Summer nights in London 2009

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From 7pm to 7am, London living doesn't stop while you're sleeping - explore the capital's overnight events, from all-night cafes and clubs to early-morning street markets, night fishing to watching the dawn break over the Thames

  • Summer nights in London 2009

    Don't even think about hitting that club queue until well after midnight


  • 7pm | 8pm | 9pm | 10pm-midnight | 1-3am | 4am | 5-7am

    7pm


    Medieval Banquet
    Recently reopened in time for the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession (perhaps a broad definition of ‘medieval’), this four-course feast – with unlimited booze – is served in a torchlit room, while musicians, dancers and jousting knights entertain guests. Children get in free until Sept 30 (one child per paying adult; excludes Fri and Sat).
    Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, E1W 1BP (7480 5353/www.medievalbanquet.com). Tower Hill tube/DLR. 7.15-11.30pm daily. £45 adult; £30 child (4-14).

    Playing the Building
    Everyone’s had a moment at a gig when they’ve wished they could be rocking out onstage with the band, but why limit yourself to such a trifling ambition when you could be playing the very venue itself. David Byrne, Talking Head, Eno wrangler and all-round artsy genius gives you the chance to do just that as he transplants his ‘Playing the Building’ installation from Stockholm’s Färgfabriken to the Roundhouse, giving you the chance to playalonga Byrne in the most immersive way possible. Until Aug 30. The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH (08444 828008/www.roundhouse.org.uk). Chalk Farm tube. 10am-6pm Mon-Wed; 10am-10pm Thur, Fri; 10am-6pm Sat & Sun. £5, concs £2.50. Ticket and barbecue ticket £10. Mondays Aug 10-31 pay what you can.

    Secret Cinema
    Held in city farms, ornate halls and car parks, the monthly Secret Cinema reveals its location to its membersjust before the date but keeps mum about the film itself until it starts rolling. Expect golden oldies, cult classics and previews of new releases.
    Next date at the end of August. Registration free via www.secretcinema.org.

    Ghost tours
    As night falls, take a tour round the city’s spooky sights and hear ghost expert Richard Jones, who has been terrifying tours for 27 years, reveal the chilling stories behind London’s famous landmarks.
    Meeting locations and leaving times vary. (8530 8443/hauntings@aol.com ). Tours meet Friday and Saturday from 7pm.

    Conversation Dinners
    The School Of Life offer talks, debates, sermons and lessons about all manner of things – How To Think about Death (7pm Oct 14; How To Be a Good Lover (7pm Nov 18) – which will help you along the road to being a wittier, more interesting person. In the same vein, you can join them for a Conversation Dinner, held in restaurants across London. Thanks to their inspired conversation menus, you shouldn’t be stuck talking about the weather.
    Next date: 7.30pm Sept 7 at Providores Restaurant, £50 incl three courses and wine. The School of Life, 70 Marchmont St, WC1N 1AB (7833 1010/www.theschooloflife.com). Russell Square tube. Noon-7pm Mon-Fri.

    Time Out First Thursdays
    The first Thursday of every month sees more than a hundred East End galleries and museums keep their doors open until 9pm, and it’s all for free.
    www.firstthursdays.co.uk

    7pm | 8pm | 9pm | 10pm-midnight | 1-3am | 4am | 5-7am

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Held in city farms, ornate halls and car parks, the monthly Secret Cinema reveals its location to its membersjust before the date but keeps mum about the film itself until it starts rolling. Expect golden oldies, cult classics and previews of new releases. As night falls, take a tour round the city’s spooky sights and hear ghost expert Richard Jones, who has been terrifying tours for 27 years, reveal the chilling stories behind London’s famous landmarks.The School Of Life offer talks, debates, sermons and lessons about all manner of things – How To Think about Death (7pm Oct 14; How To Be a Good Lover (7pm Nov 18) – which will help you along the road to being a wittier, more interesting person. In the same vein, you can join them for a Conversation Dinner, held in restaurants across London. Thanks to their inspired conversation menus, you shouldn’t be stuck talking about the weather. The first Thursday of every month sees more than a hundred East End galleries and museums keep their doors open until 9pm, and it’s all for free. 7pm | 8pm | 9pm | 10pm-midnight | 1-3am | 4am | 5-7am

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