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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 attractions

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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?

Lates at the Science Museum

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.

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30 Nov 2016

Late Night at Sir John Soane's Museum

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.

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Sir John Soane's Museum , Holborn Until Tuesday February 7 2017

Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery

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.

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National Portrait Gallery , Leicester Square Until Friday December 21 2018

Late at Tate Britain

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.

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02 Dec 2016

Friday Late at the V&A

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.

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25 Nov 2016

Late at the Natural History Museum

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.

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Friday December 30 2016

Lates at the Science Museum

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.

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30 Nov 2016

Christmas With The Stars

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.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Wednesday December 14 2016 - Sunday December 18 2016

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

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Deedee D
Deedee D

Why is only 1 late mentioned?

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