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

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 June 5 2015 Free

Draw it like Stubbs

Take inspiration from the work of George Stubbs who was able to draw animals from merely a written description made by drunken seamen. This informal evening will invite guests to draw creatures from both contemporary and historical descriptions to see how accurately they can illustrate things they can't see. The event is free but tickets should be booked in advance.

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Grant Museum of Zoology Tuesday June 2 2015 Free

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 June 2 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 May 27 2015 - Wednesday November 25 2015 Free
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