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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Join 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.Read more
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.Read more
Catch a slice of midweek culture at these late night openings. Every Thursday and Friday the gallery stays open until 9pm meaning you can take part in drawing classes, talks and discussions after work. Guests can also enjoy live music, DJs, films, performances and drinks from the Late Shift bar.Read more
An after-hours chance to explore Tate Britain and discover more about its contents through activities, installations, sounds and visuals and discussion. The evenings are curated by 15-25 year olds from the Tate Collective London and are inspired by key works from the collection.Read more
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 food and drink in the pop-up restaurant.Read more
Join an adult-only opportunity to explore the wonderful world of the Science Museum, beer in hand, with themed talks, workshops, activities and installations. Entry's 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 get there early.Read more
Catch a thoroughly festive flick at this series of pop-up screenings in the heart of London. The National Gallery will be showing the likes of 'It's A Wonderful Life' and 'Love Actually', while Leffe will be supplying complimentary glasses of Christmassy beer. Visit the National Gallery website for times and films.Read more
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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.Read more