games of croquet and watch the original film from 1903.

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Cartoon Museum Friday July 31 2015 Free

Science Museum Lates: Churchill's Scientists

Critics' choice

Apparently Churchill invented the 'onesie', though we can't imagine he'd be pleased to see what it's become. Whether you wear one in tribute or not, this evening of World War Two-themed activities, talks and experiments will be great fun. Visit the Ministry of Food to try some wartime recipes, hear about Alan Turing's life and work, learn to swing dance and find out what Churchill achieved beyond politics.

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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 Until Wednesday November 25 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 July 31 2015 - Friday October 30 2015

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

Dungeon Lates

Take away the under-18s and add some booze and you’ve got the after-hours version of the London Dungeon’s daytime experience. On these evening tours through London’s most gruesome history you’ll meet demon barber Sweeney Todd, get the hell out of 1665’s plague-ridden streets and visit Jack the Ripper’s favourite boozer. You’ll wind up in the Dungeon’s Victorian Gin Palace bar – just the place to get over the aforementioned frights. The £40 ticket includes a quick delve into the dressing-up box, a gin cocktail on arrival and some extra tipples on the way.

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The London Dungeon Friday September 25 2015 - Friday November 27 2015

RHS London Harvest Late

The RHS's annual Harvest Festival stays open for the evening for some fruity (and vegetable-y) fun and games. Natural food and drink from organic producers will be availabe to try and buy.

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RHS Lindley Hall Tuesday October 6 2015
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