Late-night opening hours at London museums and galleries
Forget an evening in front of the television, visit one of the capital's top museums for a more cultural evening
Too busy to visit museums at the weekend? As most of the capital's museums have late-night opening hours at least once a week, swot up on culture after work instead. Here's our guide to museums in London that stay open late, and on what day.
Museums and galleries open late on Tuesday
The British Library's exhibition spaces are open late weekly on Tuesdays, from 9.30am-8pm. On show are temporary displays as well as permanent exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery, which houses some of the most famous written and printed items in the world: the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare's first Folio, Handel's Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and The Beatles' lyrics.
- 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
- Open until 8pm
Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage, the museum is a tranquil place full of unexpected treasures. On the first Tuesday of each month, the museum stays opens late (6-9pm, last entry 8pm), and the atmospheric rooms are lit by candles. Visitor numbers are generally high on these evenings and there is frequently a queue, so early arrival is advised.
- 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
- Candlelit tours take place first Tue of each month, 6-9pm
- Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
- Fri May 16 - Sun Oct 26
- Critics choice
- Galleries in East London
- Thu May 1 - Thu Aug 7