Late night openings at London museums and galleries
Forget an evening of TV – try one of these museum lates for a more cultural night out
Too busy to visit museums at the weekend? Swot up on culture after work instead, as most of the capital's museums have late-night opening hours at least once a week. Here's our guide to the London museums that stay open late – click through to discover which nights of the week to visit.
The View from the Shard is a two-level deck (the first enclosed, the second partially open to the elements) on floors 68 to 72 of the Shard, offering Londoners and visitors with a good head for heights panoramic, 360-degree views across the capital and beyond (up to 64 kilometres, or 40 miles in old money, on a clear day) from 244 metres (800 feet) up; almost twice the height of any other viewing point in London.
- Joiner St, SE1 9QU
- Daily until 10pm
On a clear day the London Eye, the world's largest observation wheel, offers views as far as 25 miles away. Booking is advised but a number of tickets are held back for same-day sale on site, although weekends and school holidays tend to sell out in advance. The Eye is open daily from 10am, until 8.30pm Jan-Mar, 9pm Apr-June, 9.30pm July & Aug, 8.30pm Sept-Dec.
- South Bank, SE1 7PB
- Daily, see below for times
Attraction showcasing weird and wonderful items from around the world, such as a 13-foot-long Tower Bridge made out of matchsticks, a piece of the Berlin Wall, shrunken heads and a copy of 'The Last Supper' painted on a grain of rice. It's open 10am-midnight daily (last admission 10.30pm).
- The London Pavilion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0DA
- Daily until midnight
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